Let me start this review by saying that I am not the type to recommend just any book to people. Nor do I usually say that a book is a must-read. However, in the case of Already Compromised by Ken Ham and Greg Hall, that is exactly what I am doing. Already Compromised is based on a survey from 2010, conducted by Britt Beemer's America's Research Group. ARG interviewed presidents, vice presidents, head of science, and head of religion departments at 200 Christian colleges and universities in the US.
Authors Ken Ham and Greg Hall took off with the information that was gathered, and this book is the result. And what a result it is! While I am not under any delusions that even our so-called Christian colleges are, for the most part, standing on the authority of God's Word, I was shocked and appalled at the answers from some of these Christian university leaders!! For instance, to the question Do you believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, 22.8% responded No! Excuse me, but how on earth can you even pretend to be a Christian college, and not believe that God's Word is inerrant?! The whole Christian faith is based on God's Word!! Needless to say, there are many questions regarding areas from creation to the inspiration of Scripture. Other chapters show the difference between what the presidents and vice presidents think is going on in their colleges. For example, to the question If your faculty teach something contrary to the Bible, is there a consequence? 96.2% of the presidents answered yes-but only 53.2% of the vice presidents said yes! That concerns me on 2 accounts-first, because obviously either the president or the vice president is unaware of what is really happening on a day-to-day basis at the school. And, secondly, if the vice presidents answers are correct-then why are so many colleges seemingly unconcerned with faulty teaching?
Ken Ham and Greg Hall do an excellent job of pointing out errors and inconsistencies in these Christian colleges. And, as always, they not only show us the problem, but they give us solutions and a call to stand up for God's Word. Methods for determining a college's stance on core doctrinal issues are shown, as well as how to choose the right college/university for you or your child. I would honestly say that every Christian should read this book. Obviously it is directly aimed at those with children heading to college, or those who are preparing for college themselves. However, I think it deals with such a critical issue that we all need to be informed on the subject. We aren't just talking a couple differences, a few standard/conviction issues. We are talking about God's Holy Word! It is of utmost importance that we realize how many of our "Christian leaders" have already compromised with the world. We need to wake up and do something about the compromise before it is too late!
Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review. I did receive a copy of the book for purpose of review. All quotes taken from the Lew Leaf Publishing Group website. All thoughts and opinions are mine.