atheists and agnostics outnumber professed Christians and Jews. To be honest, I was shocked that a majority of previous classes had more Christians and Jews than atheists or agnostics! Too long ago I had given up on the idea that a Christian could do more than survive the once hallowed halls of Harvard or any Ivy League school. Perhaps I was too quick to write off the school in Cambridge everyone knows. Or maybe not. . .
Harvard, like most institutions and especially like most upper crust schools, has long since escaped its original boundaries so captive to Christianity or religion in general to become a place most comfortable with the skeptic -- the person who disbelieves nearly all of what he hears or sees. Harvard may toy with those who wish to be spiritual but not religious but its hard has long ago been won over by the scientific and the liberal, humanistic point of view. Not a few of my acquaintances are graduates of Harvard and nearly all of them assure me that it is the name of that school that opens its doors more than what happens in the classroom. Who am I to disagree?
Indeed, Harvard is not unique (much as they would hate to hear me say it). It is exclusive in terms of cost but not in terms of its philosophy. Harvard allows and even encourages just about any amount of skepticism, doubt, and disdain for things deliberately Christian. I suppose I should be okay with that for the alternative would be to give credence and authority to Harvard as a distinctly religious and/or Christian institution. Sure, it has a divinity school but that has not kept the heart of the school true to its founding.
The sad truth is that nearly every university with its pricey cost of education is decidedly unfriendly to orthodox Christianity of creed and confession. It toys with spirituality but it us unwilling to give support for any idea that there is truth that does not change and exclusive revelation in Christ for an inclusive world of sinners, mired in their sins and death.
So maybe I should take back all the things I have been whispering about Harvard for a while now. Officially, they were premature. Well, until now. Now it is safe to say that those entering this bastion
of wealth and power are largely absent of theological underpinnings to fence in their educational curiosity to the solid ground of revelation, doctrine, and truth that endures forever. It is a lot of money to spend to have your faith ridiculed, your intellect challenges, and your values snickered at -- but that is why we invented money... to waste it. It is a long way for a school to fall - especially one whose motto is truth.