This New York Times article is a review of Hannah Rosin’s book God’s Harvard.
Political Fundamentals, 9 September 2007, New York Times
In the fall of 2000, a failed politician named Michael Farris threw open the doors to a Christian college in rural northern Virginia, … The mission of Patrick Henry College was to attract and cultivate academic stars from the ranks of home-schooled evangelicals, then send them off on graduation day to “shape the culture and take back the nation,” in the words of a common home- schooling rallying cry.
… Rosin approaches the year and a half she spends at Patrick Henry determined to understand the inner emotional workings of the students, most of whom arrive on campus and then encounter Washington politics after leaving the confines of a home-school education.
The question must be asked of any writer undertaking this enterprise: Are you trying to horrify your like-minded readers or enlighten them? Rosin clearly intended to enlighten.
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