Founding of an Institute of Advanced Christian Studies depends on evangelical response to a strategic opportunity
Looking ahead to a great Christian university on an evangelical transdenominational base, we commend to the vision and prayer of American believers the establishment of an Institute of Advanced Christian Studies. Highly qualified scholars related to the institute might later become the graduate faculty core of the Christian university. But meanwhile they would effectively serve the cause of evangelical scholarship by research and writing that advances Christian truth.
Ideally, the Institute of Advanced Christian Studies would be located within an hour’s access to an outstanding secular university campus. If a modest suburban estate or a suitable urban center were provided, the institute could be established as early as the fall of 1967 or 1968.
Compared with an estimated $25 million needed to establish a liberal arts campus supporting graduate schools of education, theology, philosophy, and creative and communicative arts, the endowment required by the Institute of Advanced Christian Studies would be far less. Even before the supplying of its ultimate endowment need (estimated at $10 million, and eventually mergeable into the larger university project), the institute could be launched on the basis of a modest foundation grant, some evangelical support in matching gifts, and the provision of a serviceable research center.
Quite apart from the possible future emergence of a great university, such an institute has now become an academic imperative for evangelical Christianity.
In the first place, the present intellectual climate in the secular realm has a repressive and retarding effect upon the Christian view of life ...1
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