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By Carl R. Trueman, First Things, 2 . 14 . 23

Carl Trueman is a professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


Are merely Christian colleges enough? That was the question—the good question—that Clifford Humphrey asked at First Things last week. But his analysis of the issue and his solution to the problem merit a response.

To start, his choice of my own institution, Grove City College (GCC), as an example of the problems created by a practical commitment to “mere Christianity” was odd. The evidence he cites—thirty-six words plucked from our website—would seem a rather weak basis for an assessment of a college’s ethos, sense of mission, and actual practices. Perhaps it is unfair to expect a web article to offer the kinds of rigorous evidence that might confirm his argument—analyses of the curriculum, course syllabi, administrative policies and plans, for example. …

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