The Old Testament Student, Vol. 7 (Classic Reprint)
Shall the study of the Bible have a place in the college curriculum? This question those engaged in college education must ask and must answer. Tc be sure, it is not a new question. There have always been individuals who have pressed it. There have always been institutions in which such study has been provided for. But as never before the question now comes to us: and it comes with force capable of overcoming all ordinary obstacles. The opportune moment has arrived for a movement which shall aim to place in the curriculum of every American college at least an elective course in the study of the English Bible. Let the friends of this movement unite and act.
To how great an extent has the Bible already been assigned a place in the curriculum of our colleges? The brief statements contained in this number of a dozen or more leading college presidents, will in part answer this question. Quite a number of institutions offer something. But is it really bona fide work that is provided for? Is it not in most cases so managed as to become either an unpopular and unprofitable task, or a popular and unprofitable 'snap'? Docs the Bible-department, in those colleges in which it exists, have the dignity possessed by other departments? Is it, after all, regarded as a department of the college, and not rather as a sort of Sunday-school appendage? The truth is this: Only a few, at best, of our institutions, recognize such work as worth doing: and in these few, with some exceptions of course, such study is so conducted as practically to be a farce.
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