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-Major Universities Continue to be the Source of American Secularization?

by Dr. D ~ October 3rd, 2013

Harkness Tower on Campus of Yale University

                                   (Yale University: Wikipedia)

Here’s an important article by Dr. Albert Mohler Jr. which identifies major universities in America as the primary source of secularization and cultural change that is driving the dominant culture away from a Judeo-Christian world view:

The Cultural Revolution on the College Campus—Why it Matters to You

Here’s the opening paragraph:

Several  years ago, sociologist Peter Berger argued that secularization has been most pervasive in two social locations—Western Europe and the American college and university campus. The campuses of elite educational institutions are among the most thoroughly secularized places on our planet. This should concern anyone with an interest in higher education, of course. But it really matters to every American—or at least it should.

Here’s the most important defining observation from the article. It is a quote from David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University:

Since the cultural revolution culminating in the 1970s, the left has run nearly all of the nation’s most influential, prestigious universities. Their alumni, in turn, run American culture—the broadcast networks, newspapers, the legal and many other professions, Hollywood, book publishing, and, most important, the massive, insensate, crush-everything-in-your-path mega-glacier known as the U.S. federal bureaucracy—and even more important than that, the education establishment charged with indoctrinating our children from kindergarten up.

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Response: Many Christian parents think that the cultural battles can be avoided by sending their children to Christian schools. What the article does not say is that even Christian colleges and universities both great and small have also been substantially affected by the now prevailing secular world view since most of their professors and teachers have received their PhD’s from major American universities. While many Christian schools have a covenant of faith to be honored nevertheless the cultural wars continue in a lessor degree even in most Christian institutions.            *Top

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1 Response to -Major Universities Continue to be the Source of American Secularization?

  1. mark

    As a secular humanist I take umbrage at the notion that modern thinking is fundamentally antithetical to religious belief. The two polarized trends can embellish each other if understanding both side’s perspectives becomes a positive endeavor. So, for example, the post-modern thinker can re-understand religion in the context of metaphor and enrichment of life as a reaction to the spiritual blandness of a pure scientific and objective view of one’s life. Universities are obligated to eschew the subjective, per se, and trend towards objective verification and reason as a means of knowledge acquisition, this is the mandate of university education and should not be slighted, so fear not, it is one aspect of truth seeking in the life of an individual and not to be understood as the sole method of refining ones world view.

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