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