SKEPTICAL GENERATION—I think there is no question that the vital core of this generation is engaged in a spiritual and intellectual temporizing action; essentially and bodily skeptical, it operates behind a mask of attentive compliance in order to preserve pleasures it understands. It lives in a medium of low pressure doubt which would be intolerable to anyone that ever experienced the exhilaration of a conviction.—Professor F. J. KAUFFMAN, the University of Rochester, “Be Careful Young Men—Tomorrow’s Leaders Analyzed by Today’s Teachers,” Nation (March, 1957).
QUEST FOR MEANING—What every young person seeks in college from liberal education—whether or not he has articulated this—is self discovery.… What such a person wants—what we all want—is a meaning that becomes a motivating force in our lives. And when we ask this question, whether we are conscious of it or not, we have begun to think religiously, and have begun to ask of God.—NATHAN M. PUSEY, president of Harvard University, “Religion’s Role in Liberal Education,” Religion and Freedom of Thought (1954).
A ONE-SIDED CURRICULUM—Many students go through four years of college and become fairly well equipped for their particular profession without ever being forced seriously to consider the most basic questions of life. In the busy curriculum, concern for acquiring the “how” of making a living has largely replaced the inquiring “why” of existence and ultimate purpose in life.—CHARLES E. HUMMEL, Campus Christian Witness (1958).
SURVEY OF 25 CAMPUSES—We found no religious revival on the campuses we visited. There was an honest interest in what religion has to offer; on some campuses, administrative officers and chaplains reported an increase in the number attending chapel and ...1
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