Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I have been reading this book for the last few weeks, and let me say...Wow. It is so good. If you have a child that is considering going to college, you must read Already Compromised.
Ken Ham and Greg Hall do an amazing job of revealing what the professors in Christian Colleges really think.
You would be so surprised at how many don't believe in a literal translation of the Scriptures, and how many even believe in evolution!
In the survey used for this book they interviewed 312 people. All from Christian colleges.
Some of the questions asked were:
*Do you believe in God creating the earth, but not in 6 literal days?
Response: only 47.1 % said yes. Can you believe that?
*Do you believe in the inspiration of Scripture? 98.1% said yes.
*Do you believe in the inerrancy of Scripture? 74.0% said yes.
*Do you believe in the infallibility of Scripture? 80.8% said yes.
This means that there are 26% that don't believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, and 20% that don't believe in the infallibility of Scripture. And that is just from these 312 people. Imagine how many more there really are.
There are many more questions in the book, but something I found very interesting was the fact that in this survey, the science department seemed to have a stronger faith than the religious department.
The religious department was more likely to believe in evolution, and reject the idea of a six literal day creation.
I never would have thought that, but I guess it makes sense. The science department can see that the data actually backs up creation, and not evolution.
There was a lot in this book that really made me think harder about sending my kids off to just any old college.
And just because your college is a Christian college, does not mean that your kids will be taught the same beliefs that you have taught them.
There is a list of colleges that they do recommend, however, if you are looking for a good Christian college.
I don't plan on my kids going to college, at least not to a public college. In my opinion they are no better than public school, and I wouldn't send my kids there.
I also wouldn't send my kids to a Christian school, because I believe that Scripture mandates parents to teach their kids.
But, if after they are adults, and they need, or want to go to college, I would definitely be very careful of which one I chose.
This book gives you a list questions to ask your colleges, to see where they really stand on their beliefs.
Greg Hall says "The ultimate goal of thinking Christianly is to present God as Creator and Father of everything that He has made and build our entire worldview on the foundation of His written revelation. He is the maker and owner of everything that is made. Here is where humankind is made to realize we owe our very existence to something (someone) other than ourselves. Here is where hubris is put in it's place. Here is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...and that is the only foundation for clear thinking ever made available."
This is what we need to teach our children, and what the Christian colleges need to be teaching our children. Unfortunately, many are not.
There is so much more to this book though than just what is going on in Christian colleges today.
I leaned so much from this book on faith and worldview. It is so refreshing to see someone write about standing strong in your faith, and not afraid to speak the truth.
I highly, highly recommend this book, even if you don't have a child headed to college. As Christians we need to be aware of what is going on in the church.
I would even say, let your kids read this book. There is a chapter specifically for students, but I think they would gain so much knowledge from reading the entire book.
If you read this book let me know what you think. I really liked it, and was very impressed by Ken Ham.
You can find Already Compromised here for $13.99.
* I received this book from New Leaf Publishing, free, in return for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given to me. *
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