Today’s college campuses aren’t only often unwelcoming to conservative speakers, they can be equally hostile to religion, which presents a challenge for students of faith. A new book, Surviving Religion 101, aims to help.
Liberal professors on college campuses all over America are seemingly at war with traditional values, and that includes religion. Conservative speakers have been routinely booed off of stage or the subjects of protests staged to prevent them from speaking on campus.
Another target of liberal professors and progressive students alike is religion. This can turn college into a minefield for students of faith. Today’s college student has to deal with objections from both professors and students.
A new book entitled: “Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College” by Michael J. Kruger is geared toward helping students confront the challenges to their faith they are likely to encounter during their college years.
“We are not Christians so that we can be part of a cause; we are Christians so that we can know a person: Jesus Christ.”
“We are not saved by obedience. We are saved for obedience. The bottom line is this: we cannot be good enough to repair our broken relationship with God. Moralism is not the solution. It’s the problem.”
“Is it arrogant simply to believe what Jesus has said about himself? Not at all. It is his claim, not our claim. We are merely passing it along.”
“The real objection, then, is about Jesus. Everything comes down to what people think about him, not what they think about us. Is he arrogant to claim that he is the only way to God? Well, that depends on the identity of Jesus. He didn’t claim to be a mere human or simply a prophet but rather the divine Son of God. And as such, he would certainly have the authority to tell us about how one goes to heaven.”
Read more quotes at Crossway.
Author Michael Kruger is a leading scholar on the origins and development of the New Testament, as well as a teacher who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburg.
Crossway, the book’s publisher states: “This book will equip you to engage secular challenges with intellectual honesty, compassion, and confidence—and ultimately graduate college with your faith intact.”
While the book is aimed at college students, it can be beneficial to anyone who is struggling with or facing challenges within or from others when it comes to Christian faith.
“I can’t imagine a college student—skeptic, doubter, Christian, struggler—who wouldn’t benefit from this book,” says Kevin DeYoung.