God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America

God s Harvard A Christian College on a Mission to Save America Since America s most ambitious young evangelicals have been making their way to Patrick Henry College a small Christian school just outside the nation s capital Most of them are homes schoolers

Since 2000, America s most ambitious young evangelicals have been making their way to Patrick Henry College, a small Christian school just outside the nation s capital Most of them are homes schoolers whose idealism and discipline put the average American teenager to shame And God s Harvard grooms these students to be the elite of tomorrow, dispatching them to the frontSince 2000, America s most ambitious young evangelicals have been making their way to Patrick Henry College, a small Christian school just outside the nation s capital Most of them are homes schoolers whose idealism and discipline put the average American teenager to shame And God s Harvard grooms these students to be the elite of tomorrow, dispatching them to the front lines of politics, entertainment, and science, to wage the battle to take back a godless nation Hanna Rosin spent a year and a half embedded at the college, following the students from the campus to the White House, Congress, conservative think tanks, Hollywood, and other centers of influence Her account captures this nerve center of the evangelical movement at a moment of maximum influence and also of crisis, as it struggles to avoid the temptations of modern life and still remake the world in its own image.

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  1. Hanna Rosin was born in Israel and grew up in Queens, where her father was a taxi driver She graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1987, where she won a number of competitions on the debate team with her partner David Coleman She attended Stanford University, and is married to Slate editor David Plotz they live in Washington, D.C with their three children.

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  1. Horrid, biased book Now let me point something out right off the bat I definitely could not teach at Patrick Henry College, and I wouldn t exactly be thrilled to send my kids there I m a moderate in a lot of ways, including politically It s not that I don t have opinions, on the contrary, I have very strong opinions I just don t fit neatly enough into either left or right to feel comfortable among ideologues of either stripe On the other hand, I am a Christian and a stay at home mother who plans [...]

  2. It s not that Hanna Rosin isn t a good writer And it s not that the book is full of caricatures And it s not that it s not completely fascinating But there s something, something, that s off about it Maybe it s the subtly implied inferiority of many people and their beliefs or values The book does a very good job examining the politics of conservative evangelical Republican Christianity, and how the politics are often built in to the culture itself I know I didn t go to Patrick Henry College, bu [...]

  3. The author of this book spent a year and a half in Patrick Henry College, a Christian college designed to create a new generation of evangelist politicians Her in depth reporting includes the creation of the college, portraits of the college s founder, professors, and students The main reason I give this book 4 stars is for the solid and well rounded exploration of this topic.Prior to reading this book, I was aware of the growing evangelical movement however, if was interesting to learn about th [...]

  4. This book was a well written account by a reporter who spent a year and a half embedded at Patrick Henry College Many of her observations are what you would expect from an unbeliever, observing Christians as though they belong to some strange tribe out of National Geographic, with the potential of doing grave danger if not kept in their place However, many of her jabs do correctly expose the shallowness and silliness of the evangelical subculture.The author, Hanna Rosin, seems to have been extre [...]

  5. Since I could essentially write an entire thesis inspired by this book, I will attempt to keep my comments brief for the sake of this review, but I apologize in advance for verbosity.Rosin s diatribe on the recently founded Patrick Henry college unfortunately alienated me even in the introduction, where home education is described as a relic of the age of separatism and retreat I nevertheless attempted to suspend my judgment until I had read the thing cover to cover.Having done so, I will emphat [...]

  6. My thought while reading was how well Hanna Rosin conveyed a positive image of the students at PHC While fundamentally unable to share their religious views, she found them to be intelligent, hardworking, likable and admirable in other ways Likewise she was sympathetic to Ferris and PHC faculty members Then I read the reviews that flayed her as biased, mean spirited and snarky Did we read the same book

  7. Yikes Well, I was drawn to this book after watching Jesus Camp, which everyone who cares about the future of this country s separation of church goers and state should watch This was a great follow up While Jesus Camp gives us a window into the methods that Evangelical Christians are using to indoctrinate their younger children did you know, by the way, that 75% of homeschooled kids in this country identify as born agains , God s Harvard is an investigation of Patrick Henry College, an evangelic [...]

