The Point: Commence Leaving


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Indiana’s Taylor University made national headlines when several dozen students and faculty walked out during the commencement address by Vice-President Mike Pence.

Of course, students walk out on commencement speakers all the time. In fact, it’s not the first time it has happened to the Vice-President in Indiana.

What made it news and a kind of a man-bites-dog story is that it happened at an Evangelical college. Unfortunately, Christian college students, like their non-Christian institutional counterparts, are increasingly unwilling to even listen to someone they disagree with—even for twenty minutes.

They don’t understand that their presence doesn’t imply agreement with the speaker, nor does it prevent them from expressing disagreement.

Ideas can go “viral,” but that doesn’t mean they are literally contagious. Being in the same room won’t “infect” you. Given the current state of university campuses, and of students unwilling to be challenged in their viewpoints in any way, there’s a tremendous opportunity for Christian colleges to demonstrate what education can and should be.


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