Phi Beta Cons


More on William & Mary and the Wren Cross, from the Campus magazine blog:

Nichol and his cohorts are quite clever. By returning the cross to permanent display in the chapel, they are trying to quiet cross supporters. Yet by housing the cross under glass, the committee is suggesting that the cross is a museum piece, not a living symbol–more akin to a dinosaur bone or ancient skull than an object of reflection or aid to worship. Nichol needs to be asked: Why put the cross under glass?
The committee’s decision also leaves open to interpretation exactly where the cross will be placed. Who will decide what constitutes “a prominent, readily visible place”? Is not the altar the most “prominent, readily visible place” in the chapel? Yet the committee is careful not to name the altar as the place of display. Any other location for the cross serves to diminish the Christian identity of the Wren Chapel.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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