Philosophy of Christian Education Essay

2583 Words Mar 10th, 2008 11 Pages
"The church teaches. It always has and always will. From the Great Commission to its earliest confessions and catechisms, the church has viewed teaching as an integral part of its life and ministry."
It has been noted that there is a distinct difference between a "Christian philosophy of education" and a "philosophy of Christian education." The former being only one of many applicable and credible forms of education and the latter being the only viable form of education. We, as a collective person, were made in the image of God. With this premise given, God alone would hold the keys to educating the entire person, and all other educational systems and philosophies, while holding some truth, cannot hold all truth. Any educational system
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We are created in the image of God, and therefore have the ability to think creatively. That independent thinking must be taught under the umbrella of a Scripturally based curriculum. Scripture is not afraid of the hard, academic questions, but many teach as if they must fear any questioning that arises outside of their established curriculum. God is the source of all truth, so why fear a question that arises from studying His truth? Remember, the undeniable reality of God is the premise of Christian education.
The curriculum must follow this pattern: "If God is the ultimate reality, if truth is inseparably related to His revelation, and if the objective of church education is to make people like Jesus Christ, then the centrality of the Bible in the church's curriculum is a foregone conclusion." Any other attempt to convey truth without including the truth of Scripture is faulty at best. The last few decades have seen ‘truth' subjectively defined and the truth of Scripture placed equally along side of other religious truths and the student is told to take this leap of faith to see what is the best truth for them. "The Kierkegaardian seed produced the neo-orthodox plant which now gives forth an existential rose. But such a rose by any other name is still heresy…"
The Christian educator outside of the home must realize that the responsibility for the education of that child is given to the parents. The
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