In fact, Cedarville and Reno were in the news a few years back when they were written about in Christianity Today in Whatever Is Pure: Cedarville Requires Professors to Apply Philippians 4:8.
In its Biblically Consistent Curriculum policy, nicknamed for the Apostle Paul’s admonishment to Christians in Philippi, Cedarville has spelled out new guidelines officially barring any materials that “may be considered ‘adult’ in nature, that represent immorality, or that may be a stumbling block to students.”
… “As a general rule, ‘R’ rated movies will not be shown. PG-13, PG, and unrated movies should be evaluated based on language, sexual content, graphic violence, and nudity.” All scripts for plays put on by students cannot include swearing and must be approved by Reno.
…This means, for example, that now an R-rated movie like Schindler’s List cannot be shown in its entirety, nor can students put on plays that include swear words….Drafted by Cedarville’s vice president of academics Loren Reno and assistant vice president of academics Thomas Mach, the policy focuses on applying the “whatever is pure” line from Philippians 4:8 (as well as several other passages directing Christian living) to materials assigned in departments like English, art, and communications. The biggest targets: swear words, graphic violence, sexual nudity, and other erotic content.
Did Dr White teach in the Oxford University Study Program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary?
I had the opportunity to have a discussion with a former pharmacy professor who shared some of his own observations from his time at Cedarville.
Women must not make more money than their husbands
Dr White made this statement to the students on various occasions. This affected one pharmacy student who would soon make more money than her husband who worked for a church. This caused her to consider dropping out of the program because she felt guilty.
It appears that Dr White has rules that come from a different book than the Bible.
Students should not take medicine for depression.
Dr White apparently told students not to take medication for depression. They should, instead, study the Bible which would take of their depression. It appears that White is ignorant when it comes to some psychiatric disorders. Students: if you are on medication prescribed by a physician, do NOT stop your medications unless you have discussed this with your physician. Dr White appears not to understand how dangerous this is. Here is an article from the Mayo Clinic discussing the problems with suddenly discontinuing antidepressants.
Do not refer to private body parts by their anatomical names.
Dr White asked that professors and students not refer to the actual names of body parts that he considered private. He suggested that they refer to such body parts as *those parts below the waist.” Can you imagine if the pharmacy class was discussing suppositories? “Students, place this medication below the waist in the hole closest to your back.”
I have heard from a number of professors both now and in the past. It is evident to me that Dr White has lost the support of a fair number of the faculty. Cedarville is supposedly known for its conservative Christian distinctives. Yet, this is a school that treated an admitted voyeur as a guy who merely had a *sin* issue. This supposedly higher level university sent a voyeur to meet regularly with a pastor in order to *restore* him. There was no discussion of his need for serious psychiatric intervention.
The leaders of the university put their students at risk. This is a school that will not let their students view an R rated movie but had no problem with exposing their students to a voyeur. Something is deeply wrong here. As far as I’m concerned, students are not safe at Cedarville University. They are protected from seeing The Gladiator but can expect to be exposed to a voyeur who is in the process of restoration but not in psychiatric care. What’s wrong with this picture?