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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

Engaging the Culture:  The End Result image

Engaging the Culture: The End Result

Engaging the Culture:  The End Result image

Published: March 7, 2018

We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate from the graduate with no spiritual moorings or direction?  Should we expect more from the graduate of a Christian university than just “learning to think in Christian categories?” Is there more to learning than thinking; more to thinking than studying? As Christians, we are commanded to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength (Duet. 6:4-6; Matthew 22:36-40).  This full-orbed
We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate from the graduate with no spiritual moorings or direction?  Should we expect more from the graduate of a Christian university than just “learning to think in Christian categories?” Is there more to
We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate
Tony Perkins Receives Faith & Liberty Award

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins Receives 2018 Faith & Liberty Award

Tony Perkins Receives Faith & Liberty Award

Published: February 21, 2018

The Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government’s Center for Faith and Liberty presented its seventh annual Faith
The Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government’s Center for Faith and Liberty presented its seventh annual Faith
The Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government’s Center for Faith and Liberty presented its seventh annual Faith
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The Integration of Faith and Learning

The Integration of Faith and Learning image

Published: February 19, 2018

Part five of a six-part series by OCU President Jon S. Kulaga The context for learning, that combines a Christian community of learners and a balanced approach to truth, both revealed and discovered, allows the student to enter into a specific discipline of study seeking the integration of faith and learning.  Where in other educational contexts the two remain fragmented entities, either by having no Biblical coursework at all, or by the accumulation of Bible credit hours to the detriment of an academically rigorous major, the Christian university student learns to unite genuine
Part five of a six-part series by OCU President Jon S. Kulaga The context for learning, that combines a Christian community of learners and a balanced approach to truth, both revealed and discovered, allows the student to enter into a specific discipline of study seeking the integration of faith and learning.  Where in other educational contexts the two remain fragmented entities, either by
Part five of a six-part series by OCU President Jon S. Kulaga The context for learning, that combines a Christian community of learners and a balanced approach to truth, both revealed and
Truth United with Reality image

Truth United with Reality

Truth United with Reality image

Published: February 7, 2018

Consider how belonging to a community that believes in objective revealed truth is meaningless if it remains disconnected from the student’s personal experience.  What is needed is a concept of truth that is simultaneously objective in its authority (origin), but experiential (personal) in its reality. In 18th Century England there was no lack of instruction and writing on the objective truth and reality of God and Scripture.  The Bible was available in the common language, as were the teachings of Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Arminius. The problem was that the Church of England
Consider how belonging to a community that believes in objective revealed truth is meaningless if it remains disconnected from the student’s personal experience.  What is needed is a concept of truth that is simultaneously objective in its authority (origin), but experiential (personal) in its reality. In 18th Century England there was no lack of instruction and writing on the objective
Consider how belonging to a community that believes in objective revealed truth is meaningless if it remains disconnected from the student’s personal experience.  What is needed is a concept of
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Serving the Great Commission

Serving the Great Commission image

Published: February 7, 2018

  The Great Commission is a directive that Ohio Christian University and World Gospel Mission take seriously. Through OCU’s Student Center in 2018, World Gospel Mission Student Involvement Director Natasha Grimmett will be leading three separate teams of OCU students around the world to join in the long-term work that God is doing. The first trip is schedule for March 2-9 to Choluteca, Honduras. A team of nine students will be serving alongside long-term missionaries there to complete a variety work projects and support the children’s ministry. The second team will be serving in
  The Great Commission is a directive that Ohio Christian University and World Gospel Mission take seriously. Through OCU’s Student Center in 2018, World Gospel Mission Student Involvement Director Natasha Grimmett will be leading three separate teams of OCU students around the world to join in the long-term work that God is doing. The first trip is schedule for March 2-9 to Choluteca,
  The Great Commission is a directive that Ohio Christian University and World Gospel Mission take seriously. Through OCU’s Student Center in 2018, World Gospel Mission Student Involvement