We are in the midst of graduation season and some of us either have a graduate or know a graduate who is going to be headed off to college in just a couple of months. How can we help prepare them to face some the challenges and opportunities that college offers. Here is a list of the top apologetic books to buy for a recent … Continue reading Top 5 Apologetic Books for a Graduate
The supposed conflict between science and religion that proliferates culture today possibly originated with the depiction of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial in the movie Inherit the Wind (1960). Thinking back to your high school American history class, one event that is usually taught is the infamous Scopes Trial in which John Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in a Dayton, Tennessee classroom. While this event is worthy of study for political reasons as well as educational policy, my focus in this post is the propaganda that the movie heaved upon the cultural understanding of the relationship between science and religion.
A young teacher by the name of John T. Scopes was accused of teaching evolution in a state-funded school that allegedly violated the Butler Act of 1925 in Tennessee which prohibited the teaching of evolution. Defended by the well-known trial lawyer Clarence Darrow, Scopes was prosecuted by the three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. The atmosphere in Dayton, TN that hot summer of 1925 was electric like a sideshow carnival. Hundreds of reporters descended upon the town, including H. L. Mencken of the Baltimore Evening Sun. Articles for newspapers and magazines produced countless articles and cartoons on the trial. Stories were wired by telegraph as far as Europe and Australia. This was the first American trial that was broadcast by radio, while thousands of people crowded the festival-like town of Dayton. Scopes was found guilty and was fined a $100.
While the Scopes Trial in its own right was newsworthy, playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee created it for Broadway in 1955 as Inherit the Wind. It was later produced as a theatrical film in 1960 (directed by Stanley Kramer with Oscar-winning performers Spencer Tracy and Fredric Marchand along with Gene Kelly) and subsequently in 1965, 1988, and 1999 for television. Kevin Spacy and David Troughton starred in a 2009 revival at The Old Vic in London.
The 1960 film has by far been the most influential iteration of the Scopes Trial and unfortunately so. A much more faithful depiction of the trial is Edward J. Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning history book Summer for the Gods.
Randall Balmer of Dartmouth writing a review of Summer for the Gods states that:
Although Bryan has generally been regarded as the loser in Dayton, a hopeless throwback to the fundamentalist, antediluvian past, not all contemporaries saw it that way. “At the time,” Larson says, “in sharp contrast with later legends about the Scopes trial, no one saw the episode as a decisive triumph for the defense” (206). Only later, beginning with the 1931 publication of Frederick Lewis Allen’s Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the Nineteen-Twenties, did the Scopes trial begin to succumb to caricature, a caricature that was shamelessly perpetuated by Richard Hofstader in The American Political Tradition (1948) and Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1963). The main culprit, however, was the play Inherit the Wind, which appeared in 1960 and which, as Larson demonstrates, was intended not so much as a representation of the trial
Balmer correctly pinpoints that Inherit the Wind was the “main culprit” for depicting the trial as an exaggeration to create a comic or grotesque effect. Why should we be concerned with a film instead of history? Well, because of the influence movies have on culture. For example, there are numerous lesson plans (here, here, here, and here) for high school students on the movie. Just do a simple Google search to see the plethora of lesson plans available for teachers of history, English, science, and humanities that utilize Inherit the Wind. Thousands if not tens of thousands of students are exposed to the Scopes Trial via the movie every year.
The problem is that the movie promotes the propaganda of the conflict thesis between science and religion that I have written on before (see here and here). Carol Iannone describes it aptly: “While Inherit the Wind remains faithful to the broad outlines of the historical events it portrays, it flagrantly distorts the details, and neither the fictionalized names nor the cover of artistic license can excuse what amounts to an ideologically motivated hoax.”
History of the Film:
Inherit the Wind film was a originally a theatrical play in 1955 by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. It was later produced into the well known film staring Spencer Tracy and Fredric March. The movie was remade in 1999 starring Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott (it has several other television remakes as mentioned before). The play, and later the movies, change the names of the actual people. Here is a breakdown to help with watching the movie.
