Evangelical higher education has made a vital contribution to the evangelical community over recent decades in at least three major areas: (1) It has transmitted effectively a very rapidly growing and changing intellectual heritage and related this to a biblical world and life view; (2) it has trained several generations of evangelical leaders whose contribution to the life of the Church and the world has been outstanding; (3) it has gained considerable respect from secular sources for a high level of scholarship and academic integrity. If the same sort of impact is to be maintained in the future, critical and constructive judgment must continually be applied to the central task of evangelical higher education—the transmission of knowledge and values within a framework of controlling biblical and theocentric assumptions. In line with this task, it seems appropriate to: (1) Survey the present national campus scene; (2) summarize student attitudes and outlook; (3) suggest some specific steps for action by evangelical colleges and universities.
The Campus Context
The cumulative effect of the vast changes that have swept over our culture and society in the last generation has finally burst forth on university and college campuses in the United States, and, indeed, throughout the world. The current situation is puzzling to those who wistfully recall the campus scenes of the forties and early fifties.
Sociologists who studied students of the two decades following the Second World War saw them as the Silent Generation, the Cautious or Conservative Generation, or even the Non-Generation. They were not interested in politics or causes. W. H. Whyte found them eager to become organization men: “They do not wish to protest, they wish to ...1
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