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The Statue of Three Lies

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BlogImage: 2009April07The battle for America is being fought on two fronts: In the courts and the universities. If these two institutions remain in the hands of liberals, reversing anti-Christian trends will take decades longer. The universities feed the law schools, the law schools corrupt the minds of impressionable law students, and the courts maintain the status quo. Our colonial founders understood that the garden of the nation grows from the seeds that are planted in its schools.

Harvard University was founded with one instructor and nine students with the goal to establish a school to train Christian ministers. The school was named after John Harvard (1607-1638), a clergyman from Charlestown, Massachusetts, who left his library and half his estate to the fledgling institution. The statue of John Harvard that sits outside University Hall in Harvard Yard states that he founded the institution in 1638. He was not the founder and Harvard was founded two years earlier in 1636. In fact, since there was no official likeness of Harvard, the depiction is of someone else. Some say it was a student; others claim it was the third president of Harvard. This is why the statue is known as "The Statue of Three Lies." The statue stands as a testimony to so many additional lies that have come out of our nation's schools that are destroying the moral integrity of America.

In accordance with its original vision, Harvard adopted a set of "Rules and Precepts" in 1646 that stated the following (spelling has been modernized): "Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only gives wisdom, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Prov. 2:3)."

In 1692, Harvard adopted the motto Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae-"Truth for Christ and the Church." The phrase was embedded on a shield and can be found on many buildings around the Harvard campus and various dorms in Harvard Yard.
The books on the shield represent revelation and reason. The top two books that are shown face-up represent the Word of God revealed to us in the Old and New Testaments. The book on the bottom of the shield, which faces down, symbolizes the limits of reason and the need for God's revelation.

A second and earlier (1650) Harvard motto carried the Latin phrase, In Christi Gloriam, "For the Glory of Christ." Samuel Eliot Morison, in his history of Harvard, writes, "Like the Medieval schoolmen, [the founders] believed that all knowledge without Christ was vain. Veritas to them . . . meant the divine truth." If it were only true today.

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