Recently, someone wrote to me complaining of a “recent and dangerous trend” of attacks on intellectuals coming from “those on the right.” The writer’s ostensible purpose was to shield intellectuals from “attacks.” His real purpose was to shield them from criticism.
Nothing could be more dangerous than shielding today’s intellectual, particularly the secular university professor, from criticism. It is precisely because they are so coddled and shielded (read: tenured) that they have become modern day Pharisees.
Jesus was not nice to the Pharisees. In fact, He had this to say to them: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23: 27-28).
David Wheaton, author of University of Destruction, correctly points out that there were two principal reasons why Jesus reserved his harshest judgment for the Pharisees. The first was that they were proud. The second was that they were liars, or false teachers.
It has long been understood that academics are a proud bunch. But few realize just how dishonest academics have become. This hasn’t always been the case. But the increasing secularization of higher education has reduced the felt obligation of academics to adhere to the truth. In fact, many question the very existence of truth, perhaps as a way of avoiding condemnation for refusing to tell it.
For ages, professors have been guilty of advancing ideas before they were supported by evidence. Today, they are guilty of the far greater misdeed of continuing to advance ideas long after they have been refuted by evidence. Examples of this trend are numerous.
Today, feminist professors continue to advance the idea that there are no innate differences between men and women despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. They continue to advance the idea of widespread gender discrimination in pay despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
Liberal Arts professors continue to promote the idea that there is widespread racism in the loan application process despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. They liberally continue to promote the idea that there is widespread racism in the application of the death penalty despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. (In reality, most of those who commit murder are black while most of those who are executed are white).