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May 20, 2016

Geneva Values

Geneva does not do “values,” those expressions of positive-sounding qualities, like “strong work ethic” or “tolerance.” “Values” float untethered, without foundation, certainty, or permanence. Whether held by individuals or groups, “values” reflect mere human preference and assertion, changeable according to current fashion.

Instead of “values,” Geneva has God’s eternal Word, which teaches what Christians have long called virtues, qualities of mind and habit that imitate Christ, such as love, joy, peace, and patience. Instead of “values,” we have commands, “Do not have any other gods before me,” “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder.” In response to these commands, we will not provide abortifacients in our health coverage, we do not wink at sexual relations outside of the permanent bonds of marriage between husband and wife, and we base instruction on the Word of God.

Geneva does not teach “ideals.” It teaches God’s Word, which tells us to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves, not an “ideal,” but God’s two greatest commandments. These commandments form the heart of Geneva’s mission to be a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.” We aim to work as friends, doing to others as we want done to us, a word from God to obey, not an inspiring human ideal to strive for.

Finally, Geneva does do “identity,” mainly one: God knows each person He has made, how sin has defaced His image in each of us, and how He is transforming all who belong to Christ so that we will be like Him. The Lord knows us by name, so our identity is fixed beyond death itself to the Resurrection. For those in Christ, all other identities are secondary: men and women, equal bearers of God’s image and equal heirs of eternal life, are more alike than they are different; educated and uneducated will stand as equals before Christ’s Judgment Seat; all races making up the one human race deserve the same treatment; Americans and Chinese, the same; and faculty members, administrators, staff, and students all know that we have one Master in heaven, so we all serve one another.

Geneva aims to live for the glory of God and to enjoy Him. Here is our vision: For the glory of God, an engaged and joyful campus, with flourishing high-quality liberal arts and professional programs at a modest price and with a global reach.

Bill EdgarDr. William Edgar, Interim President


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