and Man at College
William F. Buckley exposed Yale University's declining spirituality in his
best-selling book "God and Man at Yale." Buckley wrote that his
university derives its "moral and financial support from Christian
individualists and then addresses itself to the task of persuading the sons
of these supporters to be atheistic socialists."
the spiritual atmosphere on American campuses has worsened considerably.
Buckley may have exaggerated the conditions on campus half a century ago,
but today's mainstream colleges and universities preach nothing less than
atheistic socialism. God, faith and religious tradition have been banished
from the classroom and confined to the small corners of campus life.
a new study by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of
California at Los Angeles, most college and university students consider
themselves spiritual, but find that their campuses do little to encourage
researchers surveyed 3,680 students at 46 institutions to discover that 73
percent of American college students find religion and spirituality to have
helped in the development of their identity. But 62 percent report that
their professors never encourage discussion of religion or spirituality.
found that "students have deeply felt values and interests in
spirituality and religion, but their academic work and campus programs seem
to be divorced from it."
students acquire beliefs and religious understandings from their parents,
and those beliefs tend to be catalysts for self-control and character. But
when they get to college, students are indoctrinated with all strains of
moral relativism, and without warning, the human spirit is cast out of the
classroom as a meaningless abstraction of antiquity.
But what are
the head and mind worth if the soul is not endowed with dignity by a higher
power? What is knowledge without the faith that it is worth something in
eternity? And what is higher education if it cannot operate on the basis of
some great fundamental truths?
colleges and universities were founded as religious institutions dedicated
to classical liberal-arts training for Christian ministry and statesmanship.
original mission statement for its students was "to be plainly
instructed and consider well that the main end of your life and studies is
to know God and Jesus Christ." When Yale was founded in 1701, it
required: "Seeing that God is the giver of all wisdom, every student,
besides his private and secret prayer, will be present morning and evening
for public prayer." And Princeton University's founding statement was,
"Cursed is all learning that is contrary to the Cross of Christ."
beginning in the early 20th century, progressivism spewed its poison about
economics and politics and religion into higher education.
And in the
1960s, student radicals took over America's campuses and have occupied them
since as the professors of such dogmas as Marxism, multiculturalism and
atheism in general.
neglected their former role, universities and colleges of higher learning
have largely become institutions of lower living, hostile to traditional
religious beliefs and moral constraints.
cannot expect to grow spiritually by virtue of their enrollment in a
mainstream college or university. Instead, they must go to school armed and
ready to do spiritual warfare.
Zeiger is president of the Scout Honor Coalition and a student at Hillsdale
College in Michigan where he edits the Hillsdale New Conservative.