Abby submitted the following on the Room For Doubt website: “Growing up in secular schools made me doubt God’s existence. How do students like me even come to attend places like yours?”
Here’s a reply to her and to anyone else who might be in the same situation and have the same question.
Thanks so much for your submission on our Room for Doubt website. It’s not that unusual that secular schools would lead students to doubt God’s existence. After all, they often pride themselves on being “secular,” and that typically means making no reference to God. And often, the climate is oriented against God. Two of my graduate degrees are from state universities, so I know a little bit about that.
When you refer to “places like yours,” I think you may be referring to the university that offers this Room for Doubt program–Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. I’ll say more about that in a moment.
First, however, let me say something about secular universities. Many secular universities (public and private) have strong Christian campus ministries that are available to students. I happen to be a board member for a campus ministry at the University of Illinois (see http://illinoisaxiom.com). Such campus ministries like ours and InterVarsity or Campus Crusade offer a place for university students to have fellowship with other Christian students and guidance from Christian leaders while attending a secular university.
But there are many good Christian colleges or universities that provide excellent education within a Christian context. Lincoln Christian University is one of those. LCU is fully accredited with the Higher Learning Commission, which is the same accrediting association that certifies major public universities. We have an application process much like any other university. Prospective students check us out and can simply go through the application process. But we also have a program that allows current high school to take some college classes.
Please check out the links I have provided. If you want more information, I would be glad to follow up or put you in contact with our admissions staff at Lincoln Christian University.
For now, thanks again for your submission on our website. I hope it has a positive influence on your belief in God and provides helpful answers about the Christian faith.
–Dr. Rich Knopp, Program Director, Room For Doubt; Professor of Philosophy & Christian Apologetics, Lincoln Christian University.