Ken Connor

Today in many intellectual circles, Christians are viewed with condescension and derision. We are seen as naïve simpletons who lack the courage to accept the world at face value. We insist on weaving elaborate theologies and worshiping a God who is invisible because we are too weak to cope with the fact that existence is finite and life ends with the grave. Atheists accuse us of being irrational and illogical, maintaining that they are on the side of the factual and sensible. They reject the metaphysical because it can't be verified and quantified. They reject moral absolutes because they impinge upon individual self-determination.

Similarly, the concept of Christian education strikes many as a laughable notion, an oxymoron embraced only by morons. The idea that God has any involvement with or impact upon what man can know and how he can know it – indeed, the idea that God even exists – is anathema to academic elites. Sadly, even some Christians believe that Christ's exhortation to reject the things of this world means that engaging in the pursuit of knowledge is a waste of time and a potential impediment to one's faith. This is a mistaken view.

Anthony Bradley of the Action Institute Power Blog challenged this view recently in an article reviewing theologian Abraham Kuyper's understanding of education and its centrality to the Christian life. Kuyper recognized even in his day that the university system was rapidly becoming a stronghold of anti-theistic bias, and that this bias was adversely influencing the broader culture. The solution, he suggested, was not for Christians to withdraw from university life, but to commit themselves the rigorous pursuit of higher education as a way to both honor God and benefit the broader culture. From the piece:


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.