Statement of Identity

The Goals

  • At Gutenberg, we are interested in encouraging one another to build and deepen our spiritual and intellectual grounding for God’s transformative work. We hope that our students will choose to seek the truth, love their fellow human beings, and ultimately bow to their Creator.
  • Our goal is to foster maturity, character, and skills—skills of sound interpretation, clear thinking, careful listening, coherent written and verbal communication, and respectful engagement with contrasting opinions.

The Student Experience

  • College students face the enormous challenge of forming their most important commitments in an age of conflicting voices and spiritual distractions. At Gutenberg, they find the rare but much needed freedom to engage deeply with the “big questions” about meaning, knowledge, truth, and God as they make sense of life and the Bible.
  • Life at Gutenberg takes courage and responsibility. Students live in a close community and share classes together for four years. They must learn to trust, to be vulnerable, to be humble, and to care for others.

The Gutenberg Approach

  • Gutenberg’s tutors and board members share two commitments: the truth of biblical Christianity and a methodological approach to the Bible that prizes authorial intent.
  • Students are best served by being held to standards of rigorous thinking and biblical truth—but in an environment of respect, where tutors listen and guide rather than tell students what to think. Thus, tutors function as mentors and co-learners as opposed to professors.
  • The curriculum explores influential works of superior intellectual merit, including those that critique Christianity. At Gutenberg, we have both the confidence that the Bible’s picture of reality is true and the humility to recognize that we might learn from those with whom we disagree.
  • We all learn best through conversation, where we’re able to raise questions and discover answers that satisfy and fuel our desire to learn more. This approach is far more engaging and effective than lectures on secondhand material.
  • The curriculum focuses heavily on apprentice-style development of academic skills in language, interpretation, and reasoning since this approach provides lasting benefit.