What does "where we should expect its heart" mean precisely in this context? First to what does "its" refer to? To "university"? Then, what does it mean to say "should expect something’s heart"? Does it mean when/if we try to/want to find its meaning/essence/goal/value, we would be left by void?
Rather than being one (insecure) discipline alongside others, theology should furnish an account of the nature and end of the intellectual life—and thus of the humanities (or ‘humane studies’, as he has it). According to Webster, all intellectual enquiry is necessarily informed by an underlying account of the nature and goal of the intellectual life. Remarkably, however, the university does not teach us anything about why the pursuit of intellectual goals (research, teaching, learning etc.) is indeed valuable. Hence, where we should expect its heart, we are in fact left with a void by ‘the flimsiness and ignobility of its understanding of what it is about’. Theology, however, should recognise ‘the place of intelligence within the economy of God’s life-giving and restorative love for rational creatures’.