CHANCELLOR | The Foolish University

There seems to be many questions and confusion concerning my last column, “The Godless University,” including a particular guest column in response to the piece, “Stay Godless.” Before clearing up any concerns about my original piece, it would be wise to first address the title of this new column. It is a play on the scripture in Psalm 14:1, which reads, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” The title is not meant to call atheists fools, but rather that the university who refuses to acknowledge the idea of God in their academics is foolish. 

This brings up the biggest question from the last column: What is meant by the idea that God should be taught in the university? Those who asked the question were comfortable with God being taught from historical perspectives, like discussing God’s influence on figures such as Sir Isaac Newton, or major events like the Crusades. But, put simply, incorporating God into the university means providing a fully rounded education by addressing the idea of God in all relevant fields such as philosophy, history and the sciences. And this should not be construed to mean turning the university into a religious school, merely teaching the point of view a believer would have and the evidence for it and in the case where there is no evidence, then it should not be taught. If students are never taught differing perspectives, then what is there to think about?

As such, it is wonderful that the column garnered a response — this is the way the university was meant to be. This column will attempt to address said response. Attempt is apropos because to adequately reply to each claim would be much longer than one column. To start, the use of statistics in “The Godless University” should not be taken as an argument for God’s existence; they were simply to further the piece’s argument. The “snickers from relativists” should not be construed any further than the fact that God is not taught in the classroom, even in subjects where God would seem prevalent, such as morality.