The scenes in the movie, God is Not Dead, show a university philosophy professor demanding that his students write and sign the proclamation “God is dead”. He requires this so that the class can put aside any philosophical silliness about God and be free to engage in serious thinking. Although this movie lacks subtlety and is a bit heavy on caricatures, its portrayal of a growing anti-Christian crusade on many university campuses has an unfortunately truthful ring.
As an example, I call your attention to a very important article published in Christianity Today about Vanderbilt University, founded as a Methodist Episcopal school. It reveals how Christian groups across the United States are being treated on many university campuses where one could also plausibly assume there are philosophy professors proclaiming that God is dead.
Here is how the article begins. I hope it piques your interest and that you will read the entire article about the clash of faith and culture:
“I thought I was an acceptable evangelical. I'm not a fundamentalist. My friends and I enjoy art, alcohol, and cultural engagement. We avoid spiritual clichés and buzzwords. We value authenticity, study, racial reconciliation, and social and environmental justice.” Yet, “discrimination…was lobbed [at us] like a grenade to end all argument. Administrators compared Christians to 1960s segregationists.”
What do you think? Are Christians overreacting? Are universities exhibiting a rotting of America? Share your thoughts by clicking here and voicing your opinion.