Friday, November 16, 2012

Exiles from Eden: The Blog

Some of you may be familiar with Mark Schwehn's Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America.  Mark's book continues to serve as the manifesto for the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University,  a program that Mark founded. 

It is thus only fitting that some folks affiliated with the Lilly Fellows program, including Joe Creech and Mary Beth Connolly, have started a blog called "Exiles from Eden."

Here is what the blog is all about:

Exiles from Eden takes its name from the book of the same title by Mark Schwehn. In that book, Schwehn suggests that church-related colleges and universities offer a unique opportunity to be creative places of interaction among the values and challenges connected to teaching and scholarship in modern colleges and universities. He, and we, suggest that the pursuit of what matters most to undergraduates, graduates, and those who work in higher learning (church-related or not) is enriched by engaging ideas and practices arising from the Christian tradition. We hope that this blog will be a forum for such engagement. 

Exiles from Eden is sponsored and managed by the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts, founded in 1991 to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning and headquartered at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.  Exiles from Eden is not, however, a mouthpiece for the Lilly Fellows Program, and as such the views and opinions therein do necessarily express the views of the Lilly Fellows Program, its Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows, Valparaiso University, or the schools that comprise the Lilly Fellows Program National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, if you believe that any images, texts, or links are on these pages in violation of any copyright or trademark, please contact the Lilly Fellows Program at, and we will immediately take down the image, text, or link.

This blog is definitely worth a regular look.