Kelly Monroe Kullberg’s latest book, Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas is a follow-up to Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians, which Monroe (sans Kullberg) edited a decade ago.
Harvard, now best known as the flagship of the Ivy League schools, was founded in 1636 so that, according to Kullberg, “students might be free to know truth and life in relation to Jesus Christ.” A 1643 brochure quoted in the Harvard Guide indicates Harvard existed “‘[t]o advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches.’”
But by the last decade of the 20th century when Monroe arrived at Harvard to research and write a thesis entitled ‘The Gospel in the Information Age,’ the gospel of Jesus Christ seemed nowhere to be found. At Harvard Divinity School, of all places, Kullberg was disillusioned to discover that pretty much any belief was welcome, from paganism to eco-feminism—except belief in Jesus Christ.
But in the midst of her disillusionment, God showed Kullberg, as he had Elijah after Elijah’s confrontation with Jezebel’s priests, that she was not the only believer still left in the land. A friend connected her with the Harvard Graduate School Christian Fellowship, and she discovered a place where “the gospel was passionately discussed by students in the Schools of Law, Business, Medicine, Government, Design, Arts and Sciences. For the first time since coming to Harvard,” Kullberg writes, “I saw joy.” Out of this small beginning grew not only the book, Finding God at Harvard, a compilation of the stories of many of the believers Kullberg came to know at Harvard, but also the Veritas Forum, a ministry that, along with Kullberg’s personal faith journey, is the subject of Finding God Beyond Harvard.
With passion, honesty, and a humble spirit, Kullberg recounts the story of the Veritas Forum’s beginning. “It is thrilling,” as Phillip E. Johnson writes in the January/February 2007 issue of Touchstone, “to read about how the Veritas movement began . . . how it grew from a novel lecture series to a way of life.” But it is equally thrilling to read of Kullberg’s own faith journey and how God brought her through the ‘dark night of the soul’ that afflicts so many thinking Christians, ultimately restoring her to both spiritual and physical health.
Take the time to read Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas. Read Finding God at Harvard, too. Together, these two books demonstrate that intellect doesn’t have to be an impediment to belief. And Kullberg’s sense of wonder and spirit of gratitude when she speaks of the Creator of the universe will strengthen your own faith and bring a blessing to your life. – Linda Whitlock, Christian Book Previews.com
The quest for truth is an adventure into real life.
In her book Finding God at Harvard, Kelly Monroe brought together the stories of thinking Christians whose search for truth led them to Veritas---in the person of Jesus Christ. Now she tells the story of her own journey into wonder and discovery, which took her beyond the ivied walls of Harvard to universities across the country. In the midst of the arid skepticism of the academy, she found a vibrant, interdisciplinary community unafraid of facing life's toughest questions, embracing the quest for true knowledge with intellectual rigor, delight and joy. As The Veritas Forum grappled with the insights of the academy's brightest Christian scholars, Kelly came to realize that truth or Veritas is no mere abstract concept but the very light by which we see all things.
Engaging narrative and provocative content come together in this mind-stretching and heart-challenging journey. Come with Kelly on an intellectual road trip as The Veritas Forum explores the deepest questions of the university world, and the culture at large. And discover for yourself that Veritas transcends philosophy or religion and instead brings true life.