Liberating minds, enlarging sympathies, enhancing discernment, encouraging commitments: Reformed higher education as seen through the eyes of Northwestern College

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Bruce Murphy


One hundred twenty-three years ago the Northwestern Classical Academy was established. The school’s purpose was to “provide learning in the sciences and literature, with religion.” Its challenge, according to one of the first principals, James Zwemer, was to “stand in protest against ignorance and materialism,” making sure that this area of the country was known “not only for hogs and corn but for dedication and culture.”

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Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa); Reformed Church in America -- Education; Christian education; Education, Higher; Learning and scholarship -- Religious aspects -- Christianity; Education (Christian theology); Learning and scholarship