At the heart of the Christian stake in education and the arts is commitment to the truth. God is the God of truth; Christ is the Lord of truth; the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth; and the Bible is the written Word of truth. The Christian is obligated to venture into education and art in total submission to the truth.
All truth is of God. Thus any dichotomy between secular and sacred is intolerable. The Christian cannot relegate education and the arts to the realm of the secular or mundane, for they are part of God’s truth and are answerable to it. While there are different orders of truth, in God there is an essential unity of truth.
The redeemed man has been given inner unity through Christ. As a new creation, born of the Spirit who dwells in his heart by faith, he mirrors within himself something of the very unity of God. The unreconciled man is at war within himself; as such he is schizophrenic, and his life and works reflect disunity and alienation.
So the Christian stake in education and the arts centers in the unity of truth. In education this means a philosophy that relates all fields of knowledge to God and that reflects a totally Christian world view.
The Christian educator must be intellectually honest. His commitment to truth as revealed in Jesus Christ through the Scriptures, and in the world must be complete. Likewise, the Christian artist must paint, write, compose, or perform in the integrity of the new man in Christ.
But there are some who still ask with Tertullian, “What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?,” and with him answer negatively. Those who do so confuse the pursuit of excellence in education with a cold intellectualism. Artistic endeavor and intellectual research are for them suspect as inconsequential ...1
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