Being conservative and Christian on campus

While there are social conservatives who are not religiously affiliated, many of us are.   For those of us who are Christians, faith in Jesus Christ and his message shapes our convictions and is fundamental to who we are.  That is why I was pleased and encouraged to find a vibrant Christian community when I arrived at Princeton University.  I joined and have remained active in the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, which has been a Christian ministry on Princeton’s campus for over 75 years.

My involvement with PEF (as we call it) has been a great blessing in my life.  Its strong theological witness and commitment to Christian faith and the biblical worldview has helped me to grow in my spiritual life, to develop close ties with other Christians, and to strengthen my commitment to Christ.  PEF is actually like a family that supports and ministers to students in their spiritual and moral lives and shows them what it means to live in obedience to Christ.

Reactions to my membership in an Evangelical Christian fellowship have been mixed.  I’ve sometimes encountered the unfriendly question: “You’re a Christian?  How can you believe that?”  What this is, of course, is a prime opportunity to explain to a skeptic why I believe what I believe.  More often, my openly Christian faith is simply accepted without comment.  At Princeton there is such a thriving Christian community, with numerous and strong Evangelical fellowships and a flourishing Catholic ministry, that it is hardly strange to find someone who is involved with one.  The truth is that we are blessed at Princeton to have a thriving religious life in general on campus, with active Jewish, Muslim, and Mormon communities in addition to the Catholic and Protestant ministries.  I have not generally found there to be hostile or malicious attention paid to Christians, though there are times when Christian beliefs are ridiculed, which I will address in a moment.  By and large, unbelieving students have no problem interacting with students who are religious, and will treat them with civility and respect.

There are times, however, when Christianity, and religious beliefs in general, do come under attack.  When conversations about religious doctrine come up, some people will try to shut them down with the claim that such conversations are nothing but pretexts for attempts at conversion.  Other times, and this actually happens quite often, people will demand that students “keep religion out of it” and automatically discount any argument that has a basis in religious faith.  “You need faith to believe such things,” they say, and “faith-based arguments are no arguments at all.”  The funny thing is, of course, that every argument requires a certain kind of faith; everyone relies on faith at some level.  The faith could be placed in God, or the Bible, or another religious text, but it can also be placed in science, in the self, in the senses, in reason, and so on.  The demand to use “only empirically verifiable data” is a claim to faith in the ultimate measurability and sensibility of the physical world—and that the physical world is all that there is to reality.  (It is also a self-refuting claim, since it cannot itself be empirically verified!)  Of course empirical analysis has an important part to play in finding reasons for beliefs, but it should be recognized that it requires just as much faith as a well-grounded religious belief.

Some things that we, as Christians, believe to be revealed as true are at the same time knowable even apart from special revelation.   Some propositions that can be defended on theological grounds can also be shown to be true via historical, sociological, scientific, and philosophical investigation and argument.  The social conservative movement at Princeton has flourished because students have learned to complement and support theological arguments with arguments drawn from other intellectual disciplines.

At Princeton, the social conservative movement is truly ecumenical.  Most (though not all) members are active in religious communities.  However, a wide variety of faiths are represented in our ranks.  Early on, the movement was mainly Catholic, but in recent years the number of Evangelicals involved in the pro-life and pro-family causes on campus has risen dramatically.  We also have members who belong to the Eastern Orthodox and Mormon faiths.  There have always been a number of Jewish social conservatives at Princeton and recently some Muslim students have become involved.  All of us recognize that although we differ on important theological points, we can nevertheless come together to advance our shared beliefs in the sanctity of human life and the dignity of marriage and the family.  Across the historic lines of religion division, we realize that there are profound reasons, accessible to all, for honoring human life in all stages and conditions, and in promoting a vision of sexuality that does justice to the dignity of the human person.

For social conservatives, there are always challenges to be faced on a university campus.  And for faithful Christians and other religious students, there are some particular challenges.  We are minority (though not a small one at Princeton), and we have only a handful of faculty supporters.  Still, we are flourishing at Princeton.  Even many students and faculty who do not share our views have paid tribute to the depth of our commitment to rational discourse and the free and civil engagement of ideas.  The time when a socially conservative student at Princeton would feel it necessary to hide his or her views is long past.  It is more than possible for openly pro-life and pro-family students to thrive at Princeton.  If you need evidence, just consider these facts:  In the past two years, Princeton has produced four American Rhodes Scholars:  three have been outspoken social conservatives.  So are many winners of Princeton’s highest honors and accolades.  Princeton is a great place to be a social conservative—even a Christian one.

Jonathan Hwang is a senior at Princeton University, and is majoring in Politics with a certificate in Political Theory.  He is President of the Anscombe Society, Communications Chair of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, and a Junior Fellow with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.  More information can be found about the Anscombe Society at www.princeton.edu/~anscombe, and about the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship at www.princeton.edu/~pef.

How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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