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

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In this season of working on and submitting college applications, it’s so important to get an accurate and clear view of what college really is … and isn’t.  Indeed, what happens in our colleges ends up shaping our culture tomorrow.  As totally devoted Christians, it is not only vital that you KNOW your role, but FULFILL your role on the college campus. But what is your role?  To answer this, you first need to get an accurate view of the landscape. Hopefully, this article by Al Mohler will help spark your first thoughts. – Arthur

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.

A wonderful and concise explanation of why this is so was provided in the pages of The Weekly Standard this week by David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University. In the course of making a proposal for the “reclamation” of higher education, Professor Gelernter wrote this very important paragraph:

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.

That’s why it matters to you. And that’s how the future direction of the culture is set by the current culture of the elite colleges and universities. Many parents are unaware of how this happens. Their children may or may not attend one of the most prestigious colleges in the nation. But in almost any other institution they will study under professors who want to be associated with (or eventually hired by) one of those elite institutions. Exceptions to this pattern are rare, and the influence of these elite schools extends throughout the culture at large.

David Gelernter is in a position to know. After all, he is a professor at Yale. As he makes clear, what happens at Yale doesn’t stay at Yale.

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2 thoughts on “The Cultural Revolution on the College Campus – Why it Matters to You

  1. I’ve always thought all academic achievement was given from God. For the most part He has given that to me. However, when I have episodes in which I don’t achieve academically as much as I am used to, am I going against God’s will when I try to regain that academic standing? I feel that God is teaching me to count my gains as losses and my losses as gains, but when I strive to regain the loss I feel that I’m going against God.

  2. I hear you. That can happen in any field that one is interested in excelling in, not just academics. Objective results aren’t God’s measuring stick, but rather the motive, intention, and effort given to doing your task for Him and in His Name with what He has given you, irrespective of what your peers have achieved or not achieved (see parable of the talents). It’s an internal gauge and measuring stick known to you and to God. There are those endowed with less intellectual capacity and prowess that will never enter the Dean’s List, but whom have accomplished more with what they’ve been given than many who made the list, for “to whom much is given, much is required.” And finally, 1 Cor. 10:31 kicks in here – “Whether then you eat or drink, or whatever you do (academics included), do it all for the glory of God.” That determine’s the legitimacy or illegitimacy of your striving. Blessings!

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