Episode 147: The Evangelical College Experience w/ Scott Okamoto

June 6, 2022

We’re going to take a critical look at evangelical colleges and universities and analyze the experience they provide our kids. Having attended the evangelical college Wheaton, I have firsthand experience to bring to the table that we’ll discuss throughout today’s show.

Joining me is the host of the Chapel Probation podcast, Scott Okamoto. He grew up in a conservative Christian family but began deconstructing when he went away to college. Eventually, he became a professor at an evangelical university and started to clarify his progressive Christian beliefs. This led to him stepping away and becoming a stay-at-home dad.

Tune in to hear my conversation with Scott on the evangelical college experience from each of our unique perspectives. 

Show Highlights:

  • Scott’s background with evangelicalism.
  • Why he stepped down from his job at APU and became a stay-at-home dad.
  • What inspired him to start his podcast.
  • Where I was at in my faith while attending Wheaton.
  • The paradox of the evangelical college experience.
  • The challenges deconstruction brings to parenting.
  • Why we must love our kids well and then trust them to make the right decisions.
  • Advice for parents thinking about sending their kids to an evangelical college.
  • Advice for students attending an evangelical college right now.

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