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Interview by Todd C. Ream and Brian C. Clark


Something So Good, We Want to Share It

A conversation with the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh

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One last question: What advice would you offer to evangelical colleges and universities with perhaps comparable aspirations?

I would say the same thing to my Protestant brethren as I do to my Catholic brethren. Religion is certainly something internal because it involves a personal commitment to the faith and to the consequence of the faith, which we call a moral life, if you will, spiritual life, and prayer, and service is a kind of prayer I think. Christianity, if it isn't productive of good, if it isn't inspiring to people who need inspiration, is simply irrelevant. Religion is only relevant, especially in the educational world, if what you are doing turns out a better person, because a person is going to live his faith and practice his faith and serve others. You serve God by loving God, and there are a thousand ways you can do it. Education happens to be a very important one of those thousand ways, if you will. And if you are inspired by your religious faith to get into education of others who share your faith or want to find some faith, I have to say that is one of the highest forms of prayer. Christianity is not just something for us—it is something for us that is so good that we want to share it with others.

Todd C. Ream is associate director of the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University. With Perry L. Glanzer, he is the author of Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan).

Brian C. Clark is a master of divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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