Higher Education Part III

 
Higher Education, the Great Deception
Part III - Can It Happen to Us?

by Richard Myers

         

     

   
          As the third oldest college in New England and the seventh oldest in America, Brown was the Baptist answer to Congregationalist Yale and Harvard; Presbyterian Princeton; and Episcopalian Penn and Columbia. At the time, it was the only one that welcomed students of all religious persuasions (following the example of Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island in 1636 on the same principle).



Brown University Motto

 


In Deo Speramus     (In God We Hope)

          Brown has long since shed its Baptist affiliation, but it remains dedicated to diversity and intellectual freedom. 1 Yes, they have indeed disengaged from their Baptist Church. "The LGBTQ Resource Center provides a comprehensive range of education, information and advocacy services and works to create and maintain an open, safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff, their families and friends, and the campus community at large." 2 They no longer hope in God.

          It is very sad that Brown, Harvard, Yale, Lindale, Dartmouth, and so many other institutions of "higher education" that began as Christian schools have become dens of immorality. We have seen that this great fall from moral to immoral did not happen overnight, but rather was over many years by successive failures to follow Christian principle.

          While we have identified what has been shown to be a number of decisions by these schools that revealed what their ultimate end would be, we have not yet established the current issue that is put forward by the schools who have made the decision to throw Christ overboard. There is a "scholarly" argument that pleads their case that cannot be accepted by truly honest and educated Christians.The argument is a revelation of "unbelief" on the part of those who profess to be Christians, but staunchly defend the cause of "intellectual freedom".

          If we hear in our schools this mantra, then we can know that we have a serious problem that has moved a long way from the beginning point of the long downhill slide that ends in disengagement between university and church.  Intellectual freedom or "academic freedom" is the rallying cry heard from most all university campuses. Well, not at truly Christian schools, but how many universities can you count today that remain dedicated to Christ? When you hear "academic freedom" as an argument, know that it is probably too late to save the school. To openly boast of such a thing is an indication that there is power behind the voice. To think such a thought is one thing, to voice it is like having pulled a gun out once in the bank. It is a sure sign that a robbery is occurring. In the university, it is the theft of both the school from the church and the minds of our young people.

          I can already hear the objections. "We need to be free to examine all sides of an issue!" Really!  This is not true. None at Harvard and Yale will be so bold as to invite creation experts into their biology classes. Some schools that are still playing games with their sponsoring churches may do so while at the same time expressing that science has made it necessary to reinterpret the Bible. Let us take another example to show that this great cry for openness is full of hypocrisy. How many institutions of "higher education" today will hire anthropologists who believe that the Grand Canyon was created in less than a year rather than in millions of years? Academic freedom?

          And, how about the desire of a professor to examine with his class the idea that there is a difference in abilities between men and women. Academic freedom? Ask Larry Summers about academic freedom. While president of Harvard University he said that women may not have the same innate abilities in math and science as men. It touched off an angry response from many Harvard professors. It was a shot heard around the world. The Harvard president resigned. Speaking of the incident, Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz stated "This issue is bigger than Summers or even Harvard University. It is really about a long-term, systematic effort to impose a political-correctness straitjacket on certain views, especially at universities."3 What then is "academic freedom?"  It is a lie.


          None will argue for unlimited freedom. There always is some limitation as to what will be examined. Whose going to make the rules? Whose system of right and wrong shall we follow? Academic freedom is a misnomer. Someone  is going to place limitations on what is presented to students. In their cause of "openness" the liberal "scholars" are really just doing what all modern liberals do, fight against truth, Bible truth.

          Can this happen to our schools of "higher education"? Has this already happened in our schools? Are there arguments that we must examine all of the "scientific evidence" that is set before us? And, at the same time expressions that the church's religious beliefs are not in harmony with "science"?  Academic freedom? It is a sham and needs to be seen as such by those that are "highly educated". Many have been deceived into believing there is freedom in  rejecting Bible truth. This is a significant battle in the "great controversy" between Christ and Satan. These lies being taught sweep away whole generations of youth. The error is perpetuated from one generation to the next through the schools, many which were established to teach Bible truth.

          We have seen that it is not intellectually possible to believe that teachers who are not consecrated and not of our doctrinal beliefs can instruct our young people in harmony with what we believe to be the most important truths that we want them to learn. We do not send our children to school to just learn how to read and write. No! We send our young people to school that they will be prepared to be Christian missionaries in a world soon to end. Yes, we want them to be educated to work in this world, but it is not the primary object of education in a Christian school. Why have church and church members sacrificed to establish "Christian" schools? We understand the need. We are under conviction that our schools are to be not only Christian in their instruction, but to be distinctly Seventh-day Adventist schools in what they teach.

          We have whole books written giving us a "blueprint" of what our schools are to be, and what they are not to be.

      "The light has been given me that tremendous pressures will be brought upon every Seventh-day Adventist with whom the world can get into close connection. Those who seek the education that the world esteems so highly, are gradually led further and further from the principles of truth until they become educated worldlings. At what a price have they gained their education! They have parted with the Holy Spirit of God. They have chosen to accept what the world calls knowledge in the place of the truths which God has committed to men through His ministers and prophets and apostles. And there are some who, having secured this worldly education, think that they can introduce it into our schools. But let me tell you that you must not take what the world calls the higher education and bring it into our schools..."
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We ask: Can this happen in our schools?
It is happening in our schools.


          We want to know what it means to us personally, to our youth, and to our church. In our next segment we will discuss where we are in this downward spiral of disengagement.


1  brown.edu/Administration/Admission/gettoknowus/ourhistory.html
2  brown.edu/Student_Services/Office_of_Student_Life/lgbtq/
3  thefire.org/article/6806.html  February 21, 2006 
4  Review and Herald, November 11, 1909

 

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