As a self-described godless heathen wondering if it’s not time to start hedging his bets, Merrell Noden ’78 (“Keeping the faith,” Dec. 17) faithfully represents Princeton University’s glorification of religious “diversity” at expense of the Truth.
In ignorance of the Bible and the Gospel of Christ, Noden calls upon the name of Jonathan Edwards in vain to promote the notion of universalism. To do so is not only to disparage President Edwards, but also the likes of C.S. Lewis, who pointed out so succinctly that Christ Jesus did not allow for such a thing. As Lewis said, either Christ Jesus was a lunatic, or else he is who he says he is. Jonathan Edwards was one of thousands of Princetonians who attest the latter.
It is a far cry from “specifying that ‘any Person of any religious Denomination whatsoever’ might attend” Princeton, to claiming that there are no absolutes — that Truth is relative, and all religions equal. Jonathan Edwards did not believe such nonsense, because he believed Christ Jesus, who says (John 8:24): “Therefore I told you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am, you will die in your sins.” And (John 14:6): “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by me.”
Personally, I knew only two Princeton University deans (covering more than half the life of the University Chapel): Robert Russell Wicks and Ernest Gordon. Both believed in Christ Jesus, and like Jonathan Edwards, they would be appalled at atheist homosexual “marriage” ceremonies and pagan rituals being performed in the University Chapel. How far the mighty have fallen!