A Devotion for 9 July 2020 Anno Domini, the Anglican Orthodox Communion Worldwide
19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! 2 Samuel 1:19
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 2 Peter 2:22
20 ¶ Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
“After God had carried us safe to New-England, and wee had builded our houses, provided necessaries for our livelihood, rear’d convenient places for Gods worship, and setled the Civill Government: One of the next things we longed for, and looked after was to advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate Ministery to the Churches, when our present Ministers shall lie in the Dust. And as we were thinking and consulting how to effect this great work, it pleased God to stir up the heart of one Mr. Harvard (a godly gentleman and a lover of learning; then living amongst us) to give one-half of his estate (it being in all about £1,700) towards the erecting of a Colledge, and all his library. After him, another gave £300; others after them cast in more; and the public hand of the State added the rest. The Colledge was by common consent appointed to be at Cambridge (a place very pleasant and accommodate), and is called (according to the name of the first founder) Harvard Colledge.”
“New England’s First Fruits” (1643)
Harvard College was the oldest institution of higher learning established in the United States having been founded in 1636 as an institution for the training of clergy. Throughout its early years, Harvard was under the direct oversight of Puritan ministers. While the college was founded for the ‘propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,’ the college underwent a decline in traditional Christian doctrine beginning in the 19th century. From its founding, the motto of Harvard had been, “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae,” meaning “Truth for Christ and the Church.” Its old shield once offered this motto on its face:
The first official seal of Harvard Corporation. Found on Harvard diplomas, it carries the university’s original motto, Christo et Ecclesiae (For Christ and church).
Later, the motto was changed to simply ‘Veritas’ (Truth) I suppose you cannot guess why this change was made?
The first president of Harvard was a renowned English Puritan clergyman of Cambridge University, Henry Dunster. He later disavowed the traditional church stand (Anglican and Puritan) of infant baptism which led to his dismissal from Harvard. Think of this for a moment – a president of Harvard College being dismissed over a failure to adhere to traditional doctrine of the traditional Church. Harvard drifted more and more to the liberal faith of free will and Arminiasm in latter decades.
Charles W. Eliot, president 1869–1909, eliminated the favored position of Christianity from the curriculum while opening it to student self-direction. While Eliot was the most crucial figure in the secularization of American higher education, he was motivated not by a desire to secularize education, but by transcendentalist Unitarian convictions. (Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. Papers of Charles William Eliot. inventoryArchived 2010-07-11 at the Wayback Machine General Correspondence Group 3, 1921-1925, bulk 1921-1923, Box 77, Harvard University Library.)
The College has continued in its degenerate decline until the only thing of value left to it is its original name. The name represents only a shell of a college that once was looked upon as one of the best, if not the best, in the world for the propagation of knowledge and the spread of the Gospel of Christ.
Today, I would value the teaching of most local community colleges above that of the indoctrinating process taking place at Harvard. If any subject matter is taught of value, it is usually mixed with an abundant measure of political indoctrination and globalist viewpoints that renders the whole of useless or even harmful influence.
As most of our readers will know, Watters’ World made frequent trips to Harvard to interview students in an unscientific survey. It was quite surprising to know that some did not know the capitol of the United States; the cost of 100 eggs at 12 cents per dozen; or which candidates were running for President in 2016. Of course, I realize that most Harvard students would have scored better, but they are not taught American values, but globalist philosophy at Harvard. American principles of freedom are of no worth at Harvard. So, why do parents spend 70-80 thousand dollars per year for a degree of indoctrination instead of a bona fide education? The prestige of the name, Harvard, alone will not suffice to put bread on the table in a real world.
The Harvard of today is a major disappointment compared to the glory of its illustrious past as an institution of higher learning. It is now a training ground for Fabianist and globalist elites (or those who consider themselves elites) who would not make a pimple on the buttocks of a U.S. Marine.
It seems that a modern degree from Harvard is not even comparable to a high school diploma, in real educational value, of a student of the 1940’s. Harvard is not alone in this appraisal – it applies to a great number of institutions of ‘higher’ learning in America today. Harvard is only a disappointing example of the greater numbers of colleges and universities in America today.
Harvard has cast off the treasures of Heaven for the filthy rags of modern philosophy. “The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” Perhaps Harvard would be less guilty in the eyes of the Lord if she had never known the treasures of Heaven to begin with. “16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”