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Hillsdale Lecture: Man, Sex, God, and Yale

by Chad Hills

Scripture reminds us:

Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” [NIV, 1984]

Romans 12: 9,21“(9)Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good…. (21)Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” [NIV, 1984]


Hillsdale College features an interesting lecture by Nathan Harden, author of the book, “Man, Sex, God, and Yale,” in their January 2013 Impirmis, Hillsdale’s monthly speech digest. This lecture discusses how culture and many of our universities have become adherents of moral relativism and chief indoctrinators of sexual promiscuity, among several other troubling claims. Vice is being taught as “virtue,” while truth and real virtue are mocked. Evil is called good, while good is called evil …

A few notable clips from Harden’s lecture:

Liberal bias at American colleges and universities is something we hear a lot about today….

[Quoting William Buckley] I myself believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world. I further believe that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level….

My book—which I entitled Sex and God at Yale—shows that Yale’s liberals are still actively working to refashion American politics and culture. But the devil is in the details …

There is clearly a radical sexual agenda at work at Yale today. Professors and administrators who came of age during the sexual revolution are busily indoctrinating students into a culture of promiscuity. In fact, Yale pioneered the hosting of a campus “Sex Week”—a festival of sleaze, porn, and debauchery, dressed up as sex education….

And again, these things happened with the full knowledge and approval of Yale’s senior administrators….

Indeed, Yale administrators have taken their allegiance to cultural relativism …

Yale has educated three of the last four presidents, and two of the last three justices appointed to the Supreme Court.What kind of leaders will it [Yale] be supplying in ten years, given its current direction?

Unfortunately, what’s happening at Yale is indicative of what is occurring at colleges and universities across the country….

… Here in the U.S., we take our liberty far too much for granted. To the extent that Yale and schools like it succeed in producing leaders who subscribe to the ideology of moral relativism … we will likely be disabused of this false sense of security all too soon.

 Read the full article …

Imprimis (Hillsdale College), January 2013 - Printable PDF 

“Man, Sex, God, and Yale”

Lecture by Nathan Harden
Editor, The College Fix


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002714163856 Cassie Smith

    I can definitely relate to this trend, having recently graduated from a public university in Canada where sexual experimentation was valued more than intellectual pursuits. Judging from the poor academic caliber of the teaching, and the radical liberal views spouted by most of the professors, the leaders at this institution were hand-picked for their ability to indoctrinate university students in worldly (and sometimes evil) pursuits, rather than in academic excellence. Sadly, I chose to attend a public university for my graduate degree; coming from a private Christian university, I felt that the public university “education” that I received was unbelievably shoddy and worthless in comparison.

  • ChadHills

    Thanks for your comment, Cassie. It’s great to hear from those who are in college or from those who have graduated – very similar experiences to what Nathan Harden described at Yale. I, too, experienced a similar scenario at a secular university with very liberal teachings concerning sexuality.

    It sure gives parents pause, as they consider which universities will provide their children with the best education without corrupting them in the process! Blessings, and thanks for commenting on CitizenLink.com! -Chad

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