While faith-related discussions are common at BYU, many colleges and universities across the country, including those that are not church-related, are recognizing the importance of religion and the ways that faith can intersect with scholarship, said two scholars who recently presented a conference at BYU on that topic.
"Most educators recognize that human beings aren't just material," said Rhonda Jacobsen, a professor of psychology and director of faculty development at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. "There is a spiritual dimension to life. And to have an educational system that doesn't recognize (that) ... is a fairly restricted view of what's appropriate for education."
Faith and scholarship across the country
For 10 years, Rhonda and Douglas Jacobsen, who is also a professor at Messiah College, have studied how faith and scholarship connect as well as how educational institutions deal with religion and spirituality.