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Undercover At An Evangelical University
NPR ^ | Kevin Roose

Posted on 05/31/2009 5:06:56 PM PDT by Freepmanchew

Taking a semester off to travel and focus on writing isn't that unusual for a student at Brown University. But instead of studying comparative literature in Europe, Kevin Roose decided to go to Lynchburg, Va., and enroll at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.

Roose passed himself off as an evangelical Christian to blend in with students at the school founded by the late Moral Majority leader. The experience led to a book, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: bookreview; christianschools; college; deceit; evangelicals; highereducation; liberty; libertycollege; libertyu; lynchburg; secular; sinners; student; virginia
When confronted with the light, you will either lighten up or get darker, it seems the seeds of God's Son have been planted in his heart and he will never be as he was again.
1 posted on 05/31/2009 5:06:56 PM PDT by Freepmanchew
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To: Freepmanchew

So brave. I look forward to his book from inside the Madrassa.


2 posted on 05/31/2009 5:11:19 PM PDT by steveyp
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To: Freepmanchew

This doesn’t surprise me. I think if you took ten liberals from Ivy League schools, liberals that were honest and earnest about actually learning about Evangelicals... I think nine out of those ten would end up the same way as this young man.


3 posted on 05/31/2009 5:15:18 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Freepmanchew

It would be interesting to see the book.


4 posted on 05/31/2009 5:15:54 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Freepmanchew

oh how clever. oh how original.


5 posted on 05/31/2009 5:16:15 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Freepmanchew

God willing.


6 posted on 05/31/2009 5:16:56 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Freepmanchew

Nice article i am surprised NPR posted it...

They may have done a better job than they thought. Even though he’s back at Brown, Roose still tries to pray every day. He says the act of prayer changes him, referring to the writings of Christian author Oswald Chambers.

“He said that it’s not so much that prayer changes things as that prayer changes me — and then I change things,” Roose says. “That’s going to be important for me — to sit down every day and think about the problems and the challenges facing other people in my life, and really trying to increase my own compassion that way.”


7 posted on 05/31/2009 5:18:09 PM PDT by GSP.FAN
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To: Freepmanchew; FredJake; OneVike

Conversion Ping


8 posted on 05/31/2009 5:18:37 PM PDT by Freepmanchew ( <:)))>< Proverbs 30:7-9)
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To: steveyp

The sad thing is, if he had simply said, “I’m a student at an Ivy League school. I come at the world from a very different background and viewpoint, but I’m intrigued by your ideas and I want to understand them better. Could I spend a semester at your school? I promise I will participate fully in the student and scholastic activities,” I’m sure they would have welcomed him with open arms. There was no need to sneak.


9 posted on 05/31/2009 5:20:54 PM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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To: CaptainMorgantown

It’s not that “sad” to understand how a liberal mind’s work, in comparison to conservatives. I still find it refreshing that prayer is now a part of his life but if it were the other way around, obviously a conservative student will never get that treatment.


10 posted on 05/31/2009 5:28:01 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Freepmanchew

He is praying daily and reading Oswald Chambers? HA! He is almost there already. PTL!


11 posted on 05/31/2009 5:35:00 PM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ Caligula, just like his Kenyan ancestors, is selling his countrymen into slavery.)
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To: GSP.FAN

“They may have done a better job than they thought. Even though he’s back at Brown, Roose still tries to pray every day. He says the act of prayer changes him, referring to the writings of Christian author Oswald Chambers.”

If anyone can shake him, Brown can...


12 posted on 05/31/2009 5:37:05 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: Freepmanchew
I guess experiencing what real evangelical Christians are like, as opposed to what liberals believe them to be, must have blown his reality completely. The Truth often does that to people.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

13 posted on 05/31/2009 5:37:25 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.foundersvalues.com/)
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To: jessduntno

I get the idea from the article his view of “those kind of people” has changed.
Once he opened Pandoras box to differing views it can never be closed.
A good experience for the kid i wish him the best..


14 posted on 05/31/2009 5:46:46 PM PDT by GSP.FAN
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To: Freepmanchew

Indeed. I’m glad it was a positive experience for him and for the friends he made there. I trust his book will be fair.


15 posted on 05/31/2009 6:15:30 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: jessduntno

Right. You have to go to the left coast to find a worse place than Brown.


16 posted on 05/31/2009 6:26:57 PM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: Freepmanchew
"It was one of the hardest things I had ever done, because these had become some of my best friends," Roose says. He expected them to feel betrayed — and expected to do a lot of apologizing. Instead, he says, something amazing happened.

"Everyone forgave me — immediately," he says. "It was unreal how quickly their surprise turned to real compassion and excitement."

Would he have believed this before he went there? Likely not. And that is very, very sad. I hope his books will open the eyes of some trapped in darkness.

17 posted on 05/31/2009 6:33:22 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Malesherbes

“Right. You have to go to the left coast to find a worse place than Brown.”

Can’t think of one here either...Berkely? Too raw...UCLA? Too mellow...no, Brown is the epitome of that special brand of East coast Ragggedy ass dirty is cool radical chic cum snotty Connecticutt/Boston/Ivy faux liberalism...no, Brown is unique...


18 posted on 05/31/2009 8:48:13 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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Can’t think of one here either

Evergreen State in Washington.

19 posted on 05/31/2009 8:52:44 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Here come the Hawks)
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To: sharkhawk

“Evergreen State in Washington”

Sheesh. No fair...thought the school had to be known...OK, by those rules:

http://www.simons-rock.edu/

Don’t bother trying to top that one...can’t be done...


20 posted on 05/31/2009 8:58:46 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: uptoolate

bookmark for later read


21 posted on 06/01/2009 6:28:36 AM PDT by uptoolate (Shhh. If you listen real hard, God is speaking to America.)
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To: Freepmanchew

Very interesting. Seems that this young man is having a conversion experience. I will pray that he learns and fully embraces the Good News.


22 posted on 06/01/2009 7:58:07 AM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
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To: steveyp

Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding


23 posted on 06/01/2009 7:59:23 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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