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Opinion: Campus Underrepresents Christian Worldview

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I write this article with the intention of offering constructive criticism to the University at Albany administration and out of my concern for the full learning experience of my fellow students. I posit the following: The faculty and general academia offer little to no representation of a Christian worldview.

Before I continue, I should clarify what a “Christian” worldview is. According to Cru.org (the largest Christian missionary organization in the world), it is the belief, based on biblical principles, that God created the world to glorify God; that human sin and rebellion against God has broken the world order, causing wars, destruction, racism, hatred, and other evils. That the only way this fractured world can be restored for its original intent, is through belief in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the only means to complete renewal. This is the worldview I subscribe to.

Generally, UAlbany academia does not recognize this worldview as a plausible or totally legitimate one, offering solely secular alternatives to world issues. For example, in political science courses, what one might learn is that liberalism, the belief in the spread of democracy and a free market, is the answer to the ills of the world. Other answers to these issues include, but are not limited to, feminism, realism, communism, socialism, relativism, secularism, Conservatism, etc.

There is legitimacy in the aforementioned ideologies; however, I have yet to meet any professor who espouses the spread of the life of Jesus Christ as a legitimate and formidable answer to the injustices and violations of human rights we constantly see in our world today from the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar to the explicit and implicit forms of racism experienced here in the United States.

This is a trend throughout the school. In the philosophy department, atheism and agnosticism run rampant; in the political science department, Christians are solely perceived as a voting block; and in the general consensus of faculty and students, humans hold the answers to the problems we’re faced with, not God.

A fellow UAlbany student [what’s the name?] mentioned to me that in his class on the New Testament, a section of the Bible, the professor was very biblically knowledgeable, but he showed little to no evidence of practicing the Christian faith. It seems a bit strange that someone who believes in the Bible wouldn’t be teaching a class on the Bible.

This general trend in the school of lack of representation of a Christian worldview is ultimately doing no favors to the student body. According to Pew Research, over 70 percent of Americans identified as Christian in 2014, along with 31.2 percent of the world, which makes it the largest group of religious observers both domestically and globally. How are UAlbany students to strive if they don’t understand what most Americans or much of the world believes? UAlbany students deserve better preparation for the outside world.

The lack of discussion on this topic also goes against university policy regarding freedom of expression as it states that the university is committed to the idea that “the widest possible scope for freedom of expression is the foundation of an institution dedicated to vigorous inquiry, robust debate, and the continuous search for a proper balance between freedom and order.” For this to be true, the university ought to take steps to recognize the Christian worldview as a legitimate worldview worthy of a hearing. Just ask the over 10 Christian clubs that can be found on campus.

So before we write off a man who lived around 2,000 years ago, who said some profound things, broke racial and gender barriers, questioned the existing world order and culture, preached the love of a Father in heaven, died for the sins and mistakes of humanity, and was raised to life again, I say we should give Jesus a shot. He changed my life, and he is perfectly capable of doing the same for others and the world.

10 Comments

  1. Lee
    February 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm — Reply

    This isn’t constructive criticism this is you pushing your religious ideals on a state university. If you feel that you need a more “Christian” environment I would recommend transferring to a college that is based in that. I am disgusted that you actually thought this was something ok to publish. During my time at Ualbany I was heavily involved in the Jewish community despite my “rampant” atheism. You won’t find students of any other religion at school asking why their professors aren’t offering up religion as an answer to the worlds ills. Because this is an academic environment, when religion is studied or discussed it is from an academic standpoint. If a professor of yours started offering up Judaism as a magic pill for everything wrong with the world, you would be uncomfortable no? That is not your “worldview” why should it be put into an academic space? i am especially disgusted by your comments on a non practicing professor. Again, this is an academic study not your youth bible circle. You can go to that on your own time, the majority of us are in school to learn. I took a Buddhism class that I thoughly enjoyed, am I supposed to only take a class on another religion/worldview if I’m interested in immersing myself completely in it? Is my professor only “allowed” to focus on a topic if they’re part of it? Get your head out of your ass and open your eyes to what the outside world really is. Non-Christinans are fully aware of what it’s like to live in what you consider “the outside world” as most of the world caters to your Christian “worldview.” You’re in the majority yes, so please transfer somewhere where you’ll be coddled like the baby Jesus you are.

  2. Alum
    February 16, 2018 at 11:02 pm — Reply

    As a state funded school SUNY Albany cannot promote a religious ideology as truth. See U.S. Constituion, Amend. I.

  3. Malia
    February 19, 2018 at 11:16 am — Reply

    The cringing I feel right now. Are you kidding me.

  4. Rand
    February 19, 2018 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    SUNY institutes are trying to be secular and inclusive and then there are people like you. Seriously transfer somewhere else where you’ll be encouraged to spread and impose religious propaganda.

  5. Donald
    February 20, 2018 at 9:40 am — Reply

    i, for one, found it heart-warming to see a young man display the bravery it takes these days in this secular society to proudly proclaim his submission to jesus. not only that, but to go a step further and advocate for its propagation to everyone, whatever the backlash may be. while the godless who walk among us claim not to worship anything, WE know that to be false. we see it everyday, people prostrating themselves at the altar of darwin. darwin! a man who was an admitted opium addict (it’s all published). i’m just grateful that we have men like mr. gonzalez in our schools and mr. trump in the white house primed and ready to make america great again. what kind of world are we living in when men are taking women’s studies courses, and women are taking science courses? how do either of those curricula help teach them what they need to know for a life with jesus? what does a man need to know about “feminism” to provide for his family? and how does a physics course help a woman keep a home and raise children? GOD willing by the end of trump’s first four years (first four of many!) every government institution, federal, state and local, will have a copy of the book of leviticus carved in stone and prominently displayed. only then, will our fractured society return to how it is proscribed to be and order will finally return. blessed be.

  6. Abidur Rahman
    February 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    Go to the College of Saint Rose.

  7. Matt Harding
    February 24, 2018 at 11:14 am — Reply

    Great satire, whether intentional or not.

  8. T
    February 28, 2018 at 8:04 pm — Reply

    Your respective church might be a welcome outlet for your religious beliefs. This is an institution of higher learning.

  9. JMS
    March 1, 2018 at 2:48 am — Reply

    I’m an atheist who weren’t to a Catholic University for family and financial reasons. If you want a school where Jesus is shoved up everyone’s noses on the regular, I highly recommend that as an option. Getting away from family and transferring to a state school saved my sanity.

    You should be very glad for the secular nature of state schools. It means YOU DO YOU and religion is a personal, private matter for everyone. There are plenty of churches in Albany for you to attend to get your fix.

    How would you feel if your school chose to become a religious school, but it wasn’t one you liked? And every solution to world issues wasn’t MORE JESUS but Give Tribute to Odin, the All-Father?

    SUNY Albany has fifteen religious fellowship organizations. SEVEN of those are specifically Christian. The rest are a mix of other faiths and what looks like three interfaith-style organisations. Join one of those and learn about separation of church and state.

  10. Mildred
    March 3, 2018 at 8:47 pm — Reply

    The fact that the university is a *secular* institution answers your question quite succinctly.

    There are on campus and off campus groups that will fulfill your need for faith connection, and if you want even more… consider transferring to another school.

    Sincerely, a non-Christian alum.

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