Education: Higher Learning

Christian colleges are booming--and reinventing the meaning of a faith-based education

If it weren't for the guy in the Kelly green trucker hat emblazoned JESUS IS MY HOMEBOY and the Bibles poking out of several backpacks, this Friday morning cell-biology class could be at any sun-soaked California college. At least until the day's lecture turns to evolution. "Darwin wasn't necessarily a God hater," says Assistant Professor Jon Milhon, in between slides of mitochondria. "You don't have to agree with his theory. I personally don't. But the man wasn't an idiot."

Milhon is a biologist at Azusa Pacific University (A.P.U.), the U.S.'s second largest evangelical Christian college, with 8,200 students attending its...

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