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Philosophy of Christian Education
by Young D. Shin
I am committed to an educational philosophy which is not after the traditions of men, or the principles of this world, but after Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:8). Christian education means that Christ is central to education. Consequently, my educational theory, methods, and practice must be built upon Christ as their cornerstone. Because there is only one God and one Christ, there is only one truth. I believe that this truth must be the center and criterion of Christian education.
In order for education to be consistently Christian I, as a teacher must self-consciously teach all subjects in the framework of biblical authority. To accomplish this I have to have a methodology that guarantees its biblical character. The proper method is to use the Bible in each and every course both directly and indirectly. It is applied directly when I derive our understanding of each topic from the actual statements of the Bible, and use the text of Scripture appropriately in each subject. It is applied indirectly as I work out the implications of biblical truth as the proper framework for understanding each subject.
One important goal of Christian education is to teach the student to reason biblically. Because of this, the educational process must show how the doctrinal truths of God’s Word provide the Christian worldview.
Nature of the Learner
In every area of study, I want to help students to understand God’s perspective and think His thoughts after Him. To do this, they must grow in their knowledge of the Word of God and learn the mind of Christ. They must learn to reason in terms of biblical truth, and develop a truly consistent biblical worldview. They must be taught how to rightly discern and judge all things in the light of Scripture. Christian education fails if it does not instill the pattern of thinking after God’s words and logic.
Making the Disciples of Christ
For a biblical curriculum to be profitable, it is necessary for the teacher to practice a biblical method of teaching. Both the mind and the will of the student need to be trained and brought into subjection to God’s authority. I will pray and work to the end that the student’s reasoning will submit to God’s authority.
Not only should the student be taught to reason in a consistent, biblical, organized manner, but to exercise proper biblical discipline to reach the goal. By warning against unbelief, rebellion, and the spirit of this age, I am committed to train the student to become a disciple of Christ.