The Jesus Wall at Biola University.
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The Jesus Wall at Biola University.

College statements of faith—useful or useless?


I’m still trying to understand more about the impact of statements of faith at colleges. This is a request for more comments. Should Christian college statements list policies on cultural and Christian battles, past sins and errors, and eschatological debates?

Should only professors and administrators sign them? Should students be required to sign them as well?

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Some people say it hurts academic freedom for Covenant College to note, “We strongly oppose abortion since it devalues and destroys human life.” Others object to Liberty University’s “We affirm that the return of Christ for all believers is imminent. It will be followed by seven years of great tribulation, and then the coming of Christ to establish His earthly kingdom for a thousand years.” What do you think?

Biola University states, “God specially created Adam and Eve (Adam’s body from non-living material, and his spiritual nature immediately from God).” It calls “inadequate” any origin models that says “humans share a common physical ancestry with earlier life forms.” Any problem with that? 

For your reference, here are a dozen statements of faith:

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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