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March 17, 2024

Washington Times Op-Ed on Secularization of Educational Institutions

By Erin conner, writer and communications associate

Sunday, March 17, 2024-- The Washington Times published an opinion article today by Matt Bennett, Founder and President of Christian Union, entitled "America's Founding Universities Lost Their Religion. Are They Worth Saving?" 

The article briefly discusses the histories of several educational institutions in America, such as Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, and Stanford. The article also presents a compelling claim that students at these institutions ought to know the fundamental truth upon which their schools were founded: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and, through Him alone, humanity finds salvation and life.

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Bennett writes that students attending these institutions of higher learning "may choose or choose not to embrace that message as their own, however, given the extraordinary good the Christian message has meant for education in America, students should at least know the foundational elements of the most popular religion in America and world history. They should know that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ who died on the cross to forgive the sins of all who will repent of their sins, put their faith in Him and follow Him. Also, that the Holy Spirit will indwell His followers, giving them the strength to live a moral life full of meaning and purpose. This should be taught by those who believe and live the message, and not academics who have simply studied the movement."

"Moreover, many believe that understanding the Christian message will bring great benefit to the current student populations who wrestle with meaninglessness and mental health issues at a greater level than any time in the nation’s history," Bennett continues.

"May there be a movement to “save” these institutions by reintroducing them to the understandings of God and the world that led to their founding and made them great centers of learning."

Read the full article in the Washington Times here