I am working my way through a new blog series in anticipation of my forthcoming book, Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College (Crossway, 2021). This new series will include 7 videos that tackle key intellectual questions about the Christian faith.
This week’s video deals with one of those things we all wonder as Christians: “Why does it seem like the smartest people are the ones who reject Christianity?”
This question will be particularly acute for college students because their professors are often the ones who don’t believe. There they are, trained in some of the finest research universities in the world. Brilliant. Smart. Filled with knowledge.
And there you are. A nineteen-year-old first-year student with no advanced degrees, no letters after your name, no credentials. They’re using words you’ve never even heard of before. What are the chances that you’re right and these professors—nearly all of them—are wrong? The chances of that seem pretty low.
Left unchecked, that question will begin to gnaw away at you, like a sliver in your mind, creating doubts about what you believe. So it’s important to have an answer. It’s critical to understand why the intellectual landscape is what it is.
So, in the video below, I give you some things to remember: