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Tue, Feb. 12 2013 08:40 PM EDT

Fundamentalist Fear of Secular Knowledge

By Bill Peach
My high school senior class had twenty-three graduates. Attending college was the exception, not the norm. Our principal, Mr. Wallace called me into the office the day after I had been sick and absent from school for a day or two. He told me he had submitted my name for a scholarship to David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University). I don't know that I had seriously considered college. Lipscomb had a program of partial scholarships (one-third of tuition) available to students in small rural schools in Tennessee, offered to valedictorians, class presidents, and students involved in extra- curricular activities. Lipscomb's recruiter, Bob Mason, had visited the school while I was absent and Mr. Wallace had the filed the paperwork. Most of you know the rest of the story of my intermittent academia—one year at Lipscomb (1954-55), fifteen random hours at the University of Tennessee in Nashville (1970s), a degree from Middle Tennessee State (1957-1960) (1985-88), and additional courses at Lipscomb in philosophy and education (1998-2010). (A link to this page will be included in your message. )

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