Of all danger areas facing religion and education today, the Western world’s college and university campuses are situated most vulnerably of all. Their neglect of Christianity has established them as vast temples of spiritual ignorance.
The Communist surge already has undermined the spiritual vitality and moral sensitivity of wide ranges of twentieth century intellectual life. Yet the majority of American educators remain profoundly indifferent to the inherited religion of the West. Thereby they imply the virtual irrelevance of Christianity as a world-and-life view to classroom concerns.
If an educator dedicated to Christian realities now constitutes an exception in academic circles, the professor who carefully delineates the bearing of Christian beliefs upon the content of class studies has virtually become an oddity.
From this neglect of the Christian heritage must result something far worse than a decline of denominational work among students, already distressing to many religious leaders. Loss of the intellectuals to the Christian cause means that the tide of creative thought is yielded to non-Christian, even to anti-Christian, minds. It means also that the Christian witness is mainly carried by those multitudes who, prizing Christianity as a religion of private devotion, do not sense its additional relevance to the spheres of society and culture as well.
This ominous prospect will worsen as enrollment in schools of higher education, currently totaling more than 3 million, doubles by 1967.
“Campus culture is not only not Christian, it is anti-Christian.… In fact, life and values on our campuses are further away from Christ and his church than those on the mission fields of Asia, since in the minds of students and faculty ...1
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