  8. This is one of the most well written and interesting books I ve read in a long time I recently watched the movie Jesus Camp and was in shock as to the level of evangelical indoctrination that s going on in this country I didn t realize just how strong and how organized the evangalicals were are, and as a liberal and lesbian this frightens me This book allowed me a peek into the conservative Christian world and the people within it I kept waiting for someone to fall , and in the eyes of Patrick H [...]

  9. Overall impressions While obviously from a non Christian worldview, Rosin remains quite charitable in my opinion except perhaps to Farris The places she is very critical and less charitable are where she perceives incongruity or inherent inconsistency in what people say as Christians and what they do, particularly where she sees hypocrisy Largely, however, I agree with those criticisms It s sad that it takes an outsider to critique the inconsistencies of the Christian right when as conservatives [...]

  10. Important read for anyone who cares about religion, education, parenting, or politics in the West Rosin did her best to remain neutral but there was a clear slight biased to those wanting a liberal culture at PHC For those that think PHC is a failed attempt, are probably being a bit myopic There are obvious struggles early on but it seems to be of growing pains than anything else It s obvious that there are clear problems at the core of PHC s mission but you can t help but sympathize with pare [...]

  11. While the author is clearly troubled by the Christian Right, this book actually seems a backhand compliment to the school If only society in general could get the same things right that PHC does.

  12. A very useful look at the early years of my college s history Should be required reading for all Patrick Henry College students.

  13. Interesting, quick read I liked the sections in which Rosin focused on the student body I felt like she did a good job of picking kids to whom she was sympathetic enough to be able to portray as normal and likeable, even if they believed things she obviously finds batshit insane She also did a good job of showing the diversity of opinion amongst the student body I think often people hear evangelical Christian or liberal feminist, or libertarian , etc and think of that group as some homogenous bl [...]

  14. This book was a quick read and a satisfying one Hanna Rosin is an extremely accessible writer and I mean that as a compliment and not as shorthand for, not very challenging She hits just the right tone between objective inquiry and gentle and appropriate judgment of her subject, which is a small Christian college made up of mostly former home schooled students She s at her best when she profiles individuals and she makes the solid choice to settle on a select few to follow through the school non [...]

  15. Next on the list God s Harvard A Christian College on a Mission to Save America, a book by Hanna Rosin that provides a look into Patrick Henry College, a small conservative Christian school whose aim is to raise up the young Christian leaders of tomorrow Some of the beliefs expressed in the book go right along with the stereotypes, such as that they re all Bush lovers, anti choice, and creationists But Rosin goes beyond that to get at how these students ended up Patrick Henry College, and what k [...]

  16. Before I read this book I was afraid that Patrick Henry College would succeed in changing American culture I m just about done with it now, and I no longer fear this because secular influence is so strong Most of the kids in this book Fell before they even graduated and I have no doubt that the vast majority of them will Fall before they gain any real power A few crazies will make it to the promised land, but a few secular crazies will also, so it all balances.I have a friend who also went to a [...]

  17. I read this probably a year ago or even and just kept putting off a review because I had so much I wanted to say about it At this point, I don t really remember what I wanted to say any, so I guess I may as well clear out my currently reading list.Basically, I grabbed this because its about a school located very close to my parents house I d never heard of it, and the title was interesting.I thought it was FASCINATING Rather like the movie Jesus Camp in that it revealed Christian fundamentalist [...]

  18. I had listened to an audio recording of this book shortly after it came out and re read it on Kindle for a book discussion Hanna Rosin was an embedded reporter at Patrick Henry College, an evangelical college offering government and liberal arts courses of study Rosin did a very good job at portraying the administration, faculty and especially the students in a sympathetic light They came across as likable, and I felt myself wishing them happiness and success even though I personally find their [...]

  19. Terrific book Rosin examines the evangelical Christian right from inside Patrick Henry College, a school created primarily for homeschooled Christian right students, with the intention of building the leadership necessary to take over the country literally Rosin appears to have won the trust of enough of the students, as well as Michael Farris, the founder of the homeschooling movement, and of PHC, to get an inside perspective on the school, the students, and the families from which they come Th [...]

