A consultation of scholars discussing Christian educational distinctives recently located the glory of the Christian campus not in compulsory chapel, classes opened with prayer, spiritual overcomments on secular textbooks, but in faculty and student dedication to the whole truth. Secularism stands to gain more from suppression and fragmentation of truth than Christianity. Ignorance of some facts and revolt against other facts explains the isolation of education in general from the Christian world-and-life view. Scripture covets a universal knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Tim. 3:7), and Jesus Christ is himself the Truth (John 14:6). To lose a devotion to the whole truth, therefore, is to forsake the God of Truth.
Although Christianity has nothing to fear from non-Christian theories, it loses cultural relevance when it refuses to explore contemporary false alternatives to their depths. In evangelism, the preacher may well ignore objections to belief undisturbing to his hearers; the Holy Spirit can convict by a single shaft of truth and regenerate the penitent sinner. But Christian apologetics can hardly rely on this method for preserving and reinforcing truth. Nor can Christian education use this approach in the classroom if it wishes to engage seriously in the twentieth century battle for the minds of men.
One sign of reviving vigor in Christian education is the probing of evangelical academic distinctives by some small church-related colleges. In a convocation address at Trinity Christian College, a new Christian Reformed institution in Worth, Illinois, Dr. Calvin Seerveld, professor of philosophy, offered observations that CHRISTIANITY TODAY believes merit approbation from educators on other evangelical campuses:
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