Being a professional student and spending over fourteen years in undergraduate and graduate education and another seven years as a professor at the collegiate level, it is disappointing to see the anti-Christian bias that is found on the college campus today. Instances have ranged from prohibiting Christian clubs from requiring their leaders (not members), their leaders to be Christian, to being shouted down in class for endorsing Christian views. The rise of anti-Christian bias on campus is evident. Granted, many of the instances listed here are in no way comparable to what Christians are facing around the world, but an indicator of the rise of this attitude was found in a 2007 study by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research concerning anti-Semitism on campus. Rather than finding anti-Semitism, the Institute discovered that 53% of college professors admitted to “unfavorable” feelings about evangelical Christians. No other religious group (including Muslims) was even close to this number.
Below are some instances of these “unfavorable” feelings about Christians on college and university campuses today:
School: University of Idaho College of Law
Issue: The University of Idaho College of Law’s Office of Civil Rights and Investigations issued no-contact orders to three Christian law students which prevented them from communicating with any student peers and restricted them from certain locations on campus because they expressed their religious belief in support of the biblical definition of marriage as one man and one woman.
The College Fix reports that three law students have been targeted for their Christian beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. Peter Perlot, Mark Miller, and Ryan Alexander are members of the Christian Legal Society. A taste of the article describing the incident:
The events which led to the university taking action against the three Christian students started on April 1 when the law school held a “moment of community” to respond to “an anti-LGBTQ+ slur that was left on a whiteboard at the University’s Boise campus.” The lawsuit does not state what the slur was.
The CLS students, including Perlot and Miller, went to show support and prayed together in a circle. In addition to the 10 CLS students, 30 other individuals joined in the community prayer.
A student approached the CLS members and asked them about their club constitution’s statement that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Miller explained the biblical basis for the beliefs and respectfully disagreed.
A student falsely claimed at an April 4 meeting that one student “had told her to go to hell.” Alexander, who was not at the April 1 event, disagreed with the student and said that the biggest form of discrimination on campus is against Christian students. He referenced the delay CLS faced in registering its club the prior semester.
School: Georgetown University
Issue: A Catholic student group called TFP Student Action held a ‘pro-family’ event on the public sidewalk of Georgetown University as protesters chanted “F*** these transphobes.”
While the profanity and alleged spitting are to be expected at universities today for those who espouse traditional Christian values, their right to freely express them needs to be protected. Ironically, the intolerance from those who declare themselves tolerant is lost on those who proclaim that rights are to be expected.
During the incident, while Lady Gaga’s song Born This Way and ABBA’s Dancing Queen were played on speakers to drown out the Catholic group’s bagpipes, protesters repeatedly screamed, “F*** your bagpipes,” and danced around the group with transgender flags. A female student walked up to the volunteers and said, “We’re walking up and saying get off our campus because no one [expletive] wants you here. Literally nobody.” The protesters later chanted, “F*** these transphobes.” In response, the volunteers prayed the rosary. Outnumbered, they were then surrounded by protestors repeatedly yelling, “Hey hey ho ho these transphobes have got to go,” and giving the volunteers the middle finger in their faces.
Here is a video of the incident provided by TFP Student Action:
School: Carlow University
Issue: Carlow University, a catholic liberal arts college in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, hosted an event with Prof. Miguel A. De La Torre in which he gave a lecture titled “Rejecting White Christianity.” According to College Fix De La Torre argued that white people should “crucify their whiteness, called for the embrace of hopelessness, and urged people to ethically lie to make right for past wrongs.” Ironically De La Torre is the Professor of Social Ethics at Iliff School of Theology and the event was sponsored by Carlow’s Atkins Center for Ethics.
De La Torre’s presentation explained that ““Those of us who are colored, some of us can also be white. But the good news is there is salvation, he said. Later, he explained that this salvation means we have to crucify our colonized minds, and for our white brothers and sisters, they need to crucify their whiteness.” Nothing about the salvation that Jesus brings us through the atonement of the cross. Again, ironically, De La Torre should understand substitutionary atonement because he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. But, maybe that he where he learned his CRT bent on salvation. I have written about the influx of CRT into SBC seminaries.
The College Fix goes on to report that De La Torre calls for a “trickster ethic” to transform society:
The ethic covers things like “how to ethically lie so we can discover what is true, how to ethically steal so we can feed those who are hungry…[and] how to disrupt the structures that have trained us to oppress ourselves and to take upon our body our own discipline,” he said. “This empire was built on stolen resources and cheap labor,” De La Torre said. “So hospitality is really the wrong word. What we need is restitution…By seeing this dilemma through the eyes of the margin, we come to a very different understanding of what the Christian response should be.”
