This is an article from the March 2001 issue: God’s Story

College Doesn’t Have to Be a Detour From Reality

Now you can take college with you

College Doesn’t Have to Be a Detour From Reality

Would you be interested in learning the absolutely essential knowledge for every World Christian and still graduate from the college of your choice?

Would you like to study either on our campus or some other U.S. or overseas setting without interrupting your academic progress?

The World Christian Foundations course--already available as an accredited M.A. and a B.A. degree completion program--is piloting a transferable B.A. degree lower-division program in the fall of 2001 for a few select students.

A New Approach

This approach gives you two years of college, at the lower division level, upper division level (or even an M.A. degree), combining most of the basic content of both college and seminary.

It is designed in part for missionary kids already living overseas in a missionary family--they can stay home (overseas) any four semesters of college. Or, if you live in the U.S., you can go to live overseas any four semesters out of the four years. Or just stay home wherever you live.

Also, this "World Christian Foundations" program provides phenomenal integration knitting back together all the commonly fragmented courses of college and seminary into a single gigantic story of human life on this planet, all from a global, Biblical point of view.

Don't worry. It can be broken out into traditional credit packages for transfer to a regular college.

Why go to college?

You may not believe this: our founding fathers did not go to college as we know it. Back then the word college meant grade school (as it still does in French and Spanish). Kids--I mean kids--went to college at 13 and got out in three years. Thomas Jefferson was quite the exception, getting out at the late age of 17.

This fact is a well-kept secret within the prison walls of our school system. From the founding of Harvard in 1640, the main purpose of "college" was to learn enough Latin so you could go on for rest of your life reading your way into law, medicine or the ministry. You were expected to learn mostly after college, on the job.

No kidding. It took 300 years until after the Second World War for the idea to get around that everyone ought to go to a "college," which by 1945 was four years on top of a previous 13 years!

It is no longer possible to grow up fast like our Founding Fathers--even if it really is quite a good idea. Why? Our society no longer permits young people to enter the work force that early.

Tough bananas! But here's the reality: depending upon what kind of co-workers you expect to have for the rest of your life, having the "college experience" behind you will probably be quite important.

All you are really free to do, sorry, is to grin and bear it and make the best of it. Okay. So, pull out all the stops. Take advantage of the latest flexibilities, which are quite remarkable. Mix work and study.

These two pages sketch the highlights of the new, World Christian Foundations curriculum. And, there is a whole lot more excitement than you can see here.

Representative Lesson Titles

Module 1: Ancient World

The Christian and the Old Testament

A Missiological View of Civilization

Module 2: Classical World

The Effect of Hellenistic Culture on Jewish Life

Missiological Perspectives on the Book of Acts

Module 3: Expanding World

The Devastation of Slavery in Africa, Asia, the Americas, the Pacific

Peoples and Ethnic Groups: The Third Era of Missions

Module 4: Modern World

The Christian Tradition and Islam

Liberation Theology and the Latin American Church

The Gospel in Today's Religious and Secular Worlds


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