How Christian Is Your Kid’s Christian College?

James Bruce | March 31, 2016

You looked at the college website. You glanced at a brochure. But let’s be honest: you’re busy making money for tuition; you’re not getting paid to research Christian colleges and universities.

That’s understandable, but problematic, since it’s fair to ask: How Christian is your kid’s Christian college?

Parents make an expensive choice to send their child to a Christian college. One of the common reasons motivating this decision is the school’s faculty and their explicitly Christian beliefs. But because students often readily embrace what their professors teach them, it’s wise to have a notion of what is, in fact, being taught at this “Christian” school and by its “Christian” professors.

You can’t rest on an institution’s pedigree. Take one recent example: The Mennonite Church USA affirms that “God intends marriage to be a covenant between one man and one woman for life.” Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) calls itself “an institution of Mennonite Church USA” that is “rooted in the Christian tradition and the Mennonite Anabaptist perspective.” Despite this, EMU recently came under national attention in Christian circles for changing its policy to include employees in same-sex marriages, a change that resulted in its voluntary departure from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Parents of EMU students…

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