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May 2008
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"God's Harvard"

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]hummingwolf)

Patrick Henry College (PHC), located in Virginia some 40 miles west of Washington, is one of American evangelicalism's recent success stories. It opened in 2000, became known for placing interns in the White House and other strategic spots, and in so doing became an object of intense media interest. When a group of professors resigned in spring 2006, charging the college with restricting their academic freedom, press ears perked up again.

Over the years Time, The New York Times, and many other publications have run largely superficial stories about PHC. One writer, Hanna Rosin, formerly of The Washington Post, went deeper. She embedded herself at the college for a year and a half and witnessed tumult among both professors and students. Her new book, God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America (Harcourt), shows the curiosity of an Israeli-born, Jewish New Yorker asking, "What does it mean to keep up a running conversation with Jesus in your head, and at the same time to function in the modern world?"

WORLD Magazine has a Q&A with the author here. Note: While author Hanna Rosin is no evangelical, WORLD Magazine itself can be classified as "Religious Right"--which makes the article all the more interesting, really.

[Edit: The previous link seems not to work for those of us who don't subscribe. However, if you go to this blog post and follow the link from there, you should be able to read it.]