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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 had disconnected truth from the personal experience of the average citizen.  It was simultaneously viewed as both reverent and irrelevant.  Likewise, there was no lack of “original thinking” among the general population when it came to religious matters.  This was the Age of Enlightenment, and belief and confidence in man’s ability, human reason and scientific discovery were on the rise.  The problem was not this new form of knowledge, but that it was now, for the first time, disconnected from Scripture and a Christian worldview.

Into this cultural malaise stepped John Wesley. In response to the problem described above, Wesley developed a system of discerning truth that was rooted in the objective reality of Scripture and ecclesiastical tradition and sensitive to subjective personal experience and intellectual reasoning.  This fourfold approach for discerning truth has become known as The Wesleyan Quadrilateral which involves the intersection of Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience.  As we face the opportunity of preparing 21st Century Christian college students to impact the culture for Christ, one of the greatest challenges is getting them to think, in the words of T.S. Eliot, in “Christian categories” or, of Christian philosopher Dallas Willard, to “think straight”.

For just as Wesley sought to unite the objective realities of Scripture and tradition with the subjective realities of experience and reason, so too we find in the person and work of Jesus Christ the perfect unity of reality and truth.  For in the person of Jesus Christ we have one who is "full of grace and truth."  We find one who not only knows the truth, but is the Truth. Thus, armed with the Spirit of Truth and Wesley’s approach to discerning truth the Christian student can now approach any academic discipline with confidence, knowing that each discovery of truth made there is also a discovering of God for all truth is God’s Truth.  As former prime minister of the Netherlands, Abraham Kuyper once declared, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry, 'Mine!'”

George Marsden has observed that “contemporary university culture is hollow at its core, not only does it lack a spiritual center, but it is without any real alternative . . . It is time that scholars and institutions who take the intellectual dimensions of their faith seriously become active participants in the highest level of academic discourse.” If the graduates from Christian universities are going to effectively influence our secular, post-truth culture, they must believe that there is objective truth to be found and divine Truth to be revealed. Then, and only then, will our graduates be able to enter the world as the "salt and light" they were intended to be.

Click here to read part 3 in this series.

In Part 5 of this series, I will discuss the importance of integrating faith and learning as a comprehensive approach to learning, rather than as a fragmented “part” of the curriculum.

Articles of Interest

An Election Message from President Kulaga

Published: November 2, 2020

Last week, Dr. Jon Kulaga, President of Ohio Christian University, sent an email to all faculty, staff, and students regarding the upcoming election. We thought it fitting to share his thoughts today with you, the public. We are so thankful to have this wise man at the helm of the university and hope you are as challenged by his words as we, the university family, were. Dear All, Next week we will be entering another national General Election that will determine who will be the next President of the United States for the next four years.  Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is voting day – so
Last week, Dr. Jon Kulaga, President of Ohio Christian University, sent an email to all faculty, staff, and students regarding the upcoming election. We thought it fitting to share his thoughts today with you, the public. We are so thankful to have this wise man at the helm of the university and hope you are as challenged by his words as we, the university family, were. Dear All, Next week
Last week, Dr. Jon Kulaga, President of Ohio Christian University, sent an email to all faculty, staff, and students regarding the upcoming election. We thought it fitting to share his thoughts
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A Message to the OCU Community from the President

OCU MPAC Building from the air

Published: June 5, 2020

We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration, and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair. It has become apparent that, as a nation, we need to do more than lament the overwhelming evidence of systematic and strategic racism. We need to act with courage and perseverance in the face of this pattern of evil. We know that any act of racism, violence, and injustice are inconsistent with the heart of God. As Christians, we must proclaim the message of Christ’s redemption and reconciliation to the world. Scripture is very clear that all people are created in
We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration, and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair. It has become apparent that, as a nation, we need to do more than lament the overwhelming evidence of systematic and strategic racism. We need to act with courage and perseverance in the face of this pattern of evil. We know that any act of racism, violence, and
We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration, and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair. It has become apparent that, as a nation, we need to do more than lament

Archived Articles of Interest

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Lest We Forget Honors the Fallen

Photo of flag stuck in 9/11 memorial

Published: October 16, 2019

Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon. The event honored the first responders who sacrificed themselves to save others on that fateful day and the military service members who answered their nation's call to fight against terrorism. In the 9/11 attacks, almost 3,000 innocent civilians lost their lives, over 400 firefighters and police died during rescue operations, and
Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon. The event honored the first responders who sacrificed themselves to save others on that fateful day and the military service members who
Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the
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Engaging the Culture: The End Result

Engaging the Culture Kulaga Article Series Photo

Published: September 12, 2019

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
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Student Leadership Commissioning

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Published: August 19, 2019

A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on a larger team with larger over-arching goals than just being an RA or on the Student Involvement Council [SIC] team. It is our hope that as various student leaders face challenges and difficulties
A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on
A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to
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Secretary of State Husted Shares Plan to Innovate and Invest

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Published: September 10, 2018

Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General Mike DeWine’s and his “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that they will implement if elected Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor. The Plan provides for training to give Ohioans 21st-century technology job skills through funding completion of 10,000 training certificates for skills such as basic computer software coding and data analytics. Short courses will cost around $600 each, offered by the likes of the
Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General Mike DeWine’s and his “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that they will implement if elected Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor. The Plan provides for training to give Ohioans 21st-century technology job skills
Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General
Eric Metaxas Speaks at OCU Leadership Forum

2018 Leadership Forum Offers Keen Insights

Eric Metaxas Speaks at OCU Leadership Forum

Published: May 8, 2018

President Jon S. Kulaga opened the University's annual Leadership Forum by welcoming the many attendees in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center.  Underscoring the importance of character in leaders, Kulaga noted that the University strives to inculcate three habits in students through its Christ-centered higher education: 1) spiritual growth through practicing inner devotion, or holiness, 2) intellectual development through academic learning, and 3) keeping faith alive through community service—habits of the heart, head, and hands.  Then he introduced this year's three keynote
President Jon S. Kulaga opened the University's annual Leadership Forum by welcoming the many attendees in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center.  Underscoring the importance of character in leaders, Kulaga noted that the University strives to inculcate three habits in students through its Christ-centered higher education: 1) spiritual growth through practicing inner devotion, or
President Jon S. Kulaga opened the University's annual Leadership Forum by welcoming the many attendees in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center.  Underscoring the importance of character in