In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus teaches the parable of the wise man and the foolish man. You likely remember how it goes: the wise man builds his house upon the rock and the foolish man builds his house upon the sand. When the storm comes, the wise man’s foundation remains and the foolish man’s foundation is swept away. Of course, the strong foundation in the parable is Jesus Christ. In like manner, laying the foundation of subjects upon Jesus Christ has everything to do with whether or not what students learn will stand or be swept away.
Laying Christ as the Foundation of Subjects
First things first: Christ is the foundation. Without Him as the foundation, everything is seen through a secular-humanist worldview.
“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”-1 Corinthians 3:11, (NKJ)
The Puritan Founders of Harvard comprehended the application of the principle from 1 Corinthians 3:11 in education. They said:
“Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed…to lay Christ at the bottom as the only Foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”-The Founding of Harvard College: Rules, and precepts that are observed in the college
That is the historical form of education in America—a Biblical framework for each sphere of life and learning.
Deep vs. Broad Foundations of Subjects
In the Biblical Classical Approach, we go deep vs. broad. Using history as an example, that isn’t to say that students don’t learn the spectrum of historical accounts; they do. However, that isn’t the primary focus. Instead, they focus primarily on learning the Biblical principles of the subject, the cause to effect, and to discern when God’s principles are being honored or violated.
In other words, as the student studies, Biblical principles are the foundation and the walls are the subject which they learn.
Family—The First Foundation of Community
Noah Webster defines community as:
“1. Properly, common possession or enjoyment; as a community of goods. 2. A society of people, having common rights and privileges, or common interests, civil, political or ecclesiastical; or living under the same laws and regulations. 3. Commonness; frequency.”–Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
Family is where children first enjoy a common possession of private property within the family unit. It’s where children first experience a “society of people.” And, it’s where children first experience commonness with other individuals.
With Christ as the foundation of each family, families become a strong foundation of each society. Families make up societies.
That’s one reason why it’s essential for Christ to be the foundation of “all sound knowledge and learning”.
Foundations begin with Biblical principles and they give a solid premise from which to reason. That’s just the beginning and it’s a tremendously wonderful beginning!
These Foundations Shape Minds for the Future
Connections are made by students as they study the Liberty Timeline in each subject. They learn to see how God uses individuals, events, institutions, and documents to move His story of liberty forward in the lives of individuals and nations. Additionally, the learn to discern when God’s principles are either being honored or violated. Furthermore, they learn to think internal to external and cause to effect. Those working components help shape their minds to think in this way and conscientiously apply God’s principles to life as they renew their minds with them.
As students make connections on the Liberty Timeline, they remember it because they interact with it regularly throughout their lessons. Comprehending the working components help them learn the how and why of events and that makes it meaningful to them.
The Pillars of Liberty are the pegs upon which students hang their memory as they teach about two views of God, man, and government—either a Biblical worldview or a secular-humanist worldview. As they learn the Biblical principles of liberty, students gain understanding and comprehend the importance and value of God’s intelligent and practical principles for life. That allows them to recall history and know how to operate in truth in all spheres of life.
These Foundations Equip Families for Life
The Biblical Classical Approach is about thinking generationally.
The Biblical Classical philosophy and method is evangelistic and discipleship oriented in nature. It’s essential because it teaches the whole child. For we all know that children begin attempting to reason from very early ages. However, being human they attempt to reason from within about the world. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to begin teaching them how to reason from true truth—Biblical principles.
The content, philosophy, and methodology matter greatly when it comes to equipping families for life in a free nation—because it’s not just about facts, events, and dates. Rather, it’s about internalizing God’s principles by the renewing of the mind and the application for Christian living.
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