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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

Community:  The Context for Reunification image

Community: The Context for Reunification

Community:  The Context for Reunification image

Published: January 22, 2018

T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the purpose of Christian education is to teach people to think in Christian categories.”  It is not about the number of Bible classes or chapel services – although those are important.  It is about training every student, in every discipline, how to think from a Christian perspective. This is the task of each faculty member. The task of each student is to answer the call to the vocation of
T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the purpose of Christian education is to teach people to think in Christian categories.”  It is not about the number of Bible classes or chapel services – although those are important.  It is about
T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the
Truth Separated from Reality image

Truth Separated from Reality

Truth Separated from Reality image

Published: January 8, 2018

The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who are no longer capable of articulating a biblical worldview.  The average college student, even those who come from evangelical Christian homes and churches, hold to many distorted beliefs about God, truth, and reality.  In his research project, Third Millennium Teens, researcher George Barna states that over 75 percent of today’s churched youth believe that God created the universe, Jesus
The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who are no longer capable of articulating a biblical worldview.  The average college student, even those who come from evangelical Christian homes and churches, hold to many distorted beliefs about
The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who
Student Amber Ginter

Student Profile: Amber Ginter on “What No One Tells You About Coming to OCU”

Student Amber Ginter

Published: August 27, 2019

As a senior, I often hear excited, uncertain freshmen asking: "Excuse me, do you know where Room CE201 is?”, "Have you ever had Professor X?", "Is she as intimidating as everyone says?", "How do I know what to major in?", "Why doesn't this guy who seems perfect for me text me back?" My answers, respectively, are:  “Yes, yes, and yes. But, she's awesome. Don't worry. You will figure it out. I am not one to give ‘guy advice’, but maybe God is telling you he isn't ‘the one’?” Such questions go on and on. One thing remains: No matter what your class at the start of a new school year,
As a senior, I often hear excited, uncertain freshmen asking: "Excuse me, do you know where Room CE201 is?”, "Have you ever had Professor X?", "Is she as intimidating as everyone says?", "How do I know what to major in?", "Why doesn't this guy who seems perfect for me text me back?" My answers, respectively, are:  “Yes, yes, and yes. But, she's awesome. Don't worry. You will figure it out. I
As a senior, I often hear excited, uncertain freshmen asking: "Excuse me, do you know where Room CE201 is?”, "Have you ever had Professor X?", "Is she as intimidating as everyone says?", "How do I
Ohio Christian University serves military families

OCU Named Top Military Friendly University

Ohio Christian University serves military families

Published: July 31, 2016

Ohio Christian University remains in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are dedicated to serving those who serve. For the sixth year in a row, Ohio Christian University was named a Top Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, the premier resource for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. G.I. Jobs’ mission is to simplify the military transition experience using education and employment tools and resources to guide military service members to a successful civilian career. The annual military friendly schools list honors the institutions
Ohio Christian University remains in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are dedicated to serving those who serve. For the sixth year in a row, Ohio Christian University was named a Top Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, the premier resource for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. G.I. Jobs’ mission is to simplify the military transition
Ohio Christian University remains in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are dedicated to serving those who serve. For the sixth year in a row, Ohio Christian
OCU Graduates Celebrate Commencement at the Morning Ceremony

Record 810 Graduates Celebrate Commencement

OCU Graduates Celebrate Commencement at the Morning Ceremony

Published: May 26, 2016

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Ohio Christian University held its 66th Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. A record 810 associate, bachelor, and master level graduates participated a total of four ceremonies: three in Ohio and one in Georgia earlier this month. Kelvin J. Cochran of Atlanta, Georgia, was the 2016 Commencement speaker. Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Cochran followed his childhood dream and became a firefighter in 1981. Working his way through the ranks, he was appointed Fire Chief of the Shreveport Fire Department in 1999
On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Ohio Christian University held its 66th Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. A record 810 associate, bachelor, and master level graduates participated a total of four ceremonies: three in Ohio and one in Georgia earlier this month. Kelvin J. Cochran of Atlanta, Georgia, was the 2016 Commencement speaker. Originally from
On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Ohio Christian University held its 66th Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. A record 810 associate, bachelor, and master level