Why Corban remains such a vibrant private Christian university
Is it wrong that most of America’s institutions of higher learning seek to secularize (take religious belief and practice away from) today’s young adults?
Consider what Steven Muller, former president of Johns Hopkins University, has said: “The failure to rally around a set of values means that universities are turning out potentially highly skilled barbarians.” Pharmacokinetics researchers without scruples. Wall Street financiers without souls.
Then again, let’s not forget that the founders of Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, and other influential Ivy League schools had the stated objective of furthering the Christian faith for the good of America. In the original articles of incorporation and bylaws, they declared that each new generation must embrace faith in God for itself.
But what happened? Each university actively sought to Christianize America in its day. Yet they let go of conversion Christianity, in deference to others, so as not to offend those of other persuasions. What began with earnest Christian conviction within a generation became mere tradition. Later, skepticism (doubt of basic Christian truths) and then unbelief overtook each of America’s most prestigious educational institutions. Unbelieving professors eventually made routine mockery of once cherished beliefs.
The late Carl F. H. Henry, the first editor of Christianity Today, put it this way: “The barbarians are coming.” Without a massive turning to God, Henry could see “barbarians” taking over our land. Not foreigners, but our own unrepentant children and grandchildren, living without God Almighty as the ruler of their lives.
Thankfully, Corban has been, is, and always will be different. Very different. We unabashedly, wholeheartedly, and gladly continue to foster Christian stewardship in our students within the context of a vibrant private Christian university.
More than ever, Corban’s motto rings true. We’re truly Dedicating Heart and Mind to God.