What can Patrick Henry College achieve in the years ahead? PHC President Graham Walker looks first to the past, on this edition of Home School Heartbeat with Michael Farris.
My guest is Dr. Graham Walker, president of Patrick Henry College. Graham, can you tell us what your vision is for PHC?
Dr. Graham Walker:
Patrick Henry is a very unique institution right now. However, originally, it wouldn’t have been so unique. I think what we’re setting out to do here at Patrick Henry is to re-create the original ideal of American higher education, and that ideal was to equip students in all disciplines and help them to seek truth and hold themselves accountable to all the facts in a really rigorous way but that places Jesus at the center—the Bible as the final criterion of truth—and that lays all of knowledge out as being subject to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
Graham, you’ve talked about keeping Jesus at the center of all learning. Why is that so important?
It’s important because He is the one who created everything, and if we want to understand things accurately, we’re going to see it. Psalm 111:10 says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” We want wisdom. We don't want just our own separate truth. We want all of wisdom, but we’re not going to get it unless we fear the Lord first.
Dr. Walker, how different is this approach to education?
Well, in one way it’s not different at all because in fact we want students to be equipped in every academic discipline and to know the facts. But in another way it’s completely different because we ultimately uphold the Bible as the final standard of truth, and we believe there’s objective truth to be found.
We’ll continue our discussion with Dr. Walker next time. I’m Mike Farris.