Statements regarding Christian education vs. secular schools by Dr Roy Zuck (faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary):
“Is there really a “Christian view” of science, literature, and history? Aren’t the facts of science, literature, and history the same no matter where they are taught? Yes, the facts are the same. If it’s mathematics, it’s mathematics. If it’s history, it’s history. But it’s the interpretation of the facts that makes the difference. Whether my children attend a secular or a public school, they’ll learn basically the same facts, but in a Christian school they’ll learn to understand, interpret, and analyse those facts from a biblical perspective. The secular vs. Christian school issue is really a question of whether a child will learn to view life from man’s perspective or God’s perspective. From man’s viewpoint, history is purposeless; from God’s viewpoint, history has meaning. From man’s viewpoint, science is the laws of “nature” at work; from God’s viewpoint, science is the outworking of His laws. Continue reading Christian School: why it is right for your child
The following quotes are from Biblical teachers who were equally outspoken on the necessity of Christian education.
J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937)
“Education, Christianity, and the State”
“What has Christianity to do with education: What is there about Christianity which makes it necessary that there should be Christian schools? Very little, some people say. Christianity, they say, is a life, a temper of soul, not a doctrine or a system of truth; it can provide its sweet aroma, therefore, for any system which secular education may provide; its function is merely to evaluate whatever may be presented to it by the school of thought dominant at any particular time. This view of the Christian religion…is radically false. Christianity is, indeed, a way of life; but it is a way of life founded upon a system of truth. That system of truth is of the most comprehensive kind; it clashes with opposing systems at a thousand points. The Christian life cannot be lived on the basis of anti-Christian thought. Hence the necessity of the Christian school” (142,143).” Continue reading Some thoughts about Christian education
Education is God’s ordinary way for the conveyance of his grace and ought no more to be set in opposition to the Spirit than the preaching of the Word.
“A great duty enjoined, particularly to those that are the parents and instructors of children, in order to the propagating of wisdom, that it may not die with them: Train up children in that age of vanity, to keep them from the sins and snares of it, in that learning age, to prepare them for what they are designed for.”
-Matthew Henry on Proverbs 22:6