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Foundations of Christian Education

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Foundations of Christian Education: Addresses to Christian Teachers
Paperback, 132 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by P & R Publishing (first published January 1st 1990)
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Adam Calvert
Nov 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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This book really is foundational (go figure) for Christian education. I wish every Christian educator would read this book. Overall, this book is a very solid resource and can help every Christian teacher (and parent) better understand the importance of Christian Education.

Philosophically, I would have to say the most helpful chapter was the article by Van Til on the antithesis between secular education and Christian education. And then practically the most helpful chapter was Berkhof's article
Steven Wedgeworth
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Though no longer hitching my cart to neo-Calvinism, I still remember this book giving a solid defense of Christian education as philosophical curriculum. This might be the best way to get folks to understand Van Til, as well (he wrote half of the chapters). It certainly shows the radical nature of his view of the antithesis- He actually calls the idea that believer and non-believer can share a view of reality, "satanic." Berkhof's chapters are more moderate and philosophically traditional. The b ...more
Shelby Stafford
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books you need to read more than once to grasp the full all of it. Van Til's first chapter was phenomenal. After the first chapter, Van Til got deep into philosophisizing, consequently I wasn't tracking very well with him. Berkhof was very straight forward in showing how the theology of man, divine authority, and parental responsibilities were all caught up together in the foundations of education.
Phillip Nash
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on the reasons for Christian schooling and some foundational philosophical underpinnings for it. While written many years ago (1930's), it is still very relevant, perhaps even more so today.
Austin Hoffman
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Van Til does not mess around. He makes the antithesis between unbelief and Christianity absolutely clear. There can be no knowledge, morality, or beauty apart from the triune God. Thus, Christian education is a vital necessity for the church and obedience to God.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Helpful. Makes a good case for the need for distinctively Christian education. And then it maps out a little of what that should look like.

The chapter on authority is a gem, and the last chapter gives a nice historical overview of sorts.
Douglas Wilson
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Steve Hemmeke
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Excellent, though a bit abstract
Paul Finch
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must read to further entrench Christian teachers and admin in the educational battle! Parents, read it too.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some great essays, and some okay ones. Helpful in understanding the necessary unity in education.
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Very good essays on the antithesis and necessity of covenant education.
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Louis Berkhof (1873–1957) was a Reformed theologian best known for his Systematic Theology (1932). He taught for almost four decades at Calvin Theological Seminary and served as its president from 1931–1944. In his work on systematic theology Berkhof followed in the line of John Calvin and embraced the development of Reformed theology by the Dutch theologians Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck.