Colonial University Education

Greetings to all.  Hope you are well.

I would like to continue on the topic of education in the colonies.

Most Americans are not aware of the contribution Christianity made to public education during the colonial period.   More than 100 of the first 118 universities founded in the United States were started for the purpose of preparing those that were going to be ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Consider the following statements concerning the founding of the College of William and Mary, Yale University, and Princeton University.

College of William and Mary, 1692  – The College of William and Mary is located in Williamsburg, Virginia.   “[Our purpose is] that the youth may be piously enacted in good letters and manners, and that the Christian faith may be propagated to the glory of God.”

Yale University, 1701 – Prior to 1897 every President of Yale University was a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  “For the liberal and religious education of suitable youth, seeing God is the giver of all wisdom, every scholar, besides private or secret prayer shall be present morning  and evening at public prayer.”  In order to attend Yale you had to take part in corporate prayer.  Yale University is in New Haven, Connecticut.

Princeton University, 1746 – “Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ”  Like Yale University the Presidents of Princeton University were all ministers of the Gospel to about 1900.  The Princeton motto: “Under God’s Power She Flourishes.”

The first Baptist College in America was Brown University in Rhode Island.  In addition, Dartmouth in New Hampshire was founded for the purpose of evangelizing the Indians.

If you are interested in the Christian contribution to the colonies I suggest the work of David Barton and Frank Pastore.






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