Jerry Newcombe

As we pointed out a decade ago in a documentary, “What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?” hosted by Dr. Kennedy, the university system began c. 1200 in Christian Europe, essentially to reconcile Christian teaching with the newly rediscovered writings of Aristotle.

The University of Paris became the prototype for the university system, as various tutors and lecturers would meet with students. Even the name “university” was coined because of the ad hoc school that was forming in Paris.

Dr. Alexander Murray, retired Oxford history professor, told our viewers, “Paris was like a market where different people were setting up. And, bit by bit, the city authorities, they said, ‘Let’s treat them not just as this or that school, but as an altogetherness.’ ‘Universitas’ in Latin.”

Dr. Paul Maier of Western Michigan University added, “You had students from England, studying in Paris who decided to go to a place where the oxen crossed the river, Oxenford, otherwise known as ‘Oxford.’ And that gave birth to Cambridge. Cambridge gave birth to John Harvard, coming over to the United States, Harvard University in 1636. That was the background of our state university system, as well as our private university system, and so on to the universities we have today. Direct Christian origin.”

But you would never know that today, in most university settings, where the Christian church is viewed as if it has only produced ignorance and superstition.

The movie, “God’s Not Dead” is a breath of fresh air in light of the prevailing secular, politically correct atmosphere that seems to dominate the campuses today. My wife Kirsti said that every church youth group in America should show this movie before people go off to college.

Despite its limited screening, the movie ranked 4th for its opening weekend.

After enjoying the movie, I emailed the actor, Kevin Sorbo; and he wrote me back: “Jerry, thanks for the support of GND! The response around the country has been amazing.” Deservedly so.


Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer.