Higher education in America today often emphasizes the pursuit of work that will provide a good living while neglecting to instruct students in the art of living well. In the end, students are often saddled with excessive debt and remain lost in darkness and confusion, unable to answer their own questions about the meaning of human existence. Gutenberg College offers an alternative to this flawed system, and performs a desperately needed role in American higher education. Our mission is critical to keeping a relevant, biblical worldview alive in our culture.
Gutenberg College is not sponsored by any church or association and, in order to preserve our independence, we do not accept federal funding. For this reason, those of us working hard to fulfill the school’s mission are profoundly grateful to the community of donors supporting us.
Here are three reasons why many of our supporters have chosen to give and why you might consider joining them.
Gutenberg is Distinctive
Gifts to Gutenberg promote a distinctive educational opportunity aimed at improving hearts and souls.
Gifts to Gutenberg College do significantly more than just provide a sound academic education to students. In giving, you also participate in Gutenberg’s profound approach to learning, which preserves an earlier approach to education that was intended to improve the heart and soul of a person. This approach leads to spiritual maturity so that each student might stand firm in his or her faith and engage the surrounding culture as an independent, confident, and humble thinker.
Educational opportunities like Gutenberg are exceedingly rare today. There are a great many professional development pathways available to students through vocational schools and four-year universities. What has been lost in the frenzy for financial well-being is a place where students can focus on the prior step of seeking the well-being of their person. Your support can bestow guidance and preparation for life, which directly benefits the students, their employers, and our society as a whole.
Gutenberg stands apart from other educational institutions for a number of important and decisive reasons.
Gutenberg Makes an Impact
Through Gutenberg you have the opportunity to help the next generation by passing on important values.
Education can be described as the passing on of the wisdom of one generation to the next. Supporting Gutenberg College is an outstanding way to pass on the best wisdom that western civilization has to offer. Too often we hear of earnest young people leaving home and being drawn into secular ways of thinking. They enter a cultural milieu of pluralism and religious criticism which is suspicious of any claim to know “truth.” In this context, the truth of the Bible loses cogency.
By giving to Gutenberg College, you equip to grapple with secular ideals such as the “suspicion of truth” with tutors who value the Bible. Ultimately, it is God’s transformation of the heart that guides a believer, but by teaching students how to think, they gain critical tools for sorting out conflicting claims. This approach gives students a much firmer grounding in their faith that enables them to withstand cultural pressures.
Gutenberg Provides a Forum
Donors Participate in a vibrant intellectual community that seeks to address and provide clarity on the perplexing social and spiritual questions of our times.
Gutenberg students are not the only ones seeking to make sense of their lives. Donating to Gutenberg College helps to preserve a safe haven for people of all ages and perspectives to engage in the difficult process of seeking what is true. The gift of clarity can be one of the most important gifts we can bestow. Gutenberg values open, respectful inquiry where every question is allowed and taken seriously. At the same time, we rely on a biblical worldview to inform our thinking about complex issues. The mutual exchange of ideas in such a community clarifies and deepens the understanding of tutors and the community alike. Your gifts provide Gutenberg the opportunity to provide you and others a forum of community classes, institutes, workshops, and research into the critical social, philosophical, and theological issues of our times.
Donations support Gutenberg College in essential ways both big and small. These are some of the ongoing needs your gift will help to address.