Sunday, December 21, 2008

"Perfectly Situated"

Did you know that an evangelical college is located on three floors of the Empire State Building? From the New York Times:

The school’s core curriculum is modeled on Oxford University’s politics, philosophy and economics degree, sidestepping subjects like creationism while embracing the conservative tenets of lower taxes and small government. Visitors whose views are at odds with the school’s principles have appeared at the college, including Christopher Hitchens, whose latest book is “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.”

The college’s mandate, Mr. Mills said, is to encourage students to engage people with differing viewpoints, and ideally to shape public discourse “in a way that is winsome, and not screechy from the Christian right.”

The NYT report is generally balanced, though the reporters seem overly surprised that the school doesn't enforce separatist standards common among conservative Christian institutions in past generations and still practiced among a few isolated fundamentalist institutions.

Hat Tip: World Magazine Blog. The provost of the college, Marvin Olasky, who is quoted in the article, is also the editor of World Magazine.

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