The article in the April 8 edition of the Messenger is a series of interviews with students calling themselves agnostics and atheists, and they, of all people, shockingly reveal the stagnancy of our campus faith. When asked if he encountered friction for his agnosticism, Tom Loome 05 said, [No], students with traditional religious beliefs have some of the most looked-down-upon views at this Christian college.
The article quotes Pastor Benson as saying, [St. Olaf] is not interested in exchanging its religious affiliation for a secular one when in reality the students have already sold the college over to spiritual mediocrity.
Average Joe-Ole is religious and comes from a religious tradition, but it seems to stop there. We have become a spiritual campus, spiritually worshiping who knows what.
Im calling a St. Olaf Christian someone who will ditch a distant, relativistic God and instead risk being one of the few students with traditional religious beliefs, students who know and experience Gods joy.
Like feminists reclaiming the word cunt, Im reclaiming the word Christian on this campus. I agree with Pastor Benson that we need a discussion, but I implore the Christians to know and experience what they are going to talk about before they go to the table. I will claim that Jesus heals emotionally and Gods wisdom works practically shouldnt all of us seek this joy?
But for now, postmodern philosopher from Stanford University Richard Rorty hits the nail on the head: Maybe liberal theologians will eventually produce a version of Christianity so wishy-washy that nobody will be interested in being a Christian anymore. Im still interested: how about you?