In 1900 there were approximately 250,000 college students in the United States. Today there are more than six million, an increase of 2,400 per cent. And this present student population is expected to increase by 50 per cent in the next ten years. What will these millions of students learn in their college years? In particular, what will they learn of Christian principles, absolute values, and biblical morality?
The first colleges in America were founded by Christians and had educational objectives in harmony with divine revelation. Timothy Dwight, president of Yale from 1795 to 1817, advised the class of 1814, “Christ is the only, the true, the living way of access to God. Give up yourselves therefore to him, with a cordial confidence, and the great work of life is done.” For the president of any great university to make such a statement today would probably be educational suicide. Now, with few exceptions, colleges and universities have abandoned the teaching of Christianity and the revealed moral standards of the Bible.
The move was not merely to a neutral position; often course material is decidedly hostile to the biblical faith. The March, 1967, issue of McCall’s magazine has an article entitled, “What College Catalogues Won’t Tell You,” based upon a questionnaire sent to a large number of student editors across the country. One question asked: “On which campus is a person most likely to lose his religious faith?” The answer: “Berkeley, the University of Chicago, any church-supported school.” Apparently, many of the church-supported schools are more theologically dangerous than the great universities, presumably because they require courses in Bible or religion that are taught from the liberal point of view.
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