He finally declares that a “rejection of what he calls ‘white Christianity’ is a rejection of Catholicism.” You can be assured that his rejection of Catholicism would also apply to evangelical Protestantism as well.
School: Hamilton College
Issue: A series of incidents at Hamilton College, an elite liberal arts college in New York state, portraying an anti-Christian environment occurred the week leading up to Easter weekend. A series of banners, satirical articles in student-published magazines, and suspension of emails of one of the religious clubs on campus have exemplified the bias against Christianity at Hamilton College.
The College Fix reports on these incidents which include a banner of the Last Supper in which they use Leonardo DaVinci’s famed mural to advertise an upcoming tennis match in which it states that “our seniors like to eat ‘cock’ for breakfast, lunch, and supper” as they utilized images of athletes and the coach in the place of Jesus and the apostles. The crude comment is possibly a reference to the rival team’s mascot.
The College Fix goes on to report that the “student satire publication called the Duel Observer published a mock article on campus newsstands during Holy Week that replaced Jesus Christ’s blood with his ejaculate then joked ‘it will still give us everlasting life.’ “
School: Sewanee: The University of the South
Issue: Students demand cancellation of assistant professors’ honorary degree for his Christian beliefs. Campus Reform reports that the students of Sewanee: The University of the South are calling for the removal of Eric Metaxas’s honorary degree due to what it calls “anti-LGBTQ” and “anti-democratic” beliefs and statements. Creating a petition for the cancellation of Metaxas, it references an article written by him in which he said that the LGBTQ community Is “capturing the hearts and minds of young people” through literature. Metaxas warns parents to shield children against such influences.
Sewanee: The University of the South is a private Episcopal liberal arts college in Tennessee owned by a group of southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church has been confused about its position about LGBTQ practices and ordination over the past several decades. The General Convention affirmed in 1991 that “physical sexual expression” is only appropriate within the monogamous lifelong “union of husband and wife.” The church elected its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in June 2003.
School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Issue: Christain student organization denied funding because of viewpoint discrimination.
Ratio Christi (which seems to be the Christian organization that universities like to pick on and persecute, see #73 below) was denied funding that the students of that organization were mandated to pay into. The Alliance Defending Freedom reports:
The university denied Ratio Christi’s request of $1,500 in student activity funding to bring in a respected philosopher who taught at UNL for several decades because, according to the university, it could not promote “speakers of a political and ideological nature.” The university told Ratio Christi that, to receive any funding, the student organization would have to “provide another spokesperson with a different ideological perspective” to counterbalance Dr. Robert Audi’s Christian views. However, the university spends thousands of dollars each year hosting and funding events that are political and ideological in nature without imposing the same requirement.
The really ironic thing about this situation is Christian philosopher Robert Audi was the Charles J. Mach University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, meaning that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PAID Dr. Audi for years as an employee before he left for the University of Notre Dame. Audi has published such philosophically rigorous works with Oxford Univesity Press, Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press, and Princeton University Press:
- Action, Intention, and Reason. Cornell University Press.
- The Structure of Justification. Cambridge University Press.
- Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character. Oxford University Press.
- Religious Commitment and Secular Reason. Cambridge University Press.
- The Architecture of Reason: The Structure and Substance of Rationality. Oxford University Press.
- The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value. Princeton University Press.
- Moral Value and Human Diversity. Oxford University Press.
- Business Ethics and Ethical Business. Oxford University Press.
- Reasons, Rights, and Values. Cambridge University Press.
Sounds like the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is just scared that he would represent well the Christian ideological perspective. Talking about running from the truth. Instead of engaging it, they want to silence it. So much for an open-minded intellectual inquiry of the life of the mind. At least Ratio Christi is open to it.
School: University of Houston – Clear Lake
Issue: Ratio Christi, a Christian apologetics student organization that is open to all students at the university, was denied privileges due to a leadership policy. The denial against Ratio Christi meant that it could not reserve space, invite speakers, or access the pool of funds they paid into that is reserved for student organizations, speakers, and events.
Why the denial?
Because Ratio Christi, a Christian club, requires its executive officers must “profess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ” and “agree to live consistently with their Christian faith.”
Other clubs on campus have similar requirements for their organizations: “For example, the Vietnamese student association has limited leadership roles to Vietnamese students. A military veterans’ student group on campus requires leaders to have served in the armed forces, the lawsuit said.”
The ADF, who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ratio Christi, site other examples including sororities, which limit membership to women, and political student organizations, which limit membership based on political ideology.
