ESN Mission: Faith of collegians, FactChecker article

Posted by tom | Jun 21, 2013

In FactChecker: Does College Cause Young Adults to Lose Their Faith?, "Professor Smith observes three primary and very interesting reasons why the university is not the faith-shredder we imagine it to be:

1)    The increase in presence and effectiveness of campus-based ministries like Campus Crusade, InterVarsity, and Young Life.
2)    The increase of relativism and the decline of strict scientism, which allows for discussion of faith and spiritual speculation, similar to what Paul experienced at the Aeropagus.
3)    An increase in committed evangelical and Catholic faculty at secular universities in America who can serve as an encouragement and balance for Christian students." -- Glenn T. Stanton. "FactChecker: Does College Cause Young Adults to Lose Their Faith?" (The Gospel Coalition. 6/18/2013). 

Not only more to read in the article (and the writings of Christian Smith), but there is much to engage with via cutting edge campus missions such InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network. I commend to you yesterday's ESN blog post Becoming a Thoughtful Christian in the Secular Academy and the on-going series on the campus mission. Furthermore, I thank-you for your support of my labors with InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network and the Christian Medical Socity (CMS)/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine. If you have the ability to help us gather in the final $6,000 in our annual $100,000 ministry budget at year end (June 30), please drop us a line and/or visit our InterVarsity donation page.  To God be the glory!

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