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Ohio Christian University has adopted a list of what it declares are its “Core Values”.  These values are meant to succinctly describe who we are–at a glance–and can be found above our guest parking signs on campus, on the banners hanging from light poles, even on the walls over some of our drinking fountains.  The list is not long and includes such values as Bible-based, Ministry Motivated, Student Oriented, and so on.  And, while all these values are important, none is more important than Christ-Centered

But what does it mean to offer a Christ-centered education?

In the 17th Century a shift occurred, or, perhaps more accurately, a separation occurred.  In the centuries preceding the 17th Century both biblical and humanist thinkers took for granted that theology and science were threads belonging to the same tapestry. During the Enlightenment Era, however, faith and reason were uncoupled from each other.  Faith was relegated to private experience.  Reason was to guide the affairs of public life.  This led, in turn, to a secularized public square.  Up until this point, at least in Western Civilization, faith and reason had always been integrated.  This is what St. Augustine wrote about almost two millennia ago, when he called for a “thinking faith”.  Many other great thinkers–who were also Christian believers–saw no reason to believe that an intellectual or spiritual barrier existed between theology and physics, or between the study of God and of the stars He created, between literature and the word made flesh. 

Throughout the 17th Century Europe, however, the Bible had to justify itself more and more at the bar of reason, and what started as a shift grew into a separation.  Until now we come to 21st Century America, and many of our institutions of higher learning have replaced the concept of "revealed truth" for the more "enlightened" concept of "observed truth".  They have replaced a worldview shaped by the Bible, for a worldview shaped by the assumptions and beliefs of emotion and personal preference.  The result is a dualistic approach to learning and separation of heart knowledge from head knowledge, of wisdom from information, of calling from career, faith from learning, and God from His creation.

This loss of the Christian worldview from most of our country's colleges and universities has resulted in the creation of a curriculum in which faith is not only disconnected from virtually every academic discipline, but is actually seen as being incongruent with serious scholarship, research, and teaching. Today, the situation has emerged where the concepts of revealed truth and objective truth are dismissed as irrelevant, and the belief in relative truth (true for you, but not true for me) reigns supreme impacting all spheres of higher learning.

In Part 2 of this series, I will address the problem of truth separated from reality and how the two can be united in a comprehensive, holistic, Christ-centered education.

Articles of Interest

Fall Revival 2021

Semester Begins With Revival Services

Fall Revival 2021

Published: September 10, 2021

Students started the new semester with three days of revival services in the Ministry
Students started the new semester with three days of revival services in the Ministry
Students started the new semester with three days of revival services in the Ministry

OCU Among The 25 Safest Colleges Campuses in America

Published: September 10, 2021

Ohio Christian University earned twelfth place on college data and review site Niche's list of the top 25 safest college campuses in America. Niche analyzed data and student reviews to look at which campuses are the safest. This honor did not escape the attention of Newsweek magazine, read their article here. Niche's Safest College Campuses ranking is intended to highlight colleges with little to no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.  They consider not only the campus data, but also the crime incidents in the local area, rates for violence and arrests, and comb through student
Ohio Christian University earned twelfth place on college data and review site Niche's list of the top 25 safest college campuses in America. Niche analyzed data and student reviews to look at which campuses are the safest. This honor did not escape the attention of Newsweek magazine, read their article here. Niche's Safest College Campuses ranking is intended to highlight colleges with
Ohio Christian University earned twelfth place on college data and review site Niche's list of the top 25 safest college campuses in America. Niche analyzed data and student reviews to look at

Archived Articles of Interest

Kelly, Eades, and Frederick Present at Conferences and Are Published image

Kelly, Eades, and Frederick Present at Conferences and Are Published

Kelly, Eades, and Frederick Present at Conferences and Are Published image

Published: June 23, 2011

Dr. Hank Kelly, Dr. Tim Eades, and Heidi Frederick presented "Quality Adult Education: Focus on Curriculum, Faculty, and Students" at two conferences this spring. Their presentation focused on how to meet the unique needs of adult students through writing strong curricula, hiring academically and experientially qualified faculty, and providing excellent student services. Adult students have a wealth of background experiences that also serves as a rich source of content and adults value relevancy. They have the self-concept and motivation to learn in the right environment, and Ohio
Dr. Hank Kelly, Dr. Tim Eades, and Heidi Frederick presented "Quality Adult Education: Focus on Curriculum, Faculty, and Students" at two conferences this spring. Their presentation focused on how to meet the unique needs of adult students through writing strong curricula, hiring academically and experientially qualified faculty, and providing excellent student services. Adult students have
Dr. Hank Kelly, Dr. Tim Eades, and Heidi Frederick presented "Quality Adult Education: Focus on Curriculum, Faculty, and Students" at two conferences this spring. Their presentation focused on how
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OCU Faculty Earn Doctorates

OCU Faculty Earn Doctorates image

Published: February 8, 2011

Ohio Christian University seeks qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, four OCU faculty earned doctorates. Congratulations to Drs. Jacob Dodson, Sylvia McDonald, David Uhl, and Kelvin Webb. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for their students. Dr. Jacob D. Dodson has been an adjunct faculty member since 2009. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Christian Theology from Regent University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary. Dr. Dodson has contributed articles to the
Ohio Christian University seeks qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, four OCU faculty earned doctorates. Congratulations to Drs. Jacob Dodson, Sylvia McDonald, David Uhl, and Kelvin Webb. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for their students. Dr. Jacob D. Dodson has been an adjunct faculty member since 2009. He earned the Doctor of
Ohio Christian University seeks qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, four OCU faculty earned doctorates. Congratulations to Drs. Jacob Dodson, Sylvia McDonald, David Uhl
Hallmark Year for Ohio Christian University Accreditation image

Hallmark Year for Ohio Christian University Accreditation

Hallmark Year for Ohio Christian University Accreditation image

Published: April 6, 2010

Ohio Christian University was visited March 29-31 by the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits all universities in Ohio. The visiting team gave OCU a glowing report. The team met with administrators, staff, trustees, and students along with alumni and community leaders. This is the third team to visit Ohio Christian University this year, with the Ohio Board of Regents recommending 10 years of reaccreditation and the national Teacher Education Accreditation Council recommending full accreditation approval of Ohio Christian University's Teacher Education program. Students can now
Ohio Christian University was visited March 29-31 by the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits all universities in Ohio. The visiting team gave OCU a glowing report. The team met with administrators, staff, trustees, and students along with alumni and community leaders. This is the third team to visit Ohio Christian University this year, with the Ohio Board of Regents recommending 10
Ohio Christian University was visited March 29-31 by the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits all universities in Ohio. The visiting team gave OCU a glowing report. The team met with