Message from the President

Embracing Faith and Science

Often, in this space, I try to convey to you the unique aspects of George Fox University that make it such a special place. Rather than provide my own views this time I thought you might like to hear the thoughts of Dr. Tim Schroeder, a pastor in Kelowna, British Columbia, and a parent of a 2010 graduate. I too am a father of a George Fox student and these words encapsulate what I hope my son will receive from a George Fox University education. Dr. Schroeder graciously allowed me to share excerpts with you.

The selection of a university, made jointly by parents and their young adult children, is unquestionably one of the most impactful decisions they make together. Students enter university at a critical stage of formation and exit with the choice they made having significant impact on their future. The choice for Christian parents and students adds complexity due to the goal that a quality and recognized education be achieved simultaneous with the development of deeply held Christian values.

This letter is written to express our gratitude that in the life of our son, Travis Schroeder, that goal was not only met, but exceeded. Particular credit needs to be given to the science faculty. It may seem unusual to connect the dots between scientific integrity and spiritual growth because often the influence of science is portrayed as moving students in the opposite direction. However, the department of science at George Fox was able to embrace the highest level of scientific and academic honesty while simultaneously embracing the highest level of faith. They masterfully exemplify the goal Elton Trueblood describes of possessing a faith that meets the tests of intellectual validity and social relevance. To see one’s son emerge with a keen mind, high level of scientific training AND an unshakable faith is every Christian parent’s dream.

I commend you and the George Fox science faculty for an ability to navigate and accomplish a goal of such complexity.

God bless you as you continue to build a school with high academic standards and high kingdom impact.

I very much appreciate Dr. Schroeder’s words as well as the outstanding work of our faculty and staff in every field who do so much to create an environment where students can receive this type of transformational experience. We are blessed indeed.

Robin Baker
President


Where I’m going:

What I'm Reading:

The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the MIddle East, Africa, and Asia – and How It Died,
Philip Jenkins

The Lost History of Christianity

I have read Jenkins’ work on global Christianity, and his historical analysis rarely disappoints. In this book, Jenkins argues that many of us have ignored a significant part of church history by failing to understand the impact of the church outside of Western Europe. Too often, historians and others assume that the Christian church died out quickly in the Middle East and that it developed primarily in Europe. Jenkins suggests that the church outside of Europe was strong and influential into the Middle Ages. He suggests that a study of the diversity of the church outside Europe can help us better understand the variety of orthodox responses to the Scripture and message of Jesus.

The Feeling Intellect Reading the Bible with C. S. Lewis, Roger J. Newell

The Feeling Intellect

Roger serves in our religion department and has written a very fine work providing insight into C. S. Lewis’ understanding of Scripture. Roger’s work is engaging, and in addition to a unique look into the life of Lewis, he provides the reader a window into his own soul. The book was simply excellent and served as a devotional work for me.