Questions about our place and purpose as human beings are at the heart of the core curriculum that every Hillsdale student takes, and that includes matters of faith.
There is an inherent tension between the religious beliefs of Thomas Jefferson, who held a number of unorthodox religious views, and the purpose of Hillsdale College and the Blake Center in teaching the essentials of the Christian faith. Rather than avoid this fact, the Blake Center seeks to be a place where people can ask hard questions in the pursuit of truth, just as Hillsdale’s students do.
Thus, Jefferson’s religious views are exactly the sort of thing we want to explore as we ask questions about matters of faith. We believe that the essential teachings of Christianity are immutable. We also believe that individual beliefs can be complicated and can change over time. Therefore, we embrace the sincere, authentic dialogue that comes with religious liberty.
Labin graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelor of arts in Christian studies and earned his master of theology degree in academic ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served as the executive vice president for institutional advancement at Nashotah House, an Anglican seminary located in Nashotah, Wisconsin. Previously, he worked as director of donor relations at Baylor University and the director of donor management at Dallas Theological Seminary.
When he’s not at work, you’ll likely find him enjoying a hike with his wife and eight kids. You may even catch him taking the family dog, Kemper, out for a walk on the grounds of the Blake Center.