By Abraham H. Miller, Originally posted in The American Spectator
Universities pride themselves on their commitment to diversity. Diversity in reality is a mere shibboleth. Universities prefer their campuses to look like a Benetton advertisement of a previous era, but there is no commitment to intellectual diversity. If there were, the likelihood of finding a Christian on a liberal arts faculty would not be near zero.
It was not always this way, especially in the field of political theory. Scholars once were unhesitant to judge political systems and ideologies in terms of their ability to embody and disseminate the values of our Judeo-Christian heritage.
A Christian scholar would not hesitate to condemn Marxism for its atheism, and in so doing discuss the importance of the integrative value of religion to a sociopolitical system or the emergence of democracy from a unique form of tolerant American Protestantism.
In contrast to the absurd idea that all cultures are equal, Christian scholars would argue that some cultures are obviously superior to others, and a culture grounded in the values of the Judeo-Christian ethic and the rule of law is superior to one that is not.
Beyond that, Christians believe that there is evil in the world, and sometimes amid the convoluted and hackneyed academic clichés that purport to explain violence, it would be reality affirming to be reminded that evil exists.
In the wake of the blood spilled in the streets of Paris, these academic clichés are once again being propagated. In the liberal university, human behavior is explained as largely a response to social forces. Individual responsibility is not part of the equation. Moral judgments are absent.