Children of church members were attending college, only to reject the faith of their parents. Jones later recalled that in , his friend William Jennings Bryan had leaned over to him at a Bible conference service in Winona Lake, Indiana , and said, "If schools and colleges do not quit teaching evolution as a fact, we are going to become a nation of atheists.
Jones said that although he had been averse to naming the school after himself, his friends overcame his reluctance "with the argument that the school would be called by that name because of my connection with it, and to attempt to give it any other name would confuse the people. Both time and place were inauspicious. The Florida land boom had peaked in , and a hurricane in September further reduced land values.
The Great Depression followed hard on its heels. Bob Jones College barely survived bankruptcy and its move to Cleveland, Tennessee in In the same year, the college also ended participation in intercollegiate sports. Nevertheless, Jones's move to Cleveland proved extraordinarily advantageous.
Bankrupt at the nadir of the Depression, without a home, and with barely enough money to move its library and office furniture, the college became in thirteen years the largest liberal arts college in Tennessee. With the enactment of GI Bill at the end of World War II , the college was virtually forced to find a new location and build a new campus.
In , Bob Jones III became president at age 32, though his father, with the title of Chancellor, continued to exercise considerable administrative authority into the late s. Others take ministry positions straight from college, and rising juniors participate in a church internship program to prepare them for the pastoral ministry. In there were 1, BJU graduates serving as senior or associate pastors in churches across the United States.
BJU has taken the position that orthodox Christians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including fundamentalists agreed that while the KJV was a substantially accurate translation, only the original manuscripts of the Bible written in Hebrew and Greek were infallible and inerrant. More than a hundred concerts, recitals, and laboratory theater productions are also presented annually.
In , of the finalists from previous years returned to BJU as freshmen. We, however, cannot conscientiously let some group of educational experts or some committee of experts who may have a behavioristic or atheistic slant on education control or even influence the administrative policies of our college.
We have lived up to our convictions. Candidate status—effectively, accreditation—was obtained in April , and full membership in the Association was conferred in November From to , BJU admitted only married blacks, although the Internal Revenue Service IRS had already determined in that "private schools with racially discriminatory admissions policies" were not entitled to federal tax exemption. In , the University Board of Trustees authorized a change in policy to admit black students, a move that occurred shortly before the announcement of the Supreme Court decision in Runyon v.
Supreme Court in United States U. The year following the Court decision, contributions to the university declined by 13 percent. In , the university declared itself "profoundly sorry" for having allowed "institutional policies to remain in place that were racially hurtful".
Jones was a friend and admirer of William Jennings Bryan but also campaigned throughout the South for Herbert Hoover and against Al Smith during the presidential election. For instance, in , Bob Jones, Sr. The transcript was sent in pamphlet form in fund-raising letters and sold in the university bookstore. In the sermon, Jones states "If you are against segregation and against racial separation, then you are against God Almighty.
From nearly the inception of Bob Jones College, a majority of students and faculty were from the northern United States , where there was a larger ratio of Republicans to Democrats than in the South which was solidly Democratic. Therefore, almost from its founding year, BJU had a larger portion of Republicans than the surrounding community. In , candidates supported by BJU faculty and alumni captured the local Republican party with unfortunate short-term political consequences, but by the religious right and the "country club" Republicans had joined forces.
Ronald Reagan spoke at the school in , although the Joneses supported his opponent, John Connally , in the South Carolina primary. Bush —whom Jones called a "devil"—as his vice president. Bush, as candidate for President, spoke during school's chapel hour.
His political opponents quickly noted his non-mention of the university's ban on interracial dating. During the Michigan primary, Bush was also criticized for not stating his opposition to the university's anti-Catholicism. At a news conference following the letter's release, Bush said, "I make no excuses.
I had an opportunity and I missed it. I wish I had gotten up then and seized the moment to set a tone, a tone that I had set in Texas, a positive and inclusive tone. The McCains have an adopted daughter from Bangladesh , and later push polling also implied that the child was biracial.
When asked by a Newsweek reporter if he wished to play a political role, Stephen Jones replied, "It would not be my choice. The main message we have is to individuals. Chip Felkel, a Greenville Republican consultant, noted that some of the candidates closely identified "with the folks at Bob Jones. So it makes sense for them to want to be there.
Nevertheless, about a quarter of all BJU graduates continue to live in the Upstate , and as long-time mayor Knox White has said, "The alumni have had a big impact on every profession and walk of life in Greenville.
The institution moved into its initial 25 buildings during the —48 school year, and later buildings were also faced with the light yellow brick chosen for the originals. According to David Steel, curator of European art at the North Carolina Museum of Art , Erin Jones "brought that museum into the modern era", employing "a top-notch curator, John Nolan", and following "best practices in conservation and restoration".
The museum now regularly cooperates with other institutions, lending works for outside shows such as a Rembrandt exhibit in In , the museum announced that a new home would be built at a yet undetermined located off the BJU campus. Although she had no experience in cinema, she took summer courses at the University of Southern California and received personal instruction from Hollywood specialists, such as Rudolph Sternad. Civil War, 16th-century Spain, and the late 19th-century South—the latter a fictionalized treatment of the life of Methodist evangelist, Robert Sayers Sheffey.
Beyond the Night closely follows an actual 20th-century missionary saga in Central Africa, and The Printing uses composite characters to portray the persecution of believers in the former Soviet Union. According to The Dove Foundation , The Printing "no doubt will urge Christian believers everywhere to appreciate the freedoms they enjoy.
The Cinema Production program is designed to give professional training in all facets of motion picture production. This training combines classroom instruction with hands-on experience in a variety of areas including directing, editing, and cinematography. Before graduation, seniors produce their own high-definition short film which they write, direct, and edit. More than a million pre-college students around the world use BJU textbooks, and the press has about 2, titles in print.
The BJU Creed, written in by journalist and prohibitionist Sam Small , is recited by students and faculty four days a week at chapel services.
Warfield — through Charles Brokenshire — to current BJU faculty members and graduates. For instance, the —16 Student Handbook states, "Students are to avoid any types of entertainment that could be considered immodest or that contain profanity, scatological realism, sexual perversion, erotic realism, lurid violence, occultism and false philosophical or religious assumptions.
In , a homosexual alumnus was threatened with arrest if he visited the campus. This requirement has since been loosened; men are allowed the option of wearing polo shirts or dress shirts on weekdays until 5 pm, and are no longer required to wear ties. Women are required to wear skirts and dresses on campus on weekdays until 5 pm. They are also required to attend chapel four days a week, as well as at least two services per week at an approved "local fundamental church.
For instance, the Handbook notes that "there is no specific Bible command that says, 'Thou shalt not be late to class', but a student who wishes to display orderliness and concern for others will not come in late to the distraction of the teacher and other students.
The university also competed in intercollegiate debate within the National Educational Debate Association , in intercollegiate mock trial and computer science competitions, and participated at South Carolina Student Legislature. The university requires all unmarried incoming freshman students under the age of 23 to join one of 45 "societies". Societies compete with one another in intramural sports, debate, and Scholastic Bowl.
The school began its inaugural intercollegiate season with four teams: Intercollegiate golf and cross country teams were added in the — school year.