Question about the Templeton Foundation’s $3M Grant to Biola University

The blog Why Evolution is True commented on the Templeton Foundation’s decision to award a $3,030,000 grant to Biola University to setup a “Biola University Center for Christian Thought.”

Stereotypes about Christian institutions of higher learning aside, I received my undergraduate degree from a Christian university. I met a lot of bright students and professors there who certainly seemed to think deeply about the “big questions.” If asked, I would have described it, like many other Christian universities, as a “Center for Christian Thought.” Isn’t that, ahem, the whole point of a Christian university? If so, why does Biola need a “Center for Christian Thought”? I’m sure that Biola would say there was plenty of Christian thought at Biola before the creation of this center. So what, then, could it mean for Biola University to create a “Center for Christian Thought”?

Perhaps, once the Center is up and running, they could think about this.

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Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

  • Jim Lippard

    The original name of Biola was "Bible Institute of Los Angeles," and it was co-founded by Lyman Stewart of the Union Oil Company of California (later Unocal in a similar transmutation of name) and minister T.C. Horton in 1908. Stewart and his brother were the then-anonymous funders of the publication of the twelve-volume _The Fundamentals_ between 1910 and 1915 which played a role in giving "fundamentalists" their name.

    Biola was started in L.A. when Pentecostalism was just taking off in the same city, with the Azusa Street Revival which began in 1906 and lasted to 1915.