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!

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The Year’s First Seeds Planted

I’m probably going to spend a lot of time on this blog talking about my last quarter at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  I’ve waited my whole life to return to college and now it’s nearly over!  (College is nearly over, not my life.)

But now it’s spring break and the weather is lovely. Me and the pup have been gardening.  We pulled weeds and planted some chard.  The seeds came from Renee’s Garden in Felton.