No, there is no contradiction here. Just because lots of professors are Christian does not mean the system is without discrimination or bias, in the same way that having a black president doesn't mean that racism no longer exists in the United States.Ivellious wrote:I hear this argument a ton, but this seems to contradict the argument brought up by a few members that say "well, actually there are lots of Christians that are professors". You can't claim bias in the system AND having a large number of people in the system. That just doesn't make sense.Higher education is generally biased against religion. It's not a surprise that products of that system will generally be less religious.
My impression, after going through college and law school, is that promoting an atheist worldview in the classroom is far more acceptable than espousing Christian ideas. When a student is subjected to years of criticism of religion with no counter-balance, it seems reasonable that many of them would grow up to internalize the values that they were bombarded with for years. Of course, I doubt a Christian professor could get away with even vaguely promoting a religious belief, even as an aside, in most institutions.
This bias has no effect on how many Christian professors there actually are, other than the effect of indoctrination of course. My position is that the system allows for advocacy of atheist worldviews, but not religious worldviews, and you end up with more non-religious students as a result.
To be clear, I'm not advocating for forced religious instruction in colleges and institutions of higher learning. I don't think that professors should use their position of power to advocate for atheism, theism, or anything in between.