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October 16, 2013

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A real university teaches students how to think, not what to think. Obviously students must hear and consider many different views. In that sense, it's great that atheistic ideas are discussed on campus. Right? Wouldn't most Christians agree with this idea?

There are still plenty of Christian professors. It's not as if Christianity is banned or drowned out in academia. The recent trend is just that Christian professors are no longer the majority. But again, you wouldn't want a university with just one worldview, would you?

I'm a bit suspicious of the goal to "win back the universities for the cause of Christ." You don't want secular universities to just teach Christian doctrines. After all, that's why those kids aren't prepared - because they came from sheltered homes-churches-schools where contrary ideas were not discussed.

A real university teaches students how to think, not what to think. Obviously students must hear and consider many different views. In that sense, it's great that atheistic ideas are discussed on campus. Right?

I didn’t hear anyone say atheistic views shouldn’t be mentioned on campus. Did you hear that? The problem is this - at many universities, professors are happy to spout off opinions on issues which they are not qualified to spout off on (i.e. not the subject in question). For many professors, if they can convert a student here.....a student there, it’s just a bonus. It makes the job enjoyable.

This isn’t just a benign dose sprinkled about – professors are spraying atheistic champagne behind the NASCAR lectern. Many students would rather not get soaked, but they have no choice in the matter.

1. They’re giving students something of no corresponding value to the subject area.

2. They’re giving students something that the students did not pay for.

3. They’re giving students something that could very well be wrong.

4. They’re giving this all from a position of power.

Students ought to be ready mentally. This doesn’t mean you go toe-to-toe with a professor in the middle of class. This can bite you. But rather, you have on the internal armor so to speak. They can’t touch you, baby.

In the second film, wouldn’t it be something if at the end of the semester the following conversation took place.

Dr. Hopkins: “Anna you did very well in my class. Now, after that challenging semester, do you now see what I’m talking about when I speak of rationality?”

Anna: “Oh yes, Dr. Hopkins. Your view of rationality is very limited and I knew it from the moment you started speaking about rationality. In fact, it took some restraint not to engage you in the middle of class. I didn’t think it appropriate on the first day, but if you would ever like to discuss it further I’d love to fill you in.”

How many times would Dr. Hopkins have to hear that before he put a sock in it?

I know a Christian young lady who attended a very prestigious secular university and often times went head to head with her Christian-bashing professors. She got to the end of the semester and received her final grade (an A) from one of these professors, along with a personal note. The note stated, in summary, "I feel we, as an institution, have failed you. Your writing and responses to the subject matter were superior in content and, on those merits, you have garnered an A in the class. But you have not wavered from your closely-held Christian ideology and I take that as a personal failure on my part. I hope another instructor is able to do what I have not."

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