An education which involves the whole person – mind, body and spirit – is the goal at Mars Hill University. This ambition corresponds to the instruction of Christ in Matthew 22:37, to ‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
The name, “Mars Hill,” is based on Acts 17, in which Paul ascended the Areopagos (or Mars’ hill in the KJV) to proclaim Christ to the intellectuals of Athens through reason and persuasive logic.
“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.” (Acts 17:22-23, KJV)
“Mars Hill,” then, represents more than a location or a point in history. The name is a metaphor for that place where reason and faith intertwine and lay a foundation for nurturing intellect and character.
Mars Hill students may experience this crossroads of faith and reason through a rigorous and wide-ranging examination of the liberal arts, paired with the spiritual challenge and growth available through the work of MHU Campus Ministries and Christian Student Groups.