An article by Eric Tucker on today’s AP wire discusses Kevin Roose, a young man who transferred from Brown University to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in order to write a book about his experience. In his recently released, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University, Roose describes how his stereotypes about the university as a hothouse of “hostile ideologues who spent all their time plotting abortion clinic protests and sewing Hillary Clinton voodoo dolls” eventually gave way to an amazing shift in his opinion of Christians.

Apart from the fact that the Liberty rulebook was unable to change everyone’s dancing/dating habits, what is so encouraging about Kevin’s account is his willingness to cross the divide and come into the ‘enemy’s territory’, not to conquer him, but to understand him.