God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America
Since 2000, America’s most ambitious young evangelicals have been making their way to Patrick Henry College, a small Christian school just outside the nation’s capital. Most of them are homeschoolers whose idealism and discipline put the average American teenager to shame. And God’s Harvard grooms these students to be the elite of tomorrow, dispatching them to the front li...more
Prior to reading this book, I was aware of the growing evangelical movement; however, if was interesting to learn about ...more
Rosin's diatribe on the recently founded Patrick Henry college unfortunately alienated me even in the introduction, where home education is described as "a relic of the age of separatism and retreat." I nevertheless attempted to suspend my judgment until I had read the thing cover to cover.
Having done so, I will emp ...more
Maybe it's the subtly implied inferiority of many people and their beliefs or values. The book does a very good job examining the politics of conservative evangelical Republican-Christianity, and how the politics are often built in to the culture itself. I know--I didn't go to Patrick Henry Coll ...more
For those that think PHC is a failed attempt, are probably being a bit myopic. There are obvious struggles early on but it seems to be more of growing pains than anything else.
It's obvious that there are clear problems at the core of PHC's mission but you can't help but sympathi ...more
The author, Hanna Rosin, seems to have been ...more
Rosin does not hide her skepticism of PHC, and while she duly notes her biased nature, I found the book to lack the facts and startling statistics that makes PHC different from other distinctly Christian colleges. The fact that PHC i ...more
I found this book to be very informative and in some ways entertaining -- but really, a little bit depressing. I am a conservative myself, but I can't quite countenance the extreme idea(l)s driven into the student's every cell. The intention of the founder seems to me to ...more
Rosin is Jewish and was born in Israel. For the most part, I think her own ...more
This was the first selection in the book club I recently joined at my UU congregation. I was hoping I would enjoy this as much as The Unlikely Disciple. It didn't come close. In fact, I initially gave it three stars, but now that I have digested it a bit, I took away another star.
First, the content. The subject matter scared the living hell out of me. The type of backward thinking exhibited by those described here will do serious damage to the righ ...more
She's at her best when she profiles individuals and she makes the solid choice to settle on a select few to follow through the sch ...more
Basically, I grabbed this because its about a school located very close to my parents' house. I'd never heard of it, and the title was interesting.
I thought it was FASCINATING. Rather like the movie Jesus Camp in that it revealed Christian ...more
I couldn't remember it well enough to give a review, I just remember getting ticked at the author. While I don't trust my own words, then,I do trust Michael Zeller. For those Gen Jers who are familiar with him, this is what he said about the book:
God's Harvard is little more than a poorly researched op-ed on modern evangelical cul ...more
Written more like a multi-part "Style" or "Religion" article in a newspaper, the book just skims the surfaces of several important & interesting things: homeschooling & secondary education for homeschool graduates; the inter-twining of religion and politics; the clash within PHC's moral stru ...more