At a university with a stated goal of bringing its students closer to Christ, many continue to debate the best way to do so.
The debate is a common one: Institute versus BYU religion classes.
Although the Church Education System and BYU’s Religious Education department work in tandem to fulfill the purpose of teaching the gospel, the programs take different approaches.
Joshua Patino, a junior from Glencoe, Minn., said he has experienced both.
“To be honest, I learned more taking religion classes at the university,” he said. “First, because I attended at least twice a week. Second, I did more personal study — probably because I needed to keep up in the class.”
Patino said his experience at Institute was more focused on the social aspect.