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Maintaining the Antithesis in Reformed Education

A word from John C. Burie for those striving to build the City of God rather than the City of Man:


Folio 1r from a manuscript of Augustine's, City of God (De Civitate Dei) (New York Public Library, Spencer Collection MS 30) from 1470.
Folio 1r from a manuscript of Augustine’s, City of God (De Civitate Dei) (New York Public Library, Spencer Collection MS 30) from 1470.

To this end, we as parents and educators must analyze with all trepidation new educational methods which pique our interest. Even within the context of the antithesis it would be remiss to say that there is absolutely nothing that the enemy has that is of use to us…

When a particular method of instruction proves adaptable to the environment to which God’s covenant children are to conform, then we must, by all means, transform it to such a profitable use. Without such a transformation however, we risk introducing to our environment those things which are not conducive to the covenantal education of God’s children. We must always be aware of the tools the enemy employs, and strive to understand their impetus. Though we may adapt to our method tools which, in some respects may appear similar to those used by the enemy, we can never directly employ them lest we violate the antithesis in which God has placed us.

When analyzing potential methodologies we must recognize that any neutrality in the education of God’s children is not only an impossibility (Matt. 12:30) but, to the Christian, immoral. (James 4:4).

Read more: http://www.covenanthome.com/document_detail.asp?document_id=22

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