I recently came across an article that I wanted to share with my readers.
Parents do have a great fear that college will mark the end of their child’s faith. However, here are a few points that I would like to make.
1. Many parents blame college, but the adolescent actually left their faith many years before.
Adolescents leave the faith for a variety of reasons, and parents sometimes turn away from signs that their children no longer hold to the faith that they were taught as children (article). I recommend a book on this subject by Drew Dyck, Generation: Ex-Christian.
2. Professors do not want to convert your children.
The recent film “God’s Not Dead” continues to paint the picture that professors desire to destroy Christians. While some professors may be personally hostile towards a specific religion, faculty cannot discriminate against people of a specific religion, by grading their religious beliefs.
3. Postmodernism allows diversity and a variety of religious beliefs and experiences on campus.
Christian Smith states, “The increase of relativism and the decline of strict scientism, which allows for discussion of faith and spiritual speculation, similar to what Paul experienced at the Aeropagus.” Dr. Smith is talking about the decline of modernity, and the rise of post-modernity. While some Christians have in the past been extremely out-spoken against postmodernism, it has made college campuses more accepting of faith and diversity.
Here is the article. The author, Glenn T. Stanton is the director of family formation studies at Focus on the Family and the author of five books.
I hope that it is an encouragement to you as you parent.