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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rev. John Harvard

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Son of a butcher, his family died when a plague swept England, leaving him an estate.

He attended Emmanuel College, was ordained, married and sailed for Massachusetts where he pastored the First Church of Charlestown.

At age 31, he died of tuberculosis on SEPTEMBER 14, 1638.

His name was Rev. John Harvard.

The College at Cambridge was renamed for Rev. Harvard.

Fifty-percent of 17th-century graduates were ministers, as were 10 out of 12 of Harvard's presidents prior to the Revolution.

Harvard's founders wrote:

"After God had carried us safe to New England, and we...rear'd convenient places for God's worship...dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches, when our present Ministers shall lie in the pleased God to stir up the heart of one Mr. Harvard, a godly gentleman and a lover of give the one half of his estate...towards the erecting of a college and all his Library."

As 106 of the first 108 schools in America were founded on Christianity, Harvard's Rules & Precepts stated September 26, 1642:

"Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life. John 17:3."

It's amazing to see how far from the original rules and precepts this now ungodly university has become.  I am a big promoter of learning and believe that it's only through the pursuit of knowledge that we can make this a better world.  I also believe however, that unless the pursuit of knowledge is tempered through the acceptance of God, the ideas we produce can become self-centered, distorted and incredibly destructive.
God loves you,

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