Friday, July 01, 2005

You can't take God out

Reading the story yesterday about the student who failed a paper because she wouldn't take God out of her text reminded me of my own experiences back in college.

I went to the University of Michigan in 1981. I became a Christian shortly after I arrived my freshman year. When I was a senior, I took a class in Sociology. It was a requirement I somehow missed in my early days. I was the only upper classman in a among about 50 freshman. It was a pretty uneventful class until toward the end of the semester. The professor started to talk about "religion" and free will. He lectured us for about 30 minutes on why there was no such thing as free will. Most of the class sat there feverishly taking notes. My temperature was rising but it wasn't from taking notes.

He concluded his lecture with the question, "So, does anyone still think they have a free will?"

He was met by blank stares from most, a few shakes of the head, and one hand that went up. Mine.

"Yes, I have free will." I stated emphatically.

"Oh, really. And what young lady do you have the free will to do?" He said, looking down at me.

"I can worship God any where I choose." (The class groaned.)

"I coud make it illegal and put you in jail." (The class squirmed.)

"Yes, but I can still worship God in jail."

"I could cut out your tongue." (The class stared at me.)

"Yes, but I can still worship with my mind."

"I can have you killed." (The class was silent.)

"You haven't solved a thing, I will now be in heaven worshipping my creator eternally."

At this point, a friend interrupted the discussion and said to the professor, don't argue with her you're never going to win.

The flustered professor looked at his watch, muttered something about having to get going and dismissed class early. Intimidtion only works for those who are not convinced of their own beliefs.

I passed the class.

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