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The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
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Jan 30, 2011

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Read from January 23 to 30, 2011

My main issue with Roose's mission is that he makes a common mistake of modern journalism - in an effort to be fair-minded and to not offend anyone, he does not take a stand on anything. He comes across as someone who lacks strong beliefs - for example, being able to sit through classes on pseudoscience and listening to hate-filled rants are mitigated by the openness and friendliness of the student body. There is a reason that people are so open and friendly - they drank the Kool Aid and now they have no reason (in fact they are discouraged from) questioning or developing an intellectual life. Which I thought was the purpose of a college education.

It would be like attending a radical muslim school that preached death to infidels and encouraged suicide bombing, and ended with the conclusion that "it wasn't so bad, the people were nice, I made some good friends". Roose tries to address this conflict, but in the end he seems to be more concerned with selling books than taking a stand.

That being said, The Unlikely Disciple is an engaging read and does a good job of showing what life is like at Liberty U.

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