Great Falling Away
I have been working on a new course for Jacksonville College this summer. The course is Philosophy of Religion. What is philosophy? Why study philosophy?
The word philosophy comes from two Greek words: phileo, “to love,” and sophia, “wisdom.” Thus, philosophy is the love of wisdom. Philosophy is a course that is designed to encourage a student to think about the difficult questions of life.
Why study Philosophy?
Philosophy plays a role in the proclamation of a Christian worldview. The first universities in our country included philosophy in their course offering. They felt philosophy to be important to the university. Jacksonville College operates out of a Christ-centered philosophy that begins with the belief that all truth comes God. The mission of Jacksonville College is to provide a quality education from a biblical worldview that challenges minds, transforms lives, and equips students for servant leadership and lifelong learning.
Philosophy aids in the task of apologetics. Apologetics is defending your faith. According to 1 Peter 3:15, every Christian should “. . . be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” We need to know how to communicate our faith to others in a culture that is increasingly antagonistic to the Christian faith.
Philosophy asks the basic questions of life. What is real? What is true? Why are we here? Does God exist? Why does evil exist? What is the difference in determinism and free will? Is there an eternity?
According to statistics, 70% of professing Christian youth who go to college end up leaving their faith during their first year on campus. If they attend a secular college, they will find that 72% of the faculty describe themselves as politically liberal, 25% are professing atheists or agnostics, and 51% describe the Bible as “an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts” (www.coldcasechristianity.com).
Jacksonville College is the only two-year faith-based college left in Texas. Why send your youth to a college where their faith will be ridiculed and challenged? Send them to Jacksonville College. At Jacksonville College, all the required core curriculum classes are fully accredited and transferable to other colleges and universities. Moreover, classes are taught from a biblical worldview. The Bible is clear that in the last days, “. . . many will turn from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people” (Matthew 24:10-11).
Jacksonville College is needed today more than any other time in history, and we need your help. We need your prayers. We need your financial support. Fall classes will soon begin. Encourage any prospective college student whom you know to contact our Admissions Office at (903) 589-7110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask you and your church to give a special financial gift to help us make needed facility repairs in order for us to be ready for these students.
New JC Recruiter
Jacksonville College welcomes JC graduate Judson Frazier as the College’s new recruiter. The son of Wayne and Jennifer Frazier, Judson enjoyed being home schooled with his nine siblings. Like his father, who serves as pastor of Montalba Baptist Church, Judson surrendered to preach. He chose to attend Jacksonville College because he wanted to further his education in a Christian environment.
As a student at Jacksonville College, Judson was well loved by students and faculty. He played the guitar and sang in the JC praise band, and he served as president of the B.J. Albritton Ministerial Alliance. He was also a member of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society. Judson was crowned Homecoming King 2018, and at the annual Awards Evening in the spring, he received multiple awards. He was voted the recipient of the Curtis Carroll Award by the JC faculty; and he was voted Mr. Sophomore Class Favorite, Mr. School Spirit, and Mr. Jacksonville College by the student body.
Judson is recently engaged to JC alumna Amanda Johnson, daughter of BMA missionaries to Mexico, Grady and Denise Johnson. Judson loves to talk about Jesus, and he frequently preaches in area churches. He is thankful for the opportunity to return to Jacksonville College as a recruiter because he believes in the mission and ministry of the College.