Christian education is distinctly different from secular educational processes in that it puts knowledge and learning into the context of faith and piety, i.e., into relationship with knowledge about God and ultimate truth and with the attitudes we should adopt in the light of such knowledge. At its heart is a world and life view with God at its center.

Education divorced from faith and piety is not merely truncated but distorted. If a Christian’s formal education is received exclusively under secular auspices, he must necessarily complement and correct it by spiritual insights secured outside the halls of academia—in the churches or within Christian fellowship groups operating on secular campuses. Such a clarification of secular knowledge is essential, but it is rarely possible to achieve a real integration of faith and learning on the basis of a purely secular intellectual diet supplemented by occasional Christian correctives and additions. The task of integration is the specific calling of Christian colleges, which they not only perform for their students but also make available through them to the general Christian public.

Christian history teaches us that God has called and used believers equipped with both piety and learning to build his Church. Paul is the outstanding New Testament example of the combination of faith and scholarship. Turn the pages of history and you find figure after figure emulating him in this double endeavor: Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Samuel Rutherford, John and Charles Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, and Adoniram Judson, to name only a few. Of course there have also been many effective servants of God who did not have academic training: John Bunyan, William Carey, D. L. Moody, and Billy Sunday, for ...

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