The anonymous reporter in Andrew Moon's very interesting post, "An Opionated Play-by-Play of the Plantinga-Dennett Exchange" (a few posts down) writes:
I prefer to remain anonymous for various reasons, in particular because I am inclined towards Plantinga's position over Dennett's and were this to become well-known it could damage or destroy my career in analytic philosophy.
I want to be very clear upfront that I'm not questioning the wisdom of this person remaining anonymous. Different people find themselves in very different situations, and I'm in no position to judge here -- especially since I know so little of this person's situation.
I am worried, though, that on the basis of that remark, and other things they might be reading these days, readers might be developing in inaccurate picture of how Christians are generally treated in the world of professional philosophy. I'm especially concerned about the picture that might be forming in the minds of Christian students who are potential philosophers, but who might be scared away from going on in philosophy because they fear that world is more hostile to Christians than it really is. The job market for those starting out in philosophy is very tough, so everybody should think very carefully about whether they want to pursue a career in professional philosophy. What I'm concerned with here is the extent to which Christians should be especially concerned, due to extra hurdles they fear they might face. Of course, it might be me who has the inaccurate -- because it's too rosy -- picture. What I hope is that this post might contribute to a more balanced picture.
So, first, I'll report on my own experience. All my jobs have been at secular universities. I've always had items on my CV that would mark me out as at least a potential Christian (a Calvin College BA and an interest in philosophy of religion), and I've never made any attempts to hide the fact that I am. I believe I'm known in the profession as being a Christian philosopher. I take myself to have been treated very fairly by my atheist colleagues in philosophy. Perhaps most notable is my first job, since how one starts out one's career is very important, and because that was at a department -- the philosophy department at NYU circa 1990-1993 -- that was, I believe, quite thoroughly non-Christian. I can't really say with confidence that everyone there then was an atheist: I never really discussed such matters with many of my colleagues there. But several were clearly atheists, and none that I knew of were Christians or even theists. I was their second choice, but was thrilled to be so: I was a new PhD, and their first choice had been out a couple of years and was already extremely accomplished & more accomplished than me, and, because he decided to take another job, second place turned out to be good enough to land the job. And during my 3 years at NYU (it was only 3 years because, especially with two very young children, my wife really didn't want to live there any more: it really had nothing to do with my professional situation, which I was extremely happy with), and in my subsequent jobs and various dealings with the profession, I have always felt that I was treated extremely fairly by atheist philosophers. I haven't worked at a Christian college, but was up for a job (while ABD) at such a college, and based in small part on that experience, but in large part on my discussions with various people who do teach in such institutions, I am quite confident in saying that I would have experienced far more trouble for expressing my religious beliefs at Christian colleges (or at least at very many of them) than I actually have at my jobs at secular universities. (Perhaps most notable here is that I'm a Christian universalist -- I believe that Christ's act of righteousness will lead to acquittal and life for all people. As I've learned (thankfully not through personal experience), one can get into significant trouble at various Christian colleges if one is open about holding such a belief. I discuss this issue a bit here.)
Second, I'll refer readers to a blog discussion from several years ago, in which different views are expressed about whether and to what extent Christians are discriminated against in seeking philosophy jobs. The blog post is here, and the relevant comments (it's part of a larger discussion about other topics; I guess to some extent we "hijacked" the comment thread) are #s 4, 13, 17, 37, 40, 43-50, 52. I would like to stress now, though, that I've subsequently become more worried about Christians, and more generally, religious believers of various stripes, who have theological beliefs that are in certain ways unorthodox. If those who think there is considerable discrimination against religious believers are right (and they might well be, though I myself think things aren't that bad), these less orthodox religious believers might face an environment that is very hostile to them indeed, facing discrimination against them for being religious believers at secular departments, and having an even steeper uphill battle at many Christian colleges, at least to the extent that they're open about their views.