Universities Promote Agnosticism
Written By: Dan Stanley | Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
A recent conversation confirmed what has been obvious for many years, at least in my world of experience, that universities as a whole impart a belief system, and that belief system promotes agnosticism (the belief that we can't know if there is a God or not).
The conversation I had was with a manager of an oil change business. As a result of asking him if he was a Christian, he replied he was not. Rather, he said he was agnostic. Further conversation revealed he was raised in a mainline denomination, but had abandoned belief in God. It was my normal hunch, so I asked him if he had attended a university and if he had graduated. Without fail, I have found anyone who is agnostic (especially those who make it plain they are) has either attended a university and more than likely graduated. I do not recall the last time I met a man or woman who said plainly they were agnostic who had not attended a university.
This man did not disappoint my hunch. He was a university graduate. He had been, like so many, influenced by the belief system of the university. The result was the young man's faith in God was destroyed. In the name of being scientific, he no longer accepted the fact that God exists and the consequences that come from that.
What was interesting was his unwillingness (at first) to agree that the university training had anything to do with his present agnosticism. In his mind they stayed out of the religious and belief departments of life. They were scientific in their approach and therefore neutral, not promoting any belief system, especially a religious one. But universities don't stay out of it. They are rather good at covering up what they really believe. It is an "educational sleight of hand." It is, to put it bluntly, a form of intellectual seduction. It seduces young men and women into abandoning what they believe for what the university believes. Academic freedom is a play on words.
According to Gordon Clark (considered the greatest Christian philosopher of the 20th century), the word "university" comes from the two Latin words for "one" and "truth." The reason is the purpose of the university structure was to convey "one truth" or world view as we would say today. Noah Webster supports this with his definition of the word university. A university is "properly a universal school, in which are taught all branches of learning, or the four faculties of theology, medicine, law, and the sciences and arts." Today's universities reflect their definitions and support them. Have you not noticed that all universities have religious departments? What has happened is our modern day universities have attempted to obscure and deny being religious or teaching a religious persuasion. Religious classes are an aside, an elective if you wish.
The Harvard of today is not the Harvard of 1636. Harvard was the first such school to be established in America, named after John Harvard. It was established according to its own website, "to ensure that 'every encouragement be given to the serious, impartial, and unbiased investigation of Christian truth.'"
According to Mark Roberts, the original purpose is plainly stated:
"Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of him (Prov. 2:3)."
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