Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Education (Part 1)

Lord willing, I will be conducting several posts
on the subject of education,
particularly primary education.
For now though I want to share one quote
I came across...

“Non-Christian education puts the child in a vacuum…. The result is that child dies. Christian education alone really nurtures personality because it alone gives the child air and food…. Modern educational philosophy gruesomely insults our God and our Christ. How, then, do you expect to build anything positively Christian or theistic upon a foundation which is the negation of Christianity and theism?…. No teaching of any sort is possible except in Christian schools.”

Cornelius Van Til,
“Foundations of Christian Education"
(Presbyterian & Reformed, 1990)

John Calvin, commenting on Ephesians 6:4, says:

“It is not the will of God that parents shall … corrupt their children. Let their conduct towards their children be … to guide them in the fear of the Lord, and correct them also when they go astray.”

This presupposes that parents are living out the command in Deuteronomy 6. It's a choice we have to make either we submit our lives to the Word of God, or we lay our children at the alter of the state.