Huh? Aren’t Christians kinda dumb – you know, shut off from reality and opposed to non-religious “higher learning”? That’s certainly the inference I’ve read in blogs by many angry atheists.
To make the point further, the website About.com states “It is true that studies have repeatedly shown a correlation between atheism and education levels. The more education a person receives — especially in the sciences — the less religious they become and the less likely they are to remain theists (believers in God).”
But get this: the motto at the University of Oxford in England, quite possibly the most prestigious university on the planet, is “The Lord is my Light”.
As an aside, consider this: Among Oxford’s Christian graduates are famed authors C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings). Both were university professors, too. That’s right, serious Christians were – and are – teaching in the planet’s highest institutions of learning.
The motto of another famed institution, Princeton University in the United States, is “Under God’s Power She Flourishes”.
Another aside: Among Princeton’s famed Christian professors (and presidents) is American president Woodrow Wilson, who helped form the League of Nations, which led to the United Nations. “He was a frequent church-goer and read the Bible regularly,” says the website Adherents.com.
Want some more examples of universities that wouldn’t be around today without Christianity? Then add the University of Paris and the University of Bologna (Italy) to the list.
In fact, Wikipedia states that “The university is generally regarded as an institution that has its origin in the Medieval Christian setting. Prior to the establishment of universities, European higher education took place for hundreds of years in Christian cathedral schools or monastic schools , in which monks and nuns taught classes; evidence of these immediate forerunners of the later university at many places dates back to the 6th century AD.”
As for the assertion that scientific education, in particular, causes atheism, I’ve tackled that on this website (see “Naïve children, frightened seniors?” – http://bit.ly/Tgrt9p)
So, what do you think of all this? Does this make you more willing to check out Christianity? Type your thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.