Wow: Look What's Happening at This Christian University

Hats off to these reformers. May their vision spread to a Christian campus culture in America that desperately needs it.

The depressing slide of far too many “Christian” universities into the morass of progressivism is well known and well documented. Anyone who thought that the bold theological foundations of such schools would immunize them against the temptation to compromise and capitulate to the spirit of the age paid no attention to the fact that Harvard University was founded to train ministers of the Gospel of Jesus.

Whether it’s a lack of prudence in faculty hires, an unwillingness to chasten and confront an attitude of spiritual rebellion that rises up on campus, the exchange of a transformative eternal focus for a worldly social justice politics, the need or perceived need of increased finances, or usually some combination of them all, sadly it’s only a matter of time before even the noblest of these institutions becomes Christian in name only.

Simply survey the landscape of America’s “Christian” colleges today and note how many refuse to affirm the Biblical view of human origin, Biblical sexual ethics, the Biblical principle of one race, the Biblical doctrine of Imago Dei in articulating the sanctity of human life. It would be comical if it weren’t so devastatingly sad. Because remember, these are not secular campuses preaching secular values. These are supposed Christian institutions wrapping new age humanism in Christian language, misleading countless young minds. If you wonder why Jesus takes such a harsh stance between those who are “lukewarm,” look no further than what these campuses are doing.

And that’s why I was so excited to see what an underground group of Biblical minds are doing on the campus of Taylor University. Taylor is a small liberal arts Christian college in tiny Upland, Indiana, best known for either its bizarre “Silent Night” basketball tradition and the legendary Ivanhoe’s ice cream wonderland that exists right across the street from campus. But if a group of Biblical minds at Taylor have their way, the school will be known for something else – a resurgent Christianity on a drifting campus.

The first edition of “Excalibur” has been distributed around campus courtesy of a group calling themselves the Taylor University conservative underground. But this isn’t just political conservatism. This is Biblical Christianity they are talking about reviving. They defined their purpose this way:

“We are Taylor University faculty, staff, and students who heartily affirm the historic orthodox theological doctrines, as expressed in the Apostles creed and other classic ecumenical Christian creeds. We also believe, among other things, (1) that the traditional view of marriage as a monogamous covenant between one man and one woman is the only reasonable Christian position, (2) that a creationist view of human origins deserves better representation at a Christian college such as ours, (3) that the sanctity of human life…[is] essential.”

And if you don’t take my word for what has happened and is happening at our Christian schools, leaving you curious why these Excalibur organizers would feel the need to affirm what should be an obvious common sense expectation at a Christian school, they explain:

“While the values expressed here warrant consistent and explicit expression in the Taylor community, in recent times this has been done inadequately across campus, whether in classrooms, the chapel program, faculty publications, or by invited speakers on campus. Moreover, we perceive a growing trend on campus of opinions opposing and undermining the above commitments, including permissivist views of human sexuality, hostility toward creationist perspectives, rejection of the rule of law, and uncritical endorsement of liberal-progressive ideals (e.g., in the form of Marxist-inspired critical race theory).”

The first publication of Excalibur included an incredibly well-written exposé on the Marxist foundations of “social justice” movements like the one currently attempting to hijack Christianity in America (particularly on college campuses), as well as a profound explanation of the true nature of Imago Dei and how it sets the Christian worldview apart.

In other words, Excalibur seems dedicated to voicing precisely what Taylor University and every other university bearing the name of Christ should be teaching, affirming, and reinforcing in every classroom, every discussion, every chapel, and through every speaker.

Hats off to these reformers, and may their vision spread to a Christian campus culture in America that desperately needs it.

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Tjackson2006
Tjackson2006

As a 2006 grad of Taylor, I read in amusement the assertions in this article. At least when I was at TU, the evangelical Christianity worldview, which has been corrupted by Right-Wing politics, is by far the dominant ideology at TU. I still remember when faculties and students would question whether or not I was a Christian because I didn't support George Bush's Iraq War (Ironically, I ended up serving in Iraq). The line between Christianity and Right-wing political ideologies are so blurred that there is very little respect for the so-called "morality" coming from evangelical Christians today. Simply put, the same people who prosecuted President Clinton for his moral failings are the ones wholeheartedly supporting Trump today. Hypocrisy 101. Wonder why non-evangelicals generally sees evangelicals as hypocrites and intolerant bigots. Go figure. They speak of social justice for others as a "worldly pursuit" while aligning with corrupt, immoral political leaders and ideology in order to earn political power and domination for themselves. Justice for others is a "Marxist worldly pursuit." Justice for themselves is the Christian thing to do, otherwise, they wouldn't be lobbying for political power and laws that suit their "earthly" interest. The moral hypocrisy of the evangelical right wing Christianity is mind-blowing.

