Getting a Christian Education at UCSC

I was thinking today how easy it is to be a Christian at one of the country’s most liberal universities, the University of California at Santa Cruz.  For starters, I think there must be some kind of rule that prevents the professors from speaking badly about any religion, including Christianity.  I have never heard an instructor make a negative comment about Christianity in a lecture.  In class discussions,  students might blame all the ills of the world on Christians but never the teachers.

It’s actually pretty easy to get a good Christian education if you choose your major carefully.  If you choose Evolutionary Biology or Feminist Studies, you will run into trouble for sure but if you major in European History,  you will find numerous opportunities to write papers on various Saints and episodes from church history.  I’ve written papers on Saints Boris and Gleb,  church mosaics in Ravenna,  the Old Believers of Russia,  and the monks of Lindisfarne.  I once gave a power point presentation about a local Russian parish, complete with icons.  These papers and presentations were all well received, I’m happy to report.  This quarter I’m taking courses on Russian history,  Russian literature,   the Italian Renaissance and Latin America.   All four classes offer good possibilities for Christian-oriented research papers.

Another advantage to attending a New Agey sort of college is the vegan menus at the dining halls which makes keeping the fasts a breeze.   Today I had some vegan pizza and a vegan cookie plus a bowl of veggies.   There is always a vegan entree plus side dishes, soy milk, and all the fruit and veggies you can eat.  No excuses, Xenia!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. debd
    Apr 15, 2008 @ 10:27:50

    I wish I could have sat in on some of your presentations, I love that stuff too.

  2. tiro
    Apr 16, 2008 @ 02:51:23

    You are Sparrow from CARM right. Thought I might give you a heads up on a really nice growing Christian Forum at

  3. Xenia
    Apr 16, 2008 @ 04:51:06

    HI tiro, I’ve visited there and I agree, they are nice folks. Good to see you!

  4. Juvenaly
    Feb 02, 2009 @ 07:14:11

    Umm.. I might need to transfer to a different college then. I am at Fresno City College.. I have an angry atheist Western Civ teacher, a rabid socialist US History teacher, and a depressed “middle of the road” American Gov’t professor. i guess that’s what I get with a history major. All the nutjobs in one semester. Yay public community college education!

  5. Debbie Z
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 23:56:17

    Vegan food, yes!

    Do you still want to get together for coffee, or are you miffed at me about my vegetarian soapbox speech? lol I do have a couple comments about your response, but I’ll tell you about them when we get together. If we get together that is. I’m finding out that my sense of humor isn’t coming across very well through FB!

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