True Academic Freedom

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 - 6pm ET

R.R. "Rusty" Reno is the editor of First Things magazine. His books include Fighting the Noonday Devil, In the Ruins of the Church, and Redemptive Change: Atonement and the Christian Cure of the Soul.

Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind
Every year, thousands of young Catholics leave their homes for higher education at our nation’s colleges and universities. Very few realize, however, that from orientation day onward, they will be indoctrinated with a vision of reality that is very different from the values their families hold dear. Sadly, many of our young people will fall prey to one or more of the dominant ideologies engrained in their college education, ideologies that can lead them away from the Church and, ultimately, their faith in God. Students who are not taught how to think critically or who lack the tools needed to sift through the logic of these positions are easily swayed by the smooth sophistry of the intellectual elite.For this reason, twelve of the top Catholic writers in America—professors, priests, journalists, philosophers, and theologians—have come together in the book Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind, to dissect the trendy ideas that can lead young Catholics away from the Church.