After a period of dismissal Christ is once again gaining entry to the American campus.
There was a time, actually not too long ago, when he was the center of student and faculty thought and action. In him the curricular panorama and personal life as well found their integrating force, their touchstone of being. He was both acknowledged and worshiped as the Creator of all! Colleges were founded and dedicated to his honor and glory.
As that scientism which worships the creation rather than the Creator pushed to the fore, however, his influence gradually dwindled. The repeatable, demonstrable, “sure” things came to dominate the thinking of students and teachers alike. Man’s innate longing for security placed its hope in a system of classification and explanation. Exactness in measurement and historical development obscured and confused the issue of First Cause; plausible speculative hypotheses vied for attention.
Because of man’s growing ability to discover and interpret the amazing relationships of the material universe, his self-sufficiency knew no bounds. Ever-growing faith in mankind became a natural corollary to confidence in laboratory findings. To many scientists the analysis of matter seemed to indicate just the reverse of the original synthesis of the natural world, something acomplished without plan, purpose, or intellect. Laying bare the secrets of creation made many researchers and teachers put aside as irrelevant the concept and worship of the Creator and the supernatural. This attitude was easily caught up by students. Particularly susceptible were those who eagerly absorbed everything their teachers offered as the correct answers to the growing avalanche of scientific queries. It was not long before Christ was dismissed ...1
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