In Defense of an Evangelical Christian Education

February 8, 2013 in Misc,Theology · 4 comments

Wheaton College

Lately there have been a few blog posts cri­tiquing the notion of evan­gel­i­cal edu­ca­tion and draw­ing atten­tion to some of the prob­lem­atic aspects — and even the poten­tial futil­ity — of such an undertaking.

I agree that this is an impor­tant issue and that so-called Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion faces a unique set of sys­temic chal­lenges — but I’d like to respond to such cri­tiques with my per­sonal expe­ri­ence at Wheaton Col­lege. This isn’t meant to be a com­pre­hen­sive defense of evan­gel­i­cal edu­ca­tion; nor am I claim­ing that my expe­ri­ence was typ­i­cal. But my time at Wheaton cer­tainly isn’t con­sis­tent with the head down, blind­ers on brain­wash­ing that many seem to think nec­es­sar­ily takes place at Chris­t­ian insti­tu­tions of higher edu­ca­tion. For example:

All of this isn’t meant to express an arbi­trary alle­giance to my alma mater. There are many trou­bling issues that con­tinue to foment beneath the placid sur­face of “inte­grated faith and learn­ing” at Wheaton. But, though Wheaton is far from being a bas­tion of lib­er­al­ism — or even an out­post of pro­gres­sivism — it nev­er­the­less was, for me at least, an impor­tant way­point in my devel­op­ment as a Chris­t­ian and as a person.

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