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Keeping your faith in college

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The best way to avoid losing your faith in college is to avoid those well-intentioned columns and books about how to avoid losing your faith in college.

All of this advice is based on misguided presuppositions which, if granted, already spell the doom of the enterprise of "not losing the faith."

One obviously wrong presupposition is that keeping the faith is a matter of reading some good advice and putting it into practice. If that were true, then every reader of a diet book would be thin, and every subscriber to a golf magazine would shoot par. The basic problem is that when the advice would come in most handy, the person who needs it is not likely to consult it, or care enough about it if he did.

Long ago Aristotle quoted Theognis as saying, "if arguments were in themselves enough to make men good, they would justly have won very great rewards."

The second misguided presupposition is that a Catholic student should be going to a college which is a danger to his faith. Those would be nearly all colleges and universities today. The burden of proof should be on a parent or advisor to establish otherwise.

I am aware that statement will be greeted with howls of disbelief. "You mean Catholic kids should retreat again to a ghetto? Are you saying that only a handful of institutions should be open to them, most of which are second-rate?"

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