"Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?" Read Hanna's cover story for The Atlantic's April 2013 issue. ➜
Since 2000, America’s most ambitious young evangelicals have been making their way to Patrick Henry College, a small Christian school just outside the nation’s capital. Most of them are homeschoolers whose idealism and discipline put the average American teenager to shame. At “God’s Harvard” they are groomed to become tomorrow’s elite. Diplomas in hand, they are dispatched to the front lines of politics, entertainment, and science, where they will lead the battle to take back a godless nation.
Hanna Rosin spent a year and a half embedded at the college, following students from the campus to the White House, Congress, conservative think tanks, Hollywood, and other centers of influence. Her account captures this nerve center of the evangelical movement at a moment of maximum influence and also of crisis, as it struggles to avoid the temptations of modern life and still remake the world in its own image.
God’s Harvard Review Roundup
Christian Science Monitor:
“Whether these kids terrify or delight you has everything to do with your political and religious views but, one way or the other, they are people that you should probably start getting to know. God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin offers an intriguing introduction.”
“. . . how can a school introduce some of the country’s most sheltered youth to the ways of the secular world — even in hopes they will reshape it — without their being corrupted in the process? It’s a dilemma that makes for constant tension in Hanna Rosin’s nuanced and highly readable God’s Harvard.”
San Francisco Chronicle:
“God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America, is a rare accomplishment for many reasons – perhaps most of all because Rosin is a journalist who not only reports but also observes deeply. Her insights come through in her balanced portrayal of each student, the nuance with which she inserts her own first-person narration, and – not least – her dry and sometimes acerbic sense of humor.”
“The challenge for any responsible journalist approaching this subject, then, is twofold. She must approach with compassion, avoiding the stereotyping that so often characterizes books and articles about religious groups…. At the same time, she must retain her skepticism…. With God’s Harvard, Hanna Rosin aces this balancing act.”
God’s Harvard also received an impressive collection of pre-publication reviews:
“An entertaining and enlightening read.”
“A captivating look at struggles
within the conservative movement.”
“Accomplished survey of today’s most gifted
evangelical Christians coming of age.”