Christ Chapel at Hillsdale
An Architectural Sign of Mere Christianity
Hillsdale College, Michigan, was founded in 1844 by Freewill Baptists. Today, its denominational link with Baptists is no longer particularly evident, but unlike many institutions of higher learning that were Christian at their foundation and are now effectively secular, Hillsdale College is still robustly committed to the faith.
This commitment has recently been demonstrated by the construction of a new chapel at the heart of the college campus, named Christ Chapel and costing nearly $30 million. It is quite extraordinary, both as a piece of architecture and as a contemporary statement about the essential role of faith in the life of learning.
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Michael Ward is Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. He is the coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis (2010).
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