I just read a fantastic piece in Inside Higher Ed by Karl Giberson and Thomas Howard on the possibilities and pitfalls for evangelical institutions attempting to advance Christian learning. The items on the credit side of the ledger should be well known at this point, but less often are the debits stated so baldly: Many evangelical institutions are hamstrung by both the theological tenets and intellectual habits of Fundamentalism. The tenets can be found in these schools’ statements of faith. The habits are harder to define. They might include a tendency towards amnesia about the greater Christian tradition, literalistic and simplistic reading habits, and a knee-jerk-reactionary bent.
But, in any case, such tenets and habits prevent such institutions from engaging constructively with the natural sciences (particularly when it comes to the issue of evolution), with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, and I would add (ironically) with the best of contemporary Biblical scholarship.
The piece is a bit long, but well worth a read. It has certainly given me a lot to think about.