John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

The Point of Education -- Christian or Otherwise

Christians have always been pioneers in the fields of education and learning. For various reasons (some good and some bad), Christians have always started schools, teaching people not only Christian doctrine but to read and write well, to appreciate and understand science, medicine and mathematics. This has been true since the days of Justin Martyr and Clement of Alexandria (both of whom differed from other educators in that they admitted male and female students). Contrary to what some would have us believe, real Christians have always championed the cause of education -- from the middle of the second century to this day.

But why? Why has education always been so important to Christians?

Plantinga sums up the real reason why education and learning are so important for Christians (or at least why they should be):

The point of all this learning is to prepare to add one's own contribution to the supreme reformation project, which is God's restoration of all things that have been corrupted by evil (Engaging God's World, xii).

How is this different or similar to the ways in which you see Christian institutions approach education and learning?