SKEPTICISM BEFORE COLLEGE

For the first time in its 382 year history, Harvard University’s graduating class (2019) had more professed atheists and agnostics than professed Christians. Nearly forty percent (37.9%) of the 2019 class has openly claimed to be atheistic or agnostic.

The Original Rules and Precepts observed at Harvard included “Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ . . . and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning” (Federer, America’s God and Country, pp. 280-81). The original Harvard motto, which will be 375 years old December 27, is Veritas, Latin for Truth. In 1650, the motto was changed to “In Christi Gloriam,” meaning “For the Glory of Christ.” In 1692, the Harvard motto became “Veritas pro Christo et Ecclesiae,” which means “Truth for Christ and the Church.”

In time, Harvard continued down a path into deep secularization. Veritas exclusively became the one word motto to the exclusion of any of the former references to God or Jesus Christ, who the original rules and precepts of Harvard had described as “the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”

Why has there become a disconnect from God at Harvard? Why, especially when Harvard’s administration once affirmed that students should be instructed and pressed to consider the main end of their life and studies as knowing God and Jesus Christ?  —Charles C. Pugh III

“Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22). (Glad tidings from HtoH)

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