Skip to comments.Undercover At An Evangelical University
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 ...
So brave. I look forward to his book from inside the Madrassa.
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.
It would be interesting to see the book.
oh how clever. oh how original.
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.”
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.
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.
He is praying daily and reading Oswald Chambers? HA! He is almost there already. PTL!
“They may have done a better job than they thought. Even though hes 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...
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
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..
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.
Right. You have to go to the left coast to find a worse place than Brown.
"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.
“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...
Evergreen State in Washington.
“Evergreen State in Washington”
Sheesh. No fair...thought the school had to be known...OK, by those rules:
Don’t bother trying to top that one...can’t be done...