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Boston's Colleges and Universities: An International Center

By Jay Rogers
Published October 2, 1991

Oiver Wendell Holmes once called the city of Boston: “The thinking center of the continent, and therefore of the planet.” Boston’s title “the hub of the universe” has been applied many times. When you look at the area’s colleges and universities, it is easy to see why.

The legacy of education in America began in Boston in 1636 with the founding of Harvard College, the nation’s first institution of higher learning. Today there are more than 50 colleges and universities in the area. Being the largest urban center in New England, Greater Boston claims more than half the region’s 117 colleges. Intellectual pursuits permeate the city. About 200,000 students return to the hub each September; the undergraduate culture makes up about one-quarter of the population.

Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – both located on the Charles River in Cambridge – are world class institutions. Many other prestigious schools also inhabit the area, including such well known music schools as Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition, the city boasts an impressive array of art, medical, law, and business schools. Nowhere else in America is there such a mixture.

Vast libraries, including Harvard’s Widener Library – the largest in the world, and abundant bookstores hold the promise of locating virtually any book; cultural events and visiting speakers fill the calendar; art galleries, theaters and music recitals are open to the public daily. A recent Boston Globe survey asked students at six universities if they considered New England to be the “academic center of America.” Seventy percent of American students and 79 percent of international students said “yes.”

Many of New England’s colleges grew out of the powerful Christian influence of the first three centuries. Harvard was sponsored by the Congregational Church; Boston College was founded by the Jesuits; Amherst, Brown, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Wellesley, Williams and Yale were all founded as Christian institutions for the purpose of training ministers, missionaries and teachers.

International Population Growing Rapidly

The schools of New England draw students and faculty from all corners of the globe. It is an international community in every sense of the word. Boston has the highest concentration of international students of any city in America. Currently there are at least 20,000 internationals studying in Massachusetts and close to 40,000 internationals attending school in New England.

Many foreign students come to Boston because it has a large international community. In Boston, they can travel anywhere in the city within minutes on a subway trolley and experience the many events and places of interest the city has to offer.

Boston, with its cosmopolitan flavor, is arguably the most “Old World” and European city in the United States. Yet at the same time it offers the richest New World heritage, the ideas of freedom and democracy being germinated right in the heart of the city during its first two centuries. The influx of immigrants in the last century brought it most of its European culture. Currently there is an influx of Asian and Hispanic influence. The international student population only adds to this potpourri. The brightest minds of many nations are being nurtured right here.

One of the main reasons for growth is that area schools are trying to make up for the large number of students who have not been born. The entire U.S. is on a downward demographic trend in the college-age-population. The Northeast has been the hardest hit; the college-age-population in Massachusetts has dropped 30 percent in the last seven years. In order to keep admission standards high, colleges are forced to make up these numbers with students from overseas.

The region has traditionally attracted its international student population from Western Europe, but now the Asian population is on the upswing. Ten percent of Boston University’s freshman class are internationals, with the largest contingent coming from Asia.

With the shortage of American college age students, the region will remain a growth area for internationals at least for the next five years.


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The Four Keys to the Millennium (Book)

Foundations in Biblical Eschatology

By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.

All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?

These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.

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Freedom: The Model of Christian Liberty (DVD)

“Give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.

The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).

Welcome to the Second American Revolution!

This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

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Amazing GraceAmazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism (DVD)

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Just what is Calvinism?

Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?

This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.

Running Time: 257 minutes

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Dr. Francis Schaeffer - A Christian Manifesto (DVD)

That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!

Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.

Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.

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The Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of ChristThe Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of Christ (DVD)

Who is the Real Jesus?

Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.

Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.

The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.

Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.

Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!

Running Time: 130 minutes

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