[UPDATE] The University of Houston- Clear Lake reversed itself and approved of Christian student group, Ratio Christi, after being served with a lawsuit. While that is a good sign, common sense should have told them how ludicrous their position was and shouldn’t have come to be served a lawsuit.
School: University of North Texas
Issue: During a pro-life prayer vigil protesters began screaming at University of North Texas students, “F*** your God!” In the video, you can hear one protestor yell, “I love sacrificing children. It is my favorite pastime.”
Kelly Neidert, who founded the UNT chapter of YCT and has chaired it since 2019, said some of the protesters tried to pick fights with the pro-life students, told them to kill themselves, and followed them to their cars to harass them.
Neidert has come to fear for her safety on campus, where she said other students often recognize her and flip her off.
The student organization along with Neidert with have received threats and even hex’s from witches and liberal student groups.
School: University of Louisville
Issue: Student expelled from medical school of the University of Louisville for pro-life view.
According to an article at the Christian Post, a medical student has filed a lawsuit against the School of Medicine of the University of Louisville, for discriminating against him over his pro-life activism. The article states that: “Austin Clark of Louisville filed an amended complaint last week in U.S. District Court against ULSOM President Neeli Bendapudi and 13 others after being expelled in July 2020. Clark, who formerly headed ULSOM’s Medical Students for Life group, accused the officials of harassing and eventually expelling him in retaliation for a 2018 pro-life event he hosted. The 2018 event featured Alex McFarland, a noted Christian apologist and author, speaking about the origins of life in the womb. The event was considered controversial by many students and faculty. ‘They are saying I was being unprofessional, but all I’ve done is to be a vocal pro-life student, standing up to bullies,’ said Clark in a statement last week, as quoted by Students for Life of America. The complaint alleges that from the 2018 event until his 2020 expulsion, Clark was frequently harassed by professors who allegedly verbally assaulted him. The complaint also alleges that he was arbitrarily given a failing grade in internal medicine even though he claims to have earned a passing score.”
School: Auburn University
Issue: Christian student denied a position by the school’s SGA.
School: Texas A&M University
Issue: The office of diversity’s website at Texas A&M University contains over a hundred terms as a resource for the students and campus. Includes “Christian Privilege” which is described as:
Christian privilege is the system of advantages bestowed upon Christians in some societies. This privilege arises out of the presumption of Christian belief as a social norm, leading to the exclusion of secular individuals and members of other religions through institutional religious discrimination as well as through neglect of outsider’s cultural and religious practice and heritage.https://diversity.tamu.edu/Home/Glossary#C
The irony or oddity or ignorance (you pick because they are obviously misinformed) that Christians are the most persecuted religious group on the planet (here, here, here, here, and here or just look at this post).
I guess they did see this “Christian privilege” of Christian worshippers up in Portland:
School: University of Virginia
Issue: University panel claims evangelical Christians are white racists
Three professors were featured on a recent panel hosted by the University of Virginia titled “White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America.” The College Fix reports that Professor Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the new book White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, states that “because they [Christians] are being selfish and because they don’t care, their racism, their sexism, their homophobia, their lack of belief in science, lack of belief and common sense may end up killing us all.”
The College Fix reveals that the panelists are no strangers to controversial claims: Larycia Hawkins, assistant professor of politics and religious studies at UVA, in 2015, when she worked as a professor at the Christian Wheaton College, wore a Muslim headscarf during Advent and argued Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Butler called God a “white racist” in 2013. Now, if you are conservative evangelical Christian, you are a racist.
School: Colorado State University
Issue: Student Government organization wants to ban Christian pro-life group
The student government organization at Colorado State University is seeking that the school’s administration prohibits the Christian campus club CSU Students for Life (CSUSL) from providing free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and information about adoption. Claiming that such organizations as the CSU Students for Life shames and spreads misinformation without providing any examples of CSUSL doing so. The College Fix reports that: “Pro-life student leaders at Colorado State University are pushing back against a student government resolution that seeks to ban a pro-life nonprofit from advertising services on campus. CSU Students for Life plans to host a virtual informational session this Saturday to educate the campus about the benefits of pregnancy resource centers (sometimes referred to as crisis pregnancy clinics), including the Alpha Center, which was specifically targeted by the student government.”
School: University of North Texas
Issue: Student group harassed for passing out Easter eggs with Bible verses.
