Monday, January 2, 2017
Keeping Faith in Provo
What is education? What is the purpose of education? Brigham Young taught that education is "the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life."
Is there such a thing as Christian education? A Christian university? What is the purpose of a Christian university?
The University that bears the name of Brigham Young (wiki) is the academic descendent of the school of the prophets. What were the schools of the prophets? What was the school of the prophets that Brigham Young's predecessor, Joseph Smith, organized?
The mission of Brigham Young University is to offer a "new kind of education" for Zion. As the academic descendent of the school of the prophets, Brigham Young University has a unique and specific mission.
On October 10, 1975, Spencer W. Kimball reviewed and reaffirmed the mission of Brigham Young University during the centennial celebration of its founding. More than a decade later, Jeffrey R. Holland, then president of Brigham Young University, reassessed the purpose of this "school in Zion."
More recently, in his article Keeping Faith in Provo, Ralph Hancock, professor of political science, inquired whether or not the concerns of Spencer W. Kimball and Jeffrey R. Holland, are still relevant to the mission of Brigham Young University. The answer to this question is ostensibly "yes." But is Brigham Young University immune from mission drift? If not, what is to be done? These are good questions.