God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America

By Hanna Rosin
Read by Bernadette Dunne

9.30 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Since 2000, America’s most ambitious young evangelicals have been making their way to Patrick Henry College in Virginia, a small Christian school that has earned the nickname “God’s Harvard.” Most of these students are homeschoolers whose idealism and discipline put the average American teenager to shame. The school grooms them to become the Christian elite of tomorrow, dispatching them to the front lines of politics, entertainment, and science to wage the battle to take back a godless nation. Hanna Rosin spent a year and a half following these students from campus to Congress, conservative think tanks, Hollywood, and other centers of influence. Her account captures a nerve center of the evangelical movement at a moment of maximum influence and also crisis, as it struggles to remake the modern world in its own image.

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Since 2000, America’s most ambitious young evangelicals have been making their way to Patrick Henry College in Virginia, a small Christian school that has earned the nickname “God’s Harvard.” Most of these students are homeschoolers whose idealism and discipline put the average American teenager to shame. The school grooms them to become the Christian elite of tomorrow, dispatching them to the front lines of politics, entertainment, and science to wage the battle to take back a godless nation.

Hanna Rosin spent a year and a half following these students from campus to Congress, conservative think tanks, Hollywood, and other centers of influence. Her account captures a nerve center of the evangelical movement at a moment of maximum influence and also crisis, as it struggles to remake the modern world in its own image.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The challenge for any responsible journalist approaching this subject, then, is twofold. She must approach with compassion, avoiding the stereotyping that so often characterizes books and articles about religious groups…At the same time, she must retain her skepticism…With God’s Harvard, Hanna Rosin aces this balancing act.” Newsweek
“How can a school introduce some of the country’s most sheltered youth to the ways of the secular world—even in hopes they will reshape it—without their being corrupted in the process? It’s a dilemma that makes for constant tension in Hanna Rosin’s nuanced and highly readable God’s Harvard.” Washington Post
“A rare accomplishment for many reasons—perhaps most of all because Rosin is a journalist who not only reports but also observes deeply. Her insights come through in her balanced portrayal of each student, the nuance with which she inserts her own first-person narration, and—not least—her dry and sometimes acerbic sense of humor.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Whether these kids terrify or delight you has everything to do with your political and religious views but, one way or the other, they are people that you should probably start getting to know. God’s Harvard…offers an intriguing introduction.” Christian Science Monitor
“Rosin weaves a deft and honest narrative of evangelical education, combining historical background, close observation and skeptical wit…an illuminating, accessible guide to the beliefs, aspirations and ongoing challenges of [the evangelical movement’s] next generation.” Publishers Weekly
“Bernadette Dunne is a perfect match for this text. She has a resonant tenor voice that is dispassionate in tone but appropriately expressive. Quotations are adequately differentiated from the narrative through a nuanced voice for each person.” Audiofile
“A captivating look at struggles within the conservative movement.” Booklist
“Rosin…is the perfect writer and researcher for this project; her style is factual and objective. The book is…an entertaining and enlightening read. More important[ly], it’s an eyewitness account of the evangelical movement and subculture. Recommended without reservation.” Library Journal
“[A] compelling examination…Rosin does not set out to write an exposé or to push an agenda of her own, and she succeeds admirably in allowing the reader to experience this place and its people first-hand…[An] accomplished study of today’s most gifted evangelical Christians coming of age.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Hanna Rosin

Hanna Rosin has covered religion and politics for the Washington Post. She has also written for the New Yorker, New Republic, GQ, and the New York Times. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Slate deputy editor David Plotz, and their two children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 9.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English