a speech in Washington, D.C. at an event celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the Consortium of Christian Colleges and Universities. If you're interested in higher education and culture (as everybody should be), I recommend that you take the time to read it.
The Cultural Value of Christian Higher Education
Christian colleges can develop students in ways few other institutions can.
A Short Excerpt...
of our institutions, and especially our universities, don’t do much to
help our graduates achieve that transcendence. But for Christian
universities and other religious institutions, this is bread and butter.
This is the curriculum. This is the chapel service. This is the
conversation students are having late at night. It’s lived out. Now, you
in this room, have the Gospel. You have the example of Jesus Christ.
You have the beatitudes; the fire of the Holy Spirit; you believe in a
personal God who is still redeeming the world. As Pope Francis
demonstrated, when a single person acts like Jesus, the whole world is
transfixed. Carrying the Gospel is your central mission to your students
and to those you serve beyond the campus walls, but that’s not all you
have. You have a way of being that is not all about self. You have a
counterculture to the excessive individualism of our age. You offer an
ideal more fulfilling and more true and higher than the ideal of