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    Christian college student body president comes out as an atheist

    Christian college student body president comes out as an atheist

    Eric Fromm decided to attend Northwest Christian University almost in spite of its faith-based mission. He liked the school's small class sizes and communications program, but was already struggling with his faith when he enrolled. And though he was well-regarded enough to be elected student body president, confessing his doubts to other students revealed their discomfort, with some even making fun of him. That only steeled his resolve to declare his atheism in the school's on-line newspaper, even as he expected more criticism. But instead there has been an outpouring of support, though he still gets the "Why are you here?" questions. But not from university vice president MIchael Fuller. I want students like Eric here students who are looking to explore their faith and willing to look hard and make their faith their own, he said. [Source]


    I would be very interested in your thoughts about this......


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    During his sophomore year, Fromm confided in a few friends about his atheism and while some were supportive, others began to treat him differently. "Sometimes they would verbally attack me, sometimes they would give me the cold shoulder, and sometimes they just gave me dirty looks. I find it ironic that some NCU students will talk about how they were ridiculed in high school because for their faith, but now, when the roles are reversed, they are doing the very things that hurt them. Matthew 7:5, right?" Fromm said, referring to the Biblical verse about not judging others.
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    I believe that any religious university must always remain faithful to their belief but it should also be open to anyone who does not share those beliefs.

    In regards to Christianity, spreading the Word of the Gospel is one of its key tenants so I see nothing wrong with someone declaring themselves to be an atheist. I do have an issue with someone serving in student politics of the university who does not share the universities goals however so he should step down as that position should be in line with the school's overall doctrine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    Christian college student body president comes out as an atheist

    Eric Fromm decided to attend Northwest Christian University almost in spite of its faith-based mission. He liked the school's small class sizes and communications program, but was already struggling with his faith when he enrolled. And though he was well-regarded enough to be elected student body president, confessing his doubts to other students revealed their discomfort, with some even making fun of him. That only steeled his resolve to declare his atheism in the school's on-line newspaper, even as he expected more criticism. But instead there has been an outpouring of support, though he still gets the "Why are you here?" questions. But not from university vice president MIchael Fuller. “I want students like Eric here … students who are looking to explore their faith and willing to look hard and make their faith their own,” he said. [Source]


    I would be very interested in your thoughts about this......

    I simply can't imagine why it would be interesting. *shrug*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I simply can't imagine why it would be interesting. *shrug*
    Don't sell your thoughts short.

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    Don't sell your thoughts short.
    He's a liberal, he has no original thoughts other than what MSNBC tells him to think.

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