It can be rough, loving God in the midst of a culture of intellects. The academic world in general does not think much of the ignorant, indoctrinated Christian kids who stick out like sore thumbs in the postmodern age. And I say this as a student at a private, conservative college nestled in the Bible belt. If I can feel the condescension thickening the air whenever God is mentioned in the classroom, I'd rather not think about what some of my brothers and sisters are experiencing on other campuses.
To be fair, I'm sure a large portion of the animosity directed toward us is our own fault. If we were known for loving as Jesus loved instead of for our hypocrisy and judgment, what would the world have to complain about? Well, I'm sure they'd find something, since we've been duly warned that people will hate us for our faith (Matthew 10:22). But the point is, in many cases it is we Christians who have brought the bad name to Christianity. Just something to consider before we run around pointing fingers.
Still, there's something more going on here. And that something is the pride that comes when we make the mistake of thinking we're smart. Because "knowledge puffs up" (1 Corinthians 8:1). Empowered by learning new things and making new discoveries (which, by the way, are good things, in and of themselves), we begin to believe that we know all things, that we are entitled to all mysteries. This is especially true in the academic world, where knowledge is treasured and elevated even above the money and power that the rest of the world craves. And anyone who challenges this "standard knowledge"--for instance, by suggesting that there is an invisible God out there orchestrating the universe, or that some guy rose from the dead and floated up into the sky, promising to return--is either denounced as narrow-minded or patted on the head like a child and sent on his or her way.
Which is why I find it so comforting to read verses like: "For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength...But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong," (1 Corinthians 1:25, 27). Yes, some of the stuff we believe is pretty ridiculous by the world's standards. Laughable, even. It defies logic, reality, sanity. But personally, I think that's what makes it so darn fun. :)
Careful, now. Don't fall into the trap. Christians can do this just as easily, perhaps even more so. We think we know it all. Every Biblical interpretation down pat, every truth uncovered. As a result, we refuse to listen to other people's opinions with an open mind and heart. But God has always been bigger than anything our finite minds can comprehend, and He's full of surprises. So pay attention; you just might learn something new.