At the University of North Texas, fellow students attacked and vilified for a Bible verse Easter egg hunt on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton. Coincidentally, UNT is my alma mater.
A registered student organization on campus planned to have an Easter egg hunt on campus by placing approximately 250 plastic eggs around the college campus that contained Bible verses.
“Half [of the Bible verses] were passages about Easter and Christ, and the other half were uplifting verses that weren’t really related to Easter,” said Kelly Neidert who was organizing the event.
In an attempt to celebrate Easter, bring encouragement to the student body, and provide a campus-wide social event while keeping in line with social distancing policies, the group has been harassed online by various online campus groups such as one 9,000 member UNT Facebook group containing parents, alumni, and current students. Objectors to the event, instead of simply choosing to walk past an egg and ignore them, instead have encouraged people to see who could throw away the most eggs or stomp on the most eggs.
Some of the social media posts attacking this event can be seen here:
One wonders if the harassment would have been the same if a Muslim student group passed out verses from the Quran. I seriously doubt it.
School: University of Vermont
Issue: Professor blames Christians for racial tensions in America
Ilyse R. Morgenstein Fuerst, a Professor of Religion at the University of Vermont, tweeted that “white Christian nationalism is the thing we’re all watching – it’s inextricable from the anti-Blackness murdering folks.”
This was tweeted in reaction to the death of George Floyd. I still haven’t seen any indication that the cause of Floyd’s death was because of Christianity or that the police action was motivated by Christianity. I saw plenty of Christian leaders condemning and expressing outrage over Floyd’s death. You would figure that an educated professor would be trained in giving evidence for such a claim instead of merely asserting it without justification.
School: University of Virginia
Issue: Student government condemns a campus Christian organization.
University of Virginia’s student government condemns a Christian student group for requiring their leaders (not members or attendees) to adhere to traditional Christian belief.
Campus Reform reports “A Christian organization at the University of Virginia asked one of its leaders to step down from his leadership position because he did not adhere to the group’s deeply held beliefs in support of traditional marriage. In response, the UVA student government passed a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation, specifically invoking the Christian fellowship that the student called out.”
Ironically the student resolution acknowledges that organizations like Chi Alpha can limit membership based on religious or political grounds. Well, which is it? Can you limit membership based on religious grounds are can you not limit membership? The incoherency is lost on them.
School: Oregon State University
Issue: Christians blamed for fires in California
According to Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies, the fires in California are Christian’s fault. Oregon State Prof Blames West Coast Fires on Christians (Nov 10, 2020):
Kyle Reynolds reports that “Susan Shaw, a professor at Oregon State, claims that ‘White Christians’ are responsible for the extent of the California fires based on their denial of climate science. She additionally claims that ‘the White church is mostly complicit with the intersecting systems of racism and global capitalism that underlie climate change.’ “
Shaw is professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies who has alleged: “white Christians” are to blame for West Coast wildfires.
School: University of Manitoba
Issue: Medical Student Expelled for Christian Beliefs (Nov 10, 2020)
The University of Manitoba’s Max Rady College of Medicine expelled Rafael Zaki a Coptic Christian whose parents immigrated from Egypt. Receiving complaints from fellow students who felt “unsafe,” from the mere words he wrote, not in class or on campus, but on Facebook. Expressing his own personal belief on Facebook on pro-life and pro-gun rights for his Sunday School class, Rafael was forced to seven disciplinary meetings and ten written apologies to fellow students and faculty. After pulling the posts down within eighteen hours of the complaint, Rafael was still expelled.
More can be read here which goes on to inform: “In July 2020, the University Discipline Committee determined that on the balance of probabilities, Zaki had committed an act of Non-Academic Misconduct in the form of professional misconduct. The Committee noted there was sufficient evidence to conclude the statements were “misogynistic and hostile to women,” which had a “negative impact on the learning and work environment.” The Committee “determined that a change in the Appellant’s behavior was essential in order to meet the professional standards set by the UGME policies.” At this point, Zaki was expelled altogether.”
School: Georgia Gwinnett College
Issue: Christian students free speech denied
Missed this one a couple of years back (Oct 10, 2020):
Georgia Gwinnett College prohibits free speech of Christian student restricted how he can communicate with passers-by on the public campus,. They even stopped him from sharing the gospel in a designated free speech zone.
