John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

A "Christian" Education

A new friend from Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company found my blog and graciously sent me several new books. Anyone who knows me knows that the way to my heart is through my bookshelf! One of the books he sent is called Engaging God's World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning and Living by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. It is, in a word, fantastic.

Plantinga is now the President of Calvin Theological Seminary, but when he wrote this book he was the Dean of Chapel at Calvin College. In that capacity, he found that many students were coming to college unprepared to integrate their academic pursuits with their intellectual pursuits. They had fallen prey to what we've been talking about here on the blog in recent days about having life stuffed into various categories. School was one wedge of the game piece. Church was another. There was no overlap.

His intent is to knock down the dividing walls for students on their way into the school. In fact, this book is required reading for incoming freshmen at Calvin College.

Now, I logged plenty of time in Christian Education. I went to a Christian Elementary School. I graduated from a Christian High School. I went to a Christian University. Heck, I went to two Christian Universities and a seminary. I know that world pretty well, and I know that many of you do, too.

Many of you attended Christian schools and/or send your children to Christian schools. There are a variety of reasons for doing so, but here's what I'm interested in today:

How is "Christian" education different from regular education?