Harvard actually died long ago but they put the grave stone over the school recently with the takeover of Muslims on campus. For the last several months a Muslim muezzin gave a call to prayer on the Harvard Yard. The few Muslim women on campus have been given special privileges in the gym to separate them from other women at the University. No one knows how to stop the Muslim "invasion" that gives them special rights. They are not stupid, however. They know how to push and push in order to intrude on the ways of this nation. They can get away with their antics because American "Christianity" has become brain dead. It gave away and discarded its biblical heritage and now is morally and spiritually impotent and has no answers.
This is a far cry from the early blessings of the founding of the school.
The principle men of the colony, twelve in all, headed up the school as the governors, including John Winthrop. This was in the days of male leadership when men were role models who led young men into the field of higher learning.
Harvard is named after a young Puritan minister, John Harvard (1607-38) who came to America from England, was continually ill, and died at an early age. He left his library and his estate worth around eight hundred pounds to help the school along. The school was established in 1636 by the General Court of Massachusetts. They voted on four hundred pounds for the founding of a "Schoole." This was the first time it is said a free people voted on a sum of money to establish an institution of higher learning. Harvard's gift inspired others to contribute to start a school for the training of ministers.
The school had classes taught in Latin. There were also extensive studies in Hebrew and Greek. Only a handful of men graduated in the first class of 1642.
Part of the curriculum consisted of studies in:
- Rhetoric: "How to speak aptly is better than to speak wrongly."
- Grammar: "The English language is second to none."
- Ethics: "There is no true friendship among the wicked."
It would be interesting to know what John Harvard would now think of his school if he saw the Muslim encroachment into the life of the institution. By the way, it was in 1639 that the school was officially named after him.
Dr. Mal Couch