This incident is now being challenged by the student in court and is heading to SCOTUS. College Fix updates on this case saying “When Georgia Gwinnett College threatened a student with “disorderly conduct” for sharing his Christian beliefs on campus, Chike Uzuegbunam sued it for violating his First Amendment rights. The taxpayer-funded institution revised its free speech policy after being sued, leading the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to deem the dispute moot earlier this year. Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.” Hopefully, they will rule in his favor so this discrimination and persecution of Christians on campus will stop.
School: California State University, Fullerton
Issue: Professor Claims Christianity Promotes White Supremacy (Sept 5, 2020)
Christianity reaffirms white supremacy and upholds racist systems of power according to a professor of psychology and sociology at California State University, Fullerton.
Justin Huft will be presenting a lecture entitled Religiosity and Critical Whiteness: How Christianity Serves White Supremacy to inform his audience how Christianity reaffirms white supremacy views; including how a “color-blind” approach maintains the optics of being “non-racist,” while upholding racist systems of power. Rod Dreher reports:
we have here a professor at a California state university giving a lecture on how Christianity “contributes” to what the contemporary American left has identified as the greatest social evil of our time. Note that even if Christianity teaches people not to judge others by the color of their skin, it is still white supremacist. How far do you think a Cal State professor would get giving a lecture on how Judaism fosters social evil, or Islam? You know the answer: because anti-Christian bigotry is a sign of enlightenment among these elites.
This is part and parcel of Critical Race Theory which I have written about extensively. Make no mistake Critical Race Theory is no friend to Christianity.
School: Rutgers University
Issue: White Christian Privilege Responsible for Slavery, Genocide, and Colonialism (Aug 18, 2020)
Rutgers University hosted Professor Khyati Joshi of Fairleigh Dickinson University to explain how “white Christian privilege” is responsible for slavery, genocide, and colonialism on September 9, 2020. Joshi, author of White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America, is a professor of education who also co-authored and contributed to Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice.
The College Fix reports that:
Joshi’s presentation discussed how whiteness and Christianity are responsible for “genocide,” “slavery” and “colonialism.” She said she wants people to understand “the role Christianity has had in the construction of whiteness.”She said that concepts like manifest destiny, the idea that colonizers were led by God to take over land, prove her points about white supremacy and Christianity.“We have to also take into account the Biblical justification for slavery,” Joshi added.During the hour-long presentation, Joshi explained what white Christian privilege is and the way it manifests itself in society. She said Christian privilege is “built into the edifice” of American jurisprudence. She also talked about how even non-white Christians enjoy some privileges.
School: University of California at Santa Barbara
Issues: Teaching assistant desires to assassinate Jesus (Aug 10, 2020)
Tim Snediker, a teaching assistant and doctoral student at in the department of religious studies at University of California at Santa Barbara, was asked what he would do if he was sent back in time 2000 year ago. He has deleted the tweet after much critical response. Maybe he was making a joke, but I don’t think it would have been so readily accepted by the university if he mentioned MLK, Muhammad, or Siddartha Gautama. Ironically, the department faculty page in which he is employed and is receiving an education affirms that: “human life is holy because God is holy.” He must have missed that part.
School: Harvard Law School
Issue: Law professor Christian homeschooling is harmful (May 15, 2020)
If it’s not bad enough Christians face forms of persecution on campus, at Harvard law professor wants to reach not only into the homes of Christians (but that seems to be the major motivation) but into the homes of all parents who want to homeschool their children. Bartholet, the director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Program, wants to authoritatively stop parents “essentially authoritarian control over their children” believing that homeschooling is a violation of the children’s rights. Homeschooled children, according to Bartholet, can suffer from their parents “extreme religious ideologues” and that the absence of mandated public education results in a threat to U. S. democracy and cannot “contributing positively to a democratic society.” Nevermind that democracy is when the people exercise authority.
Harvard Magazine ran an article about the professor’s position titled “The Risks of Homeschooling.” The truly ironic nature of this Harvard professor’s claim reported in a Harvard magazine, is that so many famous Harvard graduates were homeschooled such as Theodore Roosevelt, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Scores of other Harvard (and all the elite colleges in the United States) graduates where homeschooled, including a host of founding fathers who produced the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Another irony, the law professor writes against homeschooling, as parents are forced by the government to homeschool during the Covid-19 incident. The real authoritarian play would be telling parents how to educate their children. There is nothing “democratic” about that.
