Why Christian Higher education?
Reason #5 – TO EMBRACE TRUTH
“We have come to a postmodern era that rejects the idea of truth itself.” (Colson, The Faith, Given Once For All).
The cultural attitude toward truth is articulated in phrases such as “truth for one is not truth for another” or “one truth is equal to every other truth” or “all ideas are equal”. Applied to the religious sphere this notion assumes all religions are considered legitimate and equal choices within the religious cafeteria. In the extreme, some even claim that all religions are really the same even though they obviously contradict each other in their teachings.
The traditional concept of tolerance was that a person has his/her right to a personal view, even if that view is wrong. This notion of tolerance has been re-defined to require acceptance of all propositions on an equal footing – as opposed to giving all ideas an equal hearing. Tolerance means that all views must be equally correct and all must be accepted as equally valid. Tolerance has thus replaced truth.
This cultural posture is essentially absurd. It would be like asserting that gravity is a principle and that equally valid is the assertion that gravity is not a principle. Both of these assertions cannot be equally valid. More than that, by simply jumping off the roof we can know which assertion is “truth”.
In this cultural environment “one way” or “absolute truth” is considered exclusive and therefore repulsive. Those who believe truth are often assumed to be ignorant, oppressive and violent. It should be no surprise that there is a deep erosion of “The faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints”. (Jude 3) This “death” of truth has many serious consequences.
Within a culture that rejects truth there is great need for a generation who knows and embraces orthodoxy, right belief. Truth is not an enemy. Rather, Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) Christian higher education assists students in the disciplined study of truth necessary for life and service.
Christian higher education is not merely an alternative to an equally valid secular option. These are quantitatively different choices.