The question, “Why should I attend a Christian college,” is frequently asked by prospective students. My answer is found in God’s word. As Christians, we are called to love our Lord with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Jesus calls us to a holistic following, and Christian universities are committed to a holistic approach to education.
The scripture gives us permission to love God with our minds; to examine our presuppositions; to consider consequences of our thoughts and actions; and to question, challenge, and examine with the full knowledge that Christ is Lord of all knowledge and that for Christians, exploration will always lead to the foot of the cross. Learning is part of our discipleship.
Students who attend Christian colleges have the opportunity to realize that God gives them an appetite for knowledge, truth, and beauty. C.S. Lewis reminds us that God gives no appetite in vain. He writes in his essay Learning in Wartime, “We can therefore pursue knowledge as such, and beauty as such, in the sure confidence that by doing so we are either advancing to the vision of God ourselves or indirectly helping others to do so.”
Realizing that I am advancing the vision of God by acquiring knowledge puts no question or topic out of bounds. My pursuit of knowledge is under-girded by my love of Christ, my love of my discipline, and my love of students.
There are many who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: that is curiosity.
There are others who desire to know in order that they themselves be known: that is vanity.
Others seek knowledge in order to sell it: that is dishonorable.
But there are those who seek knowledge in order to edify others: that is love.
~St. Bernard of Clairvaux