Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A Spiritual Awakening within the Ivy League?

My cousins lived in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the early-90's, a town known for little else but its Ivy League institution, Dartmouth College. Whenever we'd visit, they'd take us around campus and tell tall tales about the college culture. That's why the following, from a speech given by the Dartmouth Senior Class president this fall to incoming freshmen, was so shocking:

"Character has a lot to do with sacrifice, laying our personal interests down for something bigger. The best example of this is Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane, just hours before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed, 'Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.' He knew the right thing to do. He knew the cost would be agonizing torture and death. He did it anyway. That's character. "Jesus is a good example of character, but He's also much more than that. He is the solution to flawed people like corrupt Dartmouth alums, looters, and me."
Something's stirring up north. Read the full speech here. (HT: Peter Ong.)


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