How does The King’s College differ from other
Three things. First, The King’s College has planted itself in the center of
Manhattan. Secondly, The King’s College views Christian faith as consistent with
rigorous and demanding intellectual inquiry. Finally, The King’s College focuses
on engaging mainstream culture and the nation’s key institutions.
The King’s College has planted itself in the center of Manhattan. Almost all
of the significant Christian colleges in the United States on the Protestant
side of the Christian spectrum are in small towns, the countryside, or the
suburbs. Many important Catholic colleges and universities are in cities. The
King’s College is non-denominational, but its roots are in the Protestant
evangelical tradition, and we are probably alone among colleges in this
tradition in our embrace of the city. We are not just physically in a city: we
embrace the idea of the City as the place where civilization takes shape. And
having chosen to embrace the idea of the City, we chose to build The King’s
College in the economic and social heart of America’s greatest city.
The King’s College views Christian faith as consistent with rigorous and
demanding intellectual inquiry. Generally, Christian colleges are not thought of
as belonging to the first tier of college and universities in the United States.
The most demanding colleges, the ones with the well-earned reputations for the
best teachers, the best courses, and the best programs are, without exception,
secular. The Ivy League and the top liberal arts colleges are all secular.
Though most do not reach this rank, some Christian colleges have very good
academic programs. We don’t set ourselves above the best Christian colleges. But
we do recognize that Christians in the United States have too often settled for
second best. The King’s College offers a clear choice: a Christian education
that makes no compromises in intellectual quality. We want our graduates to
compete with the best graduates of the best secular colleges and universities.
This will take time. The tradition of tough-minded commitment to demanding
intellectual standards has waned within American Christianity. We are part of
the vanguard that aims to restore that tradition.
The King’s College focuses on engaging mainstream culture and the nation’s
key institutions. Many contemporary Christians are content to live within their
own communities—the Christian bubble. And many Christian colleges accede to this
to by preparing students for life within the precincts of established
Christianity. The King’s College has a different approach. We want to engage the
secular world as well as adherents of other faiths. We expect our graduates to
enter the mainstream of American society—and change it for the better.