Cedarville University - Comments and Student Experiences|
However, I would not go back there, and I would recommend prospective Bible/theology or philosophy students do the same. In the year after I left, some of the Trustees decided the university was getting too liberal (it was still quite conservative, and I say that as a theological conservative), and they began making sweeping changes. Replaced administration, Student Life employees, issued gag orders to prevent them from being honest about why they were no longer employed, and ran off all the good philosophy and theology professors. It was a massacre.
That sort of agenda is utterly stifling for honest Christian theology or philosophy, and Cedarville is no longer a place where students can learn to think deeply about their faith. Instead, they will learn to recite Southern Baptist doctrine as though it were the unchallengeable apex of Christian theology, faith, and science. There are still good programs (nursing and engineering, for example), but the new administration has made the whole university a toxic environment, silencing any dialogue opposition through behind-the-scenes coercion (such as threatening of tenure, etc.). Seriously, just go to Wheaton or Calvin.As one who grew up Southern Baptist: the Southern Baptist leaders who have practiced this systematic policy of severance and oppression within the Body of Christ will stand before Christ in the Day of Atonement and have to answer for what they have done.