The Persecution of Christians on Campus

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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:

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School: California College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) Program at Mason High School (via a San Diego Mason College Professor)

Issue: Professor labels Christians as Fascists

As far as I can tell, has a professor from San Diego Mason College to teach college courses on District campuses at Mason High School. Whatever the case, students capture it on camera that the professor allegedly labeled “White” people, “Christian[s],” and “heterosexual[s]” as “fascist.” According to the Washington Examiner, “A teacher from Madison High School in San Diego claimed fascists are synonymous with the “modern-day Republican Party” and “white, Christian, heterosexuals,” according to a student at the school.” A student, who did not want to be identified, stated that “He just kind of put up that they’re fascists, and they support a fascist government,” the student said. “Immediately — he didn’t even ask the class about it. He just made the assumption right away that whites and Christians automatically support a fascist government.” This is becoming the norm at college: Christians are anti-science, Christians are fascists, Christian groups denied funding at colleges, Christians denied positions of leadership, and on and on it goes.

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School: University of Houston

Issue: Candidate denied a position for the SGA Supreme Court due to religious beliefs.

This could not be a more blatant example of religious bigotry and persecution against a Christian. Mya Little, a student at the University of Houston, hoped to attain a position as an associate justice of the Student Government Association (SGA) Supreme Court. During her speech for her bid as associate justice Little read a Bible verse and repeatedly emphasized her Christian beliefs. That, according to the SGA members of the University of Houston, disqualified her. They dismissed her from the chamber to discuss her “bias.” Campus Reform reports that “during this discussion, SGA members expressed concerns over Little’s religious beliefs.” According to the school’s newspaper, The Cougar, Little had accomplishments and qualifications such as being a member of the Black Law Students and First Generation Coogs which helped first-generation college students at the university.

The real irony is that Mya Little would have been the first Black woman to serve as an SGA Supreme Court justice. Here is a video discussing the real bias of the current SGA members:

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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.

Novel Apologetics: 8 Apologetic Novel Series

Apologetics is not usually known for producing gripping fictional thrillers, but it does have a few.  In fact, I think you might be surprised by how many novel apologetic works are out there.  Here is a sampling.  If you know of any others add it to the list below with a link to its Amazon page.

1. The Well of the Soul by Doug Powell
Doug Powell is not new to apologetics having published several accessible books called the “iWitness” series such as Resurrection iWitness, Jesus iWitness, and iWitness Archaeology along with The Ulitmate Guide to Defend Your Faith. More recently, Doug Powell has started a new series following the adventures of Graham Elliot:
Amazon.com: The Well of the Soul (Graham Eliot): 9781941720738: Powell,  Doug: Books“Graham Eliot, Ancient Near East scholar, into a hunt for the treasures of the second temple. The list has already cost the life of a colleague, and now he is being pursued as he races to recover what has been lost for almost 2,000 years.

As he literally digs into Jerusalem, he is haunted by the recent deaths of his wife and daughter, which have left him doubting the existence of God. His spiritual and archaeological struggles become more entwined as his life is repeatedly threatened the longer the work continues. When he reaches the final site—the cisterns below the Temple Mount, a network of caves and tunnel no one has entered in 150 years and that no one has ever explored—Graham discovers far greater treasure than he ever imagined.”

There are already two books out in this series. The Well of the Soul is followed by Among the Ashes. As I wasAmong the Ashes (Graham Eliot) by [Doug Powell] reading the first book, I found a lot of overlap between the fictional book and real life. For example, the practice of deconstructing cartonnage (i.e., mummy masks) reminds me of the allegedly first-century fragment of Mark that was supposedly uncovered under a mummy mask that did not turn out to be from the first-century that I wrote and reported about before. The second book of the Graham Eliot series by Powell has Eliot digitizing New Testament manuscripts like Daniel Wallace of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts.
In short, you follow Graham Eliot in this series of biblical archaeological thrillers as he pursues truth wherever it leads. Murder, action, and apologetics.

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Apologetics Resource: Apologetics Quick Guide

Announcing: APOLOGETICS QUICKGUIDE UPDATE: Add several videos on the various religions of the world and soon will be adding a survey of New Religious Movements.  Here is the introductory video to the World Religions survey: Along with the series of presentations on the evidence of Christianity (1. Does God Exist? 2. Is the Bible Reliable? 3. Is Jesus God? and 4. Did Jesus Rise from … Continue reading Apologetics Resource: Apologetics Quick Guide

Apologetics Resource: Top Ten YouTube Apologetic Channels

There has been a dramatic increase in YouTube Channels dedicated to Apologetics. It is popularly said that YouTube is the 2nd most used search engine after Google (although there is some nuance to that given that YouTube is owned by Google and when you search on Google it provides YouTube videos in its results). Nevertheless, it is undeniable the use that YouTube is receiving and … Continue reading Apologetics Resource: Top Ten YouTube Apologetic Channels

Science Series: “Inherit the Wind”

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.

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Top Apologetics Books for Beginners

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

Book Notice: Why I Trust the Bible

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

Video: “Is It Possible to Know God?”

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?”

Apologetics Resource: Top Ten Most Misunderstood Verses of the Bible

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