School: Harvard Law School
Issue: LGBTQ Activists Demand Restrictions on Harvard Law’s New Religious Freedom Clinic (March 25, 2020)
“Activists are demanding restrictions on the new legal clinic, including restraints on which clients and subject matter it can take, while enjoying more flexibility for their own preferred clinics, such as the new LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic.”
School: Arizona State University
Issue: Professor realizes that scientists are biased against Christians.
(March 8, 2020)
In the journal PLOS ONE, four academics from Arizona State University ask, “Are scientists biased against Christians?” In reporting on three different studies, the scientific academic community has a particular bias against evangelicals. Some the findings included the following:
- biology professors did rate a Christian student who went on a mission trip with Campus Crusade for Christ as less hireable, less competent, and less likeable than a student who did not reveal a Christian identity.
- while most scholars of religion would consider “fundamentalism” and “evangelicalism” distinct groups, scientists themselves tend to use these terms interchangeably
The abstract for the article reveals that “Christians are one of the most underrepresented groups in science, and one potential explanation is that scientists have a bias against Christian students, which could discourage and actively prevent Christian students from becoming scientists.” So much for scientific objectivity.
School: George Washington University
Issue: Students say the bible Is more dangerous than the Communist Manifesto (Dec 21, 2020):
Even though it has been shown that religion is good for you, Christianity has supported the well-being than any other movement on the planet, and that Christianity has contributed to morality, freedom, democracy, science, and that the West actually owes its values of equality and human dignity to the religion.
The examples above are the latest in the list. Below is the start of the list, but I didn’t want to reformat because of the time it would take. From this point forward, new examples will be listed above.
“Stomp On Jesus Assignment at FAU” at Townhall – Assignments, not just diatribes by the professor, are part of the “unfavorable” attitudes against Christians. If it was the name Muhammad, I believe there would have been a very different outcome.Continue reading “The Persecution of Christians on Campus”
Sean McDowell, professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, on his blog, lists the top ten apologetic books for beginners with short descriptions of each. He includes: Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis More Than a Carpenter, by Sean and Josh McDowell The Reason for God, by Tim Keller The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel Cold-Case Christianity, by J. Warner Wallace Tactics: A Game Plan for … Continue reading Top Apologetics Books for Beginners
William D. Mounce, who is well known for his work on the language of the New Testament such as Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and Greek for the Rest of Us: The Essentials of Biblical Greek, has written a fine work of apologetics titled Why Should I Trust the Bible?: Answers to the Real Questions and Doubt People Have about the Bible. I will be … Continue reading Book Notice: Why I Trust the Bible
William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith ministry has produced their newest animated video, the final one in Dr. Craig’s On Guard series!This film was created as a simple, accessible tool for communicating the Gospel with others and inviting them into a relationship with Jesus. Check out my post for a host of other animated videos on apologetics and other similar issues at Animated Apologetics Continue reading Video: “Is It Possible to Know God?”
Sean McDowell, professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University and part-time high school teacher, has been producing a series of short videos on the most misunderstood verses of the Bible that are definitely worth the little time that it takes to watch them. As of this posting he has done the first five. As they come out I will include the on this post. Some of … Continue reading Apologetics Resource: Top Ten Most Misunderstood Verses of the Bible
I am sure you have heard that when Jesus cried out in a loud voice from the cross saying “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:33-34; Matthew 27:45-46) this was when God the Father turned his back on Jesus or turned his face away from Him because as He bore the sins of the world and God could not face Him. … Continue reading “My God, My God” Why Do Pastors Misinterpret Me?
This Throwback Thursday is of my Interfaith Dialogue I had at UTD on the nature of salvation in Christianity and Islam: I had the privilege of participating in an InterFaith Dialogue at the University of Texas at Dallas on Thursday night November 14. The local university chapter of Reasonable Faith UTD and the Muslim Student Association of UTD organized the event and had a great … Continue reading “Throwback Thursday”: InterFaith Dialogue: Salvation in Christianity and Islam
Stand to Reason, the apologetics organization led by Greg Koukl, has created “an online training program designed to produce a particular kind of person: an effective ambassador for Christ. Using short, interactive, and engaging courses, STR U equips Christians to make an even-handed, yet gracious defense for Christianity and Christian values in the public square.” Stand to Reason has been producing apologetics resources for the church … Continue reading Apologetics Resource: STR U