Frame (& Settecase) on Education

John M. Frame, in Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction” (Presbyterian & Reformed: Phillipsburg, 1994), writes:

One of the more unfortunate repercussions of America’s distorted view of “the separation of church and state” is that the public school children are able to hear advocacy of every system of thought except those that are arbitrarily labeled ‘religious.’ Who is to say that the truth might not be found in, or even limited to, one of these religious positions? Is it even remotely fair, in terms of freedom of thought and speech, to restrict public education to allegedly secular viewpoints? Is this not brainwashing of the worst kind?

While it’s not possible to advocate for every worldview extant in the world, it doesn’t really seem fair to exclude worldviews solely because the department heads have decided they fit into the category of “Religion,” does it?

Where does that distinction come from, anyway? Is anyone seriously going to argue that Atheistic Communism does not have all the trappings of religion, or that radical Islam does not meet the definition of “worldview?”

Christian parents need to remain vigilant as to what our kids are learning “out there,” and we must prepare to address Christianity’s conflict (and overlap) with all the worldviews our children may encounter, whether religious or “secular.”

As a Christian, your Lord, Jesus Christ, has all authority in heaven and on earth. Because that is true, you can be confident that the Bible (the fountainhead of the Christian worldview) has answers to all the questions and inconsistencies posed by the other worldviews. Is it arrogant to think that your worldview is the only totally correct worldview? Yes–but only if you invented it yourself. But you didn’t invent it yourself. You got it (and get it) from God. And you can trust Him to tell you the truth.

Here are a few Bible verses about that to chew on:

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…. (2 Cor. 10:3-5)

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Col. 2:8)

Now go tear down some ideological strongholds for your kids! Unless you trust their public schoolteachers to do it for you.


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