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CHRIST, THE UNIFYING FACTOR
The world’s educators and philosophers have sensed the fragmentation of knowledge with which they are working and have searched without success to find some unifying factor to pull it all together in one whole. The Christian philosophy has that unity of truth in Jesus Christ. He is the image of the invisible God by whom all things were created, who is before all things and by whom all things consist, or hold together. Colossians 1:15-17. To use Gaebelein’s expression, “All truth is God’s truth” and all knowledge must fit into the “pattern of God’s truth.” The truth is revealed in two forms: Jesus said, “I am the truth.” He also said, “Thy Word (the Bible) is truth.” God, by the Holy Spirit, enlightens the reason of a Christian as he studies God’s revelation in the Bible and in nature. The ultimate criterion of truth is the Bible. We must not let our human understanding of nature be made the norm for acceptance of the Bible.
Some unique characteristics of Christian philosophy of education are:
Don’t tell people what to think.
Do indoctrinate. You can’t teach without indoctrinating.
Tell people what to think.
Proverbs 22:6-“Train up a child in the way he should go.” There is a way that is right.
Disciples who were commanded to teach others.
Parents who are responsible to teach their children.
Pastors who are to teach faithful men.
Last updated by Lisa Lanpher Jan 22, 2013.