Several new Christian schools open their doors for the first time this month. Plans are moving ahead for still others. A summary of developments follows:
The following interpretative report was written forCHRISTIANITY TODAYby Dr. William Fitch, minister of Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto:
Evangelicals in Toronto are on the horns of a dilemma, and the cause is Richmond College, an evangelical liberal-arts college scheduled to open this month.
It is fair to say that the problem was not of Toronto’s choosing but was thrust upon it. A disciplined, single-minded team descended from the west with crusading zeal, affirming that “Canada’s foremost institutional need today is for the founding of a strictly Conservative-Evangelical liberal arts college.” In tones reminiscent of an aroused John Knox, the visitors warned that “our Canadian churches are going to suffer irreparable damage from the beleaguering and sinister forces of atheism and that our beloved land could well fall prey to a godless totalitarianism which at this moment is planning the overthrow of our freedoms” if we did not immediately take steps to establish a college in which all teaching would be in accordance with the tenets of orthodox Christianity.
Our friends from the prairies proved to be not only disciplined but also close-knit—and that in a special way. The central triumvirate consists of two brothers in the flesh and a brother-in-law. That their plans are well advanced became apparent when we learned that one was to be a chancellor, another president, and the third dean of faculty. What is more, since one of them is an honorable member of the Billy Graham evangelistic team, many assume that the mighty organization of our twentieth century’s greatest ...1
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