XII. Education

from the Baptist Faith & Message 2000:

Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.

In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.

Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14 | Deuteronomy 6:1-10 | Deuteronomy 31:12-13 | Nehemiah 8:1-8 | Job 28:28 | Psalms 19:7ff. | Psalms 119:11 | Proverbs 3:13ff. | Proverbs 4:1-10 | Proverbs 8:1-7,11 | Proverbs 15:14 | Ecclesiastes 7:19 | Matthew 5:2 | Matthew 7:24ff. | Matthew 28:19-20 | Luke 2:40 | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 | Ephesians 4:11-16 | Philippians 4:8 | Colossians 2:3,8-9 | 1 Timothy 1:3-7 | 2 Timothy 2:15 | 2 Timothy 3:14-17 | Hebrews 5:12-6:3 | James 1:5 | James 3:17

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