Religion is a topic of study in many Colleges. At many colleges there was a "Chair" of religion. Many of these "chairs" were intended for the study of theology. In Western civilization the teaching of theology was primarily concerned with the teaching of Christian theology, However, with the cultural rebellions of the 1960s abd 1970 there was a radical shift. Many Universities renounced their religious afiliations. This was done openly by some and covertly by others. It was during this time that we saw the secularization of the departments of theology and/or religion at the great Universities. No longer would theology be taught from a Western Christian perspective. Instead these departments and teachers thought of themselves as critics of Western Christian theology. Eventually this preference for criticism of Christian teaching would become wholesale condemnation of the Western Christian Church often using the rare occurence of the Inquisition as the object lesson against Christianity. John Paul 2 and Benedict 16 have lead a fight to regain a fair and equitable hearing for Christianity within the classrooms of our colleges and Universities. An amazing battle since almost all of the great schools owe their existence to the Church. Is it a case of the child wanting to hasten the death of the parent? Or are the people who claim to teach religion actually charlatans who want to destroy religion? Is this a conspiracy or just narrowminded academic prejudice?
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