Sommerville, C. John. The Decline of the Secular University. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Chapter 12, “A Vision of the Future” pp. 143-144.
In his brief closing remarks Sommerville asks the reader to imagine universities which welcome both secular and religious viewpoints, which are willing to explore humans and human nature in depth, and which seek to encourage all students to discover the roots of their cultures and beliefs. Such a place could actually pursue questions of morality, truth, and inquiry that would be neutral about religion, rather than being opposed to it (Sommerville 2006, 143). Sommerville suggests it could start with requsts that students and their views be treated with respect, even if they have religious convictions. It would also help if those with specific religious convictions made the relevance of those convictions clear. Inviting all people into the discussion is a valuable way of restoring the relevancy of our academic institutions (Sommerville 2006, 144).