Is the only alternative an intellectual hothouse or a den of temptations?

If all truth is God’s truth, does it really matter where you learn physics and philosophy or engineering and English? Does the world view of the secular university professor mean that he will teach facts differently from the Christian college professor? Some say yes, some say no.

The Christian college is alternately condemned as an intellectual hothouse that breeds only plants too fragile to survive in the real world or defended as a haven of safety in a godless world—the only responsible choice for a discerning evangelical. Conversely, the secular university is depicted both as the haunt of irresistable temptations for the 18-year old innocent and as the only soil in which to grow sturdy, reproducing Christians capable of meeting effectively the exigencies of life in the twentieth century.

Is a freshman teen-ager better able to construct a scripturally informed world and life view in the midst of constant challenge at a state university or under the encouragement of professors committed to Christian faith? At the university he will be forced to test his faith daily in a milieu that is at best neutral, and often antagonistic to biblical faith; the positive influences to assist him and encourage his growth in Christian understanding will be at a minimum.

On the other hand, can an evangelical student really learn to stand up for his convictions and become an effective witness for his Christian faith within artificially sheltered confines where his faith is not challenged and where he encounters only believing fellow students and believing faculty?

Finding a solution to this dilemma is not easy. Indeed, there is no one correct answer to the perplexing problem ...

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