Thursday, December 11

Interview with Author of God on the Quad

The questions were posed by NPR so you can imagine their slant. For example: "Q: Is there much diversity of opinions in these schools?"
That gave me a laugh for the evening. No diversity at PHC? People had so many different ideas and desire to express them debates started around just about anything. We almost started to avoid "hot topics" just so that we could function.

To her credit, Naomi Scheafer visited the campuses with an open mind and was willing to test the product rather than develop a caricature.

Her answer in part to the question:
...anyone who has ever conducted an argument with someone who has a completely different set of assumptions will be able to recognize it. When there is no common ground in a conversation to begin with, the conversation tends to go nowhere. At Ave Maria, for instance, most of the students agree with the idea that a fetus is a human life, but many disagree about how the law should address abortion. As more than one student pointed out, it would be impossible for them to ever get beyond the former idea with many of their classmates at secular schools. The conversation at Ave Maria is more productive for them because it can move beyond first principles.