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UPenn Professor says Christian Colleges should not receive accreditation

Wheaton Collge: "For Christ and His Kingdom"
Wheaton Collge: "For Christ and His Kingdom"

The Christian Post reports that University of Pennsylvania professor of English and education Peter Conn says that Christian colleges such as Wheaton should not receive accreditation, a process that allows their students to receive federal funding.

Writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Conn says, "Aside from the traditional goal of conferring legitimacy on colleges and their programs, accreditation has taken on a far more consequential role: Students attending institutions that are not accredited are ineligible for federal financial aid, money that is indispensable to the budgets of most American colleges."

Noting that Wheaton is sometimes referred to as "the Harvard of evangelical education," Conn says "Unlike Harvard, Wheaton is one of the colleges that oblige their faculty members to complete faith statements. In other words, at Wheaton the primacy of reason has been abandoned by the deliberate and repeated choices of both its administration and its faculty."

Harvard (the real one) is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. In the beginning of the institution, Harvard's first presidents insisted that there could be no true knowledge or wisdom without Jesus Christ, noting that without their Christian convictions, there would have been no Harvard. [The Forerunner]

Harvard’s “Rules and Precepts" adopted in 1646 said (original spelling retained): Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of him (Prov. 2:3). [The Social Transformation Conference]

Harvard's motto adopted in 1692 was “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae” which translated from Latin means “Truth for Christ and the Church.”

While the Harvard of today is most certainly not considered to be a Christian, much less religious, school, had Professor Conn been around at the time, there may have been no Harvard.

The Wall Street Journal suggests that those opposing the Court order with regard to Wheaton are overreacting. WSJ writes, "Wheaton is challenging that accommodation as too restrictive, but the Court did not rule on the merits last week. All it did was grant a reprieve from having to obey the mandate while the case is being heard. This says little about how the Court might eventually rule, notwithstanding Justice Sotomayor's angry implication. The reprieve will also not deny any reproductive services to anyone."

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