  20. I was first introduced to Patrick Henry college through my brother whom was given a grant by the Homeschooling Defense something or another , from that time forward the premise of this college has completely intrigued me and so I was very eager to read Rosin s work.Rosin does not hide her skepticism of PHC, and while she duly notes her biased nature, I found the book to lack the facts and startling statistics that makes PHC different from other distinctly Christian colleges The fact that PHC is [...]

  21. Patrick Henry College was founded less than ten years ago to be the Ivy League equivalent for home schooled, conservative Evangelicals who want to change the culture by working in the White House, on the Hill, or in Hollywood Hanna Rosin, who has covered religion for the Washington Post, is even handed in her treatment of the whole concept, though she does let the reader know what she thinks of it all from time to time.Rosin is Jewish and was born in Israel For the most part, I think her own bac [...]

  22. Even the least politically aware Americans among us cannot fail to see the dramatic rise of the Christian Right in the last few decades Extremists have taken center stage in a way that they hadn t since the days of Scopes God s Harvard profiles Patrick Henry College, one of the educational bastions of this movement, and it s students Although Rosin makes her own religous and political views clear from the beginning, she does a good job of presenting a balanced view of PHC She does not treat it a [...]

  23. I really wanted to like this book I really did.This was the first selection in the book club I recently joined at my UU congregation I was hoping I would enjoy this as much as The Unlikely Disciple It didn t come close In fact, I initially gave it three stars, but now that I have digested it a bit, I took away another star.First, the content The subject matter scared the living hell out of me The type of backward thinking exhibited by those described here will do serious damage to the rights and [...]

  24. The problem with ultra liberals is that they can be so intolerant I found Rosen s observations regarding the students of Patrick Henry College to be smirky At least in the beginning of the book, she let s the reader know loud and clear that she doesn t care for home schooling In fact, one is led to believe that home schoolers are just plain weird She pokes fun at the values of the Evangelical Christian students families Let me list those values for you 1 Academic excellence of their children 2 M [...]

  25. Hanna Rosin, an Israeli born Jew, finds herself catnip to the students and faculty of Patrick Henry, the select college for home schooled evangelical kids they are on a mission to convert everyone in the world to born again Christianity and espousing another religion offers no immunity Rosin is a terrific writer she very much likes the students one stayed for several months in her home in D.C and seems as terrified as I am that religious fanaticism is inculcated at such a putatively high level o [...]

  26. The book is about Patrick Henry s College never had heard of it for fundamentalist homeschooled college age students who dream of entering politics and love George BushThe author follows some of the 350 students for a year and tries to explain founder Michael Ferris experiment to train a new generation of religious right to take over top political positions and influence political and social thinking Surprising that they shared anything with the liberal, nonpracticing jewish author, but she was [...]

  27. Patrick Henry University breeding place for the next conservative government at least, that s the plan The students there are determined, driven, and intend to change the course of current American politics and government.I found this book to be very informative and in some ways entertaining but really, a little bit depressing I am a conservative myself, but I can t quite countenance the extreme idea l s driven into the student s every cell The intention of the founder seems to me to be a good o [...]

  28. An outsider s insider view of Patrick Henry College Which, near as I can tell from reading the book, is for homeschooled, evangelical, right winged, politically motivated students Wow, scary stuff and a very fascinating read Because of my own evangelical leanings I hate labels and the fact that I homeschool my kids I found this book on one level to be embarrassing Kind of like yessh, I can t believe I have basic beliefs in common with these people However, it is in Rosin s honest and sometimes e [...]

  29. To be fair, enough years have passed since I read it that I barely remember this book It was brought to my attention again, though, by a friend s reccomendation.I couldn t remember it well enough to give a review, I just remember getting ticked at the author While I don t trust my own words, then,I do trust Michael Zeller For those Gen Jers who are familiar with him, this is what he said about the book Rant God s Harvard is little than a poorly researched op ed on modern evangelical culture Her [...]

  30. I bought this book for 1 at Barnes and Noble I had a passing interest in Patrick Henry College I knew that PHC caters to Evangelical homeschooled students Hanna Rosin focuses on a handful of students in her year long research of PHC Rosin is upfront about her politics and views and they clash with the right leaning PHC crowd I was interested in the school s liberal arts program having attended a small liberal arts school for a while After reading this, I m not sure how I feel about the school It [...]

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