russedav
russedav

It's amazing the self-deception and useful idiocy of the historically and especially Biblically illiterate, sad ostriches who put heads in the sand pretending either that all is fine or that it will go away. As seen in the article, Harvard was once a Gospel minister preparer; now it is diabolically apostate with Taylor desiring to join it. More than a century ago Harvard people employed the same ostrich routine, and we see the result. All the clever, deceitful nonsense ruse about "conversation" is a devious ploy, like that seen in several once godly churches (e.g. TEC) whereby ungodly diabolical fascist pawns keep godly Christians talking until they complete the takeover. Diabolical evolutionist fascist pawns did the same with creationists then in power. "Oh, just give us a place at the table for conversation; we just want equal time to TALK with you ... blah, blah" -- until they completed the takeover and expelled creationists so now MRI inventor Damadian is denied his Nobel for being a creationist, the bigoted pseudo-science brainwashing is so complete, i.e. you're not a scientist because you're a creationist (i.e. you don't agree with the proven lies of our agenda, regardless of how your hard data actually proves you position is true, since we no longer believe in absolute truth. See creation.com for capable, scientific refutation of the bigoted, deranged, unfalsifiable evolutionist hogwash of useful idiocy (Stalin and the USSR loved it as do today's successors) real, rational scientists, like NASA founder, creationist Von Braun, reject. Also see how modern pseudo-science has delusionally and hypocritically abandoned truth and reality in the following articles I happened unintentionally to find in a search, as they desperately but vainly try to avoid the inevitably fatal results of such derangement some at Taylor sadly would invite: The Tensions of Scientific Storytelling
americanscientist.org/article/the-tensions-of-scientific-storytelling
The Persistence and Peril of Misinformation
americanscientist.org/article/the-persistence-and-peril-of-misinformation God save us.

Innospire
Innospire
annakc2015
annakc2015 said: I don't find it critical to weigh in here on the content of Excalibur or any responding articles. But, as a current Taylor student, I feel that it's extremely important for me to share what's happening here. Yes, there is a lot of tension on campus right now, and discussions are taking place among students, faculty, staff, and administration. An issue like this could be a defining moment for how the university will resolve conflict and dissenting views moving forward, and how we handle it is of utmost importance. I appreciate that there are people at all points on the spectrum of this discussion (it's not a simple, two-sided 'argument' in any way), but more than that I appreciate that people of all perspectives are engaging--they're willing to step up and share what they see, what they believe to be biblically true, and what their concerns are about the state of our university and culture. God calls us into open communication, and sometimes that means conflict and friction. I believe it is more valuable to be willing to speak out and voice their opinions with an open mind and the ultimate purpose of seeking God's face than to harbor resentment and bitterness. God is present in this time as we work hard, together, to determine His will and discover His truth. We are not fighting with abandon. We are doing the hard work of life together, speaking the truth in love, and becoming vulnerable for the sake of one another. I believe this process can be honoring to God and I will not condemn it simply because we disagree.

Bravo.

annakc2015
annakc2015

I don't find it critical to weigh in here on the content of Excalibur or any responding articles. But, as a current Taylor student, I feel that it's extremely important for me to share what's happening here. Yes, there is a lot of tension on campus right now, and discussions are taking place among students, faculty, staff, and administration. An issue like this could be a defining moment for how the university will resolve conflict and dissenting views moving forward, and how we handle it is of utmost importance. I appreciate that there are people at all points on the spectrum of this discussion (it's not a simple, two-sided 'argument' in any way), but more than that I appreciate that people of all perspectives are engaging--they're willing to step up and share what they see, what they believe to be biblically true, and what their concerns are about the state of our university and culture. God calls us into open communication, and sometimes that means conflict and friction. I believe it is more valuable to be willing to speak out and voice their opinions with an open mind and the ultimate purpose of seeking God's face than to harbor resentment and bitterness. God is present in this time as we work hard, together, to determine His will and discover His truth. We are not fighting with abandon. We are doing the hard work of life together, speaking the truth in love, and becoming vulnerable for the sake of one another. I believe this process can be honoring to God and I will not condemn it simply because we disagree.

Bilgerat
Bilgerat

I visited Taylor University with my daughter in the fall of 2012, who was about to graduate high school and was deciding where to go to college. I sensed an underlying tone of liberalism and a "compromising with the world" deviation from scripture. Perhaps it was the student assigned to give us the campus tour (he was the son of a high level administrator of ISTA - the Indiana teacher's union), but neither myself or my daughter felt the Holy Spirit leading her there, and now after reading the Excalibur publication and Peter Heck's fine response, I am extremely thankful she chose another university. More damage can be done to a young person by attending a wayward Christian school, than a totally secular school where you expect to be fed a whole lot of stuff that isn't true or scriptural.

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