I spent a few hours today meeting a few Profs from Redeemer College. In two different conversations over the last few days I have been recommended to read a short booklet called ‘The Cross & our Calling’ which seeks to set out the theological and philosophical assumptions behind Redeemers vision for Christian scholarship and learning. Its a great read. Wouldn’t it be great to see this kind of thinking in UK higher education establishments.
Here is the opening few paragraphs. It is well worth a read of the whole document particular if you are a multi-millionaire who wants to get a Christian University in the UK off the ground. As a bonus you could always get one of the lecture rooms named after you- unless, unfortunately, your name is Arius or Pelagius.
In identifying ourselves as a Christian university college, we at Redeemer are declaring that it is in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and more particularly in his suffering, death and
resurrection, that we find our own calling to academic lives of teaching, scholarship and artistry (I Cor. 2:1 -2). In taking as our starting point the work of Christ which makes possible our
reconciliation with God, we join our brothers and sisters from other traditions within the
Christian church in confessing the centrality of the atoning work of Jesus. And in keeping with
our Reformed tradition, we stress the comprehensive significance of what has been accomplished in Christ: the cross was the means God chose to restore to himself the whole of his good creation, and thus the whole of human life, including academic life (Col. 1:19-20).