The conflict between a college education and the faith that students bring to campus (secular campuses at least) is well accepted. The more you pursue a higher education, the more likely you are to abandon your faith â€” at least thatâ€™s what conventional wisdom holds.
â€œActually weâ€™ve just been wrong about this for quite a while,â€ said Mark D. Regnerus, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the authors of a new study that suggests students who attend and graduate from college are more likely than others to hold on to their faith.
Itâ€™s not that colleges necessarily encourage faith, he said, but for all the talk about how intellectuals are out to destroy studentsâ€™ relationships to their religions and God, the main obstacles to such relationships have to do with maturing and how young people spend their time. â€œSome kids were bound to lose [their faith] anyway and they do,â€ Regnerus said. But the evidence suggests that college isnâ€™t responsible.