Dr. Budziszewski is a philosopher, and a professor who, according to the website at the University of Texas at Austin, “specializes in political philosophy, ethical philosophy, and the interaction of religion with philosophy. Among his research interests are classical natural law, virtue ethics, moral self deception, family and sexuality, and the problem of toleration.”
The book, originally published by NavPress in 1999 contains chapters entitled Worldviews, Talking with NonChristian Friends, Campus Myths, and How to Cope. Reading How to Stay Christian in College will be a blessing and a help in your battle against the enemies of Christ whether you are in college or not. "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise." Proverbs 13:20.
Following that the author introduces the false philosophies and beliefs systems that the Christian student may run across in the halls of academia: Naturalism (“Naturalists like to think of themselves as brave defenders of clear reasoning against irrational superstition, but actually naturalism itself is the superstition. It isn’t supported by reasoning, but by blind hostility to the evidence of God.”). Postmodernism (basically a self-refuting “There is no such thing as truth” belief system), and Do-It-Yourself Spirituality (as in “I’m a very spiritual person”, a wonderfully ridiculous western buffet of pick and choose what you want kind of religion you want).
He introduces the reader to many other lies that will be commonplace in the halls of academia such as, “Faith and reason or faith and truth are mutually exclusive”. “Truth is whatever you sincerely believe” (i.e. relativism), and “Truth is whatever works” (pragmatism), and “We can’t really know anything for certain”. He covers a lot of ground in this easy to read, fairly short book.
In his book, Stop Dating the Church, Josh Harris makes the statement, "¦ even though I had stopped playing the dating game with girls, I was perfectly happy to keep playing it with the Church. I liked attending on weekends, and I enjoyed the social benefits of Church, but I didn't want the responsibility that came with real commitment.
He goes on to describe what real commitment looks like in a relationship with others, with God, and with His bride (the Church). We are to see the Church from heaven's perspective, think globally, love locally, put passion in action, and discern what matters most to God. Pastor Harris continues, "¦ remember that you're not here to be entertained. You're not part of an audience - you're part of a congregation. You stand before the Audience of One.
For a concise view of the value of the local Church and God's perspective on commitment, check out this excellent book by Josh Harris.
- Asst. Pastor Darbyshire