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What are some schools similar to Eastern University?

BetahnyABetahnyA Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited February 2010 in Christian Colleges
Mostly in terms of how liberal they are. I'm looking for liberal Christian schools
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Replies to: What are some schools similar to Eastern University?

  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 4,880 Senior Member
    If you're looking in PA, Messiah would be a higher rated academically, liberal Christian school (similar to Eastern).
  • Whistle PigWhistle Pig - Posts: 4,093 Senior Member
    Would disagree w/ Creekland on this one. Eastern's presence is a far stronger, more engaged w/ the world in missions, leadership, etc. than Messiah. I suspect there was a day when Messiah conformed w/ the perception that it was a leading Christian school in the East. Look @ programs, people, and leadership of both places. Messiah's is a very nice campus in the pastoral suburbs of PA Dillsburg, only an hour or so from PA Dutch country. Conversely, Eastern is also a particularly attractive campus in a very upscale suburb, St. David's, of a large metro area. Just down the road from Villanova bball, too, if that's any interest. Very different scenarios. Both nice. But in terms of qualitative issues, these days I give the nod to Eastern, especially for persistent passion for pursuing Christ w/o being dogmatic like some others discussed here. btw, they are both "liberal" but in very different ways. I'd say Gordon, several of the West Coast schools, Eastern Mennonite perhaps, this is a bit more of a reach but Kings in NYC, definitely Wheaton, Taylor (altho then you get back into cornfield campuses like Messiah, unless you plug into the Ft. Wayne campus.)
  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 4,880 Senior Member
    I agree, but disagree with Whistle Pig (being a PA resident and fairly familiar with both schools plus students that go to each).

    Eastern is FAR more into missions and such (I agree), but remains liberal as far as Christianity is concerned. It is one of the lower schools out there academically. No one I know considers it a mid or high ranked academic school. Messiah is a mid-ranked academic school, but not anywhere near as involved in missions. It is, however, as liberal as far as Christianity is concerned - just a different focus in the classroom.

    To get to a high ranked academic school, you move on to Grove City, but no one I know would use Grove City and liberal in the same sentence without the word "not" in there.

    Do you want to stay in PA, or move out farther? If farther, consider Calvin or Hope in MI if you want higher academics and liberal.
  • geee123geee123 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
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  • BetahnyABetahnyA Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    cool. how about this: schools similar to grove city but liberal christian.
  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 4,880 Senior Member
    Wheaton, Calvin or Hope. Wheaton is the highest academically, but the other two aren't far behind. Hope is the most liberal of the three, but the other two aren't far behind. Calvin and Wheaton do the most worldwide (similar to Eastern).

    All IMO of course - based on research and findings from alumni + students as well as their web sites.
  • ZetesisZetesis Registered User Posts: 1,855 Senior Member
    I would have to disagree that Wheaton, by any stretch of the imagination, merits the term "liberal." But of course that might depend on how you define "liberal." You might want to give this site a look: whitherwheaton dot org.
  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 4,880 Senior Member
    The comparison is to Eastern U in PA - not an across the board listing of liberal Christian colleges. Wheaton and Eastern would be similar based on students I've talked with and what is taught in classes - though the colleges differ vastly academically. Hope is more liberal by the same comparison standards. Calvin would be similar. None are likely to be identical. Just some suggestions on where to look based on what is asked.

    If one wants a listing of liberal Christian colleges in general, I think only Hope would make it on the list (of these). Otherwise, St Olaf's comes to mind, etc. There's a thread on it somewhere.

    And, of course, different discussions with different students could have led to different results. Anyone interested should visit and have their own discussions.
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