America's Educational Legacy


The "First Rules of Harvard College" in 1643 stated: "Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 17:3, and therefore to lay Christ at the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him Prov. 2:3."


Among the rules for Yale students in 1745, one stated:

"All Scholars Shall Live Religious, Godly and Blameless Lives according to the Rules of God's Word, diligently Reading the holy Scriptures the Fountain of Light and Truth; and constantly attend upon all the Duties of Religion both in Publick and Secret."

Excerpted from American Vision's Biblical Worldview, February 1998, by Gary DeMar

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

C. S. Lewis, "Is Theology Poetry?" in Christian Reflections