Problems of witnessing to the saving power of Jesus Christ on the campus of a secular university are numerous enough and fierce enough to have made many a Christian, including myself, quail before them. Let me briefly present the five areas of difficulty I consider most important: technical problems; intellectualism; rebellion; the difficulties occasioned by a society whose value structure, like Mrs. MacGurdy’s hat, is noticeably slipping; and the problem of time. Later I will say something about the value of faith on a modern university campus, and what seem to me to be the strongest arguments for accepting the Gospel.
The technical problems vary from historical questions to socio-psychological efforts to explain away fives changed by Christ. I shall speak only of the historical problems here; my last points will include what I know by way of answer to sociologists and psychologists.
In considering the technical problems posed by history, some disagree with the assertion that we cannot prove that man’s earliest religion was monotheistic. Allowing for nearly anyone’s dating system—and I am happy to hear that Ussher is absent from the pages of Genesis in the new Scofield edition—man’s religious patterns were well established at least thousands of years before the appearance of our earliest literary hints of what he was actually thinking about. Through that vast period, which most recent studies expand to millions of years, what record we have begins with propliopithecus and the problems of fossil hominids. Fossil water and pollen analysis catalogue the progress and recession of oscillating glaciers. During the last glacial stages, now in the Mesolithic period, Gravettian decorations give ...1
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