Letter from the President
We live in strange times. There seems to be crises in all our major
institutions—Wall Street, housing and mortgage lending, health care, the
supply of energy, academia, and journalism. This crisis pervades our
entire culture. If you have any doubt about that, just look at the kinds
of movies that come out of Hollywood. What is happening to America? What
is left of the American dream?
At King’s, we don’t just try to respond to crisis by simply calling
for improvement or by trying to make marginal changes on the surface
level. We have a different way in mind to fix our failing institutions.
We don’t just want to document the problem; we want to help solve the
problem. We aren’t satisfied with improvements on the margin; we want to
help transform through society’s core institutions. We are here to make
The King’s College is quickly becoming one of the finest Christian
liberal arts colleges in America. Not only do we aim to educate our
students with “the best that is being thought and said,” if I can borrow
a phrase from Matthew Arnold. We prepare our students for careers where
they will help shape and lead the culture-making institutions of our
That’s one reason why we’re located in New York City, the capital of
the world. Major political, economic, and cultural decisions that shape
our society are made right here. It is necessary to be in the capital of
the world in order to understand the world, and only when we understand
the world can we change it. That’s what we’re about at King’s: changing
Everything we do is shaped around this vision. Take our academic
programs, for instance. The core of a King’s education centers on
politics, philosophy and economics. Some people may wonder why we focus
on PP&E. Politics is about who is in charge and for what purposes.
Economics is about how we eat, survive, and prosper. Philosophy is about
the what and the why: what is truth, what is justice, why is there a
universe, what is happiness, what is the purpose of life? These are
practical questions, and by figuring them out, students are better
prepared not only to have successful careers but also to live full,
happy, and meaningful lives.
At King’s, we pursue academic excellence for the sake of building
God’s kingdom as an unapologetically Christian college. That doesn’t
mean we try to win arguments solely by citing passages from the Bible.
Rather, we are Christians who recognize that we live in secular society
and who understand that reason is not opposed to revelation—that reason
is a valuable tool to discover and affirm the truths of God and
creation. Moreover, we believe that the Bible isn’t merely about the
next world, but that it has important things to say about economics,
about war and peace, about ethics, and about human nature.
King’s is a new kind of Christian school. We don’t want to be of the
world, but we do want to be in the world, influencing through the
institutions that shape the world. While other Christian institutions
shelter their students from the power centers of society, we prepare
them to take their rightful place. While other colleges seek to protect
and shelter faith, we go beyond that and teach students how to live from
a Christian foundation in the ‘language’ of society’s strategic
institutions. Not only can we defend our faith, but our faith informs
every aspect of life and society.
All my best,
President, The King’s College