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The 10 Most Conservative Presbyterian Colleges in America

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:36 PM

The Presbyterian Church in the United States — as opposed to its more conservative grandparent in Scotland — is both mainstream and midstream, tending towards the liberal, but in more of a neoliberal way.

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The Christian colleges associated, historically or presently, with the Presbyterian Church in America likewise tend towards liberalism. Some of them don't even mention their church roots in their promotional materials, though they are listed in the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

The 10 listed below will provide a comfortable nest for Presbyterians who prefer their religion more as a main course than a garnish. Almost all of them, except for Montreat College, are socially and, to a lesser extent, politically liberal.

Montreat College, Montreat, North Carolina
Montreat is the only college on this list to make a doctrinal statement, which is, "We believe that Scripture is the inspired, authoritative, and completely truthful Word of God, and should govern the conduct of Christians in every aspect of their lives.”

Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi
Belhaven University is assertively religious, promising to prepare "students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas." The school "affirms the Lordship of Christ over all aspects of life" and "acknowledges the Bible as the foundational authority for the development of a personal worldview."

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Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania

Grove City was founded in 1876 to serve "families of modest means, who desire a college that will strengthen their children's spiritual and moral character,” according to the website. Attendance at chapel is mandatory for students enrolled for more than a certain minimum of units, with the level of compulsion broken into two tiers according to academic workload.

Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
Waynesburg proclaims that its faculty embraces "the values and perspectives of the Christian faith," which does not necessarily mean that they are active or actual Christians. Its mission is to prepare students for "lives of Christian service."

University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa
This school in Iowa claims that it models the “lifestyle of a functional Christian community.” According to its mission statement, by "utilizing the resources at its disposal, the University will encourage all students to examine the moral and theological components of one’s life."

College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri
College of the Ozarks promises "to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic" by setting itself "Academic, Vocational, Christian, Patriotic and Cultural goals."

Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia
Not a particularly bold doctrinal statement, it at least mentions the school's churchly origin: "As an affiliate of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and covenant partner with the Presbytery of West Virginia, the College affirms as special values: human dignity, social responsibility, participatory governance, and the unity of the intellectual, social, and spiritual dimensions of life."

Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina

This college promises to develop the student's "mental, physical, moral, and spiritual capacities" within" the framework of Christian faith."

Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska
According to the school’s website, Hastings College helps students learn and live in a setting that encourages them “to understand the role of faith in a higher purpose and a commitment to God in their lives; as a community, we respect the role of the church in the College’s heritage, and we remain committed to our affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)."

Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington
Whitworth will put its students through a course of "rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars, hoping to graduate alumni who will "honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity."

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