The More Educated the Less you believe
The More Educated the less you believe??
Dear Church, This a partial excerpt from Dr.James Kennedy who is citing a Pew research study that says in the general population it is true that there is a correlation between higher education and lower religious belief. But among educated Christians it is the opposite, the more education the deeper the religious conviction.
When you read some of Lee Strobel’s work( The Case for Christ) or Josh McDowell (Evidence that demands a verdict) or CS Lewis ( Mere Christianity) You dive deep into History, Archeology, and Forensic sciences to discover truth vs popular opinion. The Bible becomes well supported if you do and to others who don’t know, it is becomes a casualty of the Culture war we are in. Pastor Tom
Dr Kennedy asks:
“Why, overall, does faith decline as education climbs? Contrary to the belief of some, it is not because there you discover that all religion is bogus. No, it is because there you are told that all religion is bogus.
There’s a difference.
I have long been concerned with the tendency of many professors in secular colleges and universities who take it upon themselves to not simply educate, but indoctrinate according to their own predilections. It’s as if they are on a mission to undermine a freshman’s faith as a matter of duty. ( As in “God is not Dead”-the movie, my note.PT)
To make matters worse, many, many students entering college have never examined their faith intellectually. They have never been exposed to many of the arguments and attacks against their beliefs. Which means they have never been equipped with the responses to such attacks. So when a young study is confronted with challenges to their faith for the first time at the hands of an intellectual predator, the damage to faith can be severe.
Which raises the second question: Why are educated Christians more immune to this pattern? There are several probable reasons. Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, have taken the life of the mind and, more specifically, apologetics* much more seriously than other faiths. One is that it is a clear biblical mandate to know why you believe what you believe (e.g., I Peter 3:15). And while many churches have failed their students who are preparing to leave for college, many have not. They have solid worldviews, have been exposed to the more common cultural attacks on the Christian faith, and are able to engage the secular academic environment as a thinking, informed person of faith. (* defense of the faith)
But there’s an easier answer. Perhaps the reason Christians are outliers when it comes to the effect of education on their faith is because their faith stands up under intellectual scrutiny better than any other faith. When Christianity is examined, it’s not found wanting – it’s found more compelling than ever.
So perhaps the reason so many educated people are still Christians is because when it comes to the Christian faith, you don’t have to check your brains at the door to believe it. If anything, you have to check your brains at the door not to.
And here’s one Ph.D. who will put his name on that list.
James Emery White