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Integration of Faith & Learning > Examples of Integrative Questions by Discipline

Examples of Integrative Questions by Discipline

Biology:  To what extent, if any, should genetic engineering be used to enhance human well-being?

English:  What are the similarities and differences in interpreting the Biblical text and interpreting other literature texts?

Sociology/Social Work:  To what extent are social problems caused by inadequacies in societal structures or by individual or group irresponsibility?

Business:  What social responsibility, if any, does a business enterprise have toward its employees and the geographical region in which the business is located?

Political Science:  What is the role of forgiveness in international relations?

Criminal Justice:  To what extent should the penal system be retributive or restorative, or both?

Fine Arts:  What are the limits, if any, on the freedom for human creative expression?

History:  How do alternative views on the "direction of history" (e.g., linear, cyclical, teleological) fit or not fit with the Christian narrative?

Computer Science:  What are the ethical implications of the use of the internet?

Economics:  What is the relationship between the quest for profitability and the Christian call for compassion and justice?

Education:  What is the relationship between subject-centered and student-centered teaching pedagogies in light of a Christian perspective on personhood?

Physics:  What are the similarities and differences between the use of models in scientific inquiry and the use of models in theological inquiry?

Sports Medicine:  What are the limits, if any, on allowable means for enhancing athletic performance?

Communications:  What is the potential for finding common ground through dialogue when the conversationalists are embedded in different traditions?

Harold Heie, Director
Center for Christian Studies
Gordon College

"Study is a specific kind of experience in which through careful observation of objective structures we cause thought processes to move in a certain way . . . When done with concentration, perception and repetition, ingrained habits of thought are formed."
-Richard Foster; Celebration of Discipline