As many Townhall readers may remember, I spent last week blogging from Grove City College’s Center for Vision and Values conference on “The De-Christianization of Europe: From Nicea to Nietzsche”. It was a privilege to be a part of this highly philosophical, conservatively intellectual examination into the decomposition of Christian values that’s taking place across the world. Grove City truly is a bastion for principled education and it was refreshing to observe the students as they interacted with some of the brightest minds in modern religious studies.
Following the Virginia Tech travesty, I reflected again on my experience at Grove City College and the severe contrasts I see between educations grounded in the teachings of Christ and the atmosphere this creates for a student body- as opposed to the secular educational system of public colleges and universities. As more and more private universities give way to the political correctness of the Rosie O’Donnell culture, cutting ties with their formerly Christian roots, it’s important that we acknowledge the irrevocably intrinsic presence of faith within educational communities - despite all attempts to ignore it.
In the coming days, weeks, and years, those affected by the horrific events at Virginia Tech will attempt to come to terms with their grief and find hope through the rebuilding of a close community. Many of us are becoming increasingly alarmed at devilish acts being committed within the confines of what should be shelters for scholarly achievement. The prestigious reputation of Virginia Tech is well-noted across the country, which makes these acts even more difficult to swallow. It is a direct assault on the confidence and security felt by students in the cultivating environment of a university campus.
However, those of us who think that we’ve begun the descent on the slippery slope of moral decline for future generations should find hope in the bright example of Grove City College. If you visit the Grove City College website, you’ll find an unabashedly Christian foundation that begins with their mission statement:
Since its founding in 1876, Grove City College, committed to Christian principles, has striven to be equal in academic quality to the finest four year colleges. It seeks to provide liberal and professional education of the highest quality that is within the reach of families with modest means who desire a college that will strengthen their children's spiritual and moral character.