Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hypocrisy Amok or How Did Purgatory become an Intellectual Fashion?

So this nonsense is making the rounds on twitter as if it's the real grown-ups talking and all those kid protesters are just spoiled brats with feeeeeeelings.  Just tell those pussies to man up, to paraphrase a comment I saw in a facebook feed.  Other conservative sites are praising the manliness of Oklahoma Wesleyan's President and his idea that "Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn."  But it's not a place to learn.  At least not learn a lot of unsafe things if you are a Christian.
They have four goals, according to their website:

The Primacy of Jesus Christ…as the incarnate Son of God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, who is the lens for all learning and the lord of our daily lives.
The Priority of Scripture
…as the inerrant and authoritative written Word of God that guides us in all matters of faith, learning, and living.

The Pursuit of Truth …as an objective, attainable reality grounded in the person and example of Jesus Christ and anchored in the Bible.
The Practice of Wisdom …as the goal for all members of the university community, who work to promote healing and wholeness in a broken culture and hurting world.

So you don't have to worry about learning about evolution at OKWU because according to their course catalog science majors must :
demonstrate an understanding of the natural sciences as a human approach to God’s truth; articulate an appreciation and respect for the Creation as a direct outcome of the wisdom and glory of the Creator; and, as appropriate, integrate present scientific understanding of the “book of nature” with a Wesleyan understanding of the Bible.

Want to study history?  Best do it from a providential stand point because you have to:

demonstrate knowledge of God’s work in history, particularly in the formation of Christian civilization;

Needless to say if you want a job there you need to have the following qualifications: 
–A personal and vital Christian faith is required.
–Evidence of commitment to the integration of Christian faith and living with the theory and practice of education is expected.

Yeah.  Basically the whole place is set up to be a little safe haven for Christians where they never have to encounter ideas that might challenge their faith, but by all means sir, please tell me how to be open minded!

Dr. Piper is right.  His school isn't a day care but a place where in his words students:

repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them.  
So it's a place for repentance.  That's not a university.  That's purgatory.