No generation of students has faced a world so divided and disturbed as ours, and no generation in modern times has been so poorly equipped with the enduring spiritual realities. The majority of students take it for granted that the interest Christisanity holds for people is primarily a matter of history—that is, of medieval history, or at best, of the past generation. For their pious grandparents it was indeed still a living concern, and perhaps even for a rather surprising number of parents. But in the present influential realms of academic learning, many students seem to assume, it is now established that Darwin and Christ, or Dewey and Christ, or Marx and Christ, belong to two wholly distinct worlds whose interests never bisect. And it is Jesus of Nazareth who is escorted to the world of feeling and fancy, while the real world of the hard realities of this life is associated with the names of contemporary idols.
Whoever thinks in such terms, however, is simply uninformed. For Christianity has as much to say and to offer this generation, and particularly its centers of thought, as any. In fact, the dire need of Christian perspective was never more pronounced than now.
Christianity has indeed lost its hold on large segments of the modern mind, and the shaping philosophy of most of the American universities and colleges doubtless sags far below any respectable Christian orientation. The need for a great Christian university remains, in fact, one of the indispensable priorities of this century, if an adequate evangelical leadership is to be rallied in the world of learning. The influence of the intellectuals upon any generation is always a decisive force in the charting of cultural compass-bearings and the direction of institutional ...1
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