“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
I remember quite well my earliest exemplar in Christian education, Dr. John Blanchard, commenting that the primary challenge facing the Christian teacher was to help our students develop critical thinking without creating a corrosively cynical or skeptical mindset. “All truth is God’s truth,” he would say, quoting Frank Gaebelein, so that we could be boldly confident in our teaching, while still remaining faithful shepherds of our students and of the Lord’s word. But how does one go about doing this? What is the educational framework for fusing faith and reason within the bounds of Christ’s love and authority? Can we develop a coherent evangelical approach to both the theory and the practice of Christian education, one that is inclusive, faithful, and vigorous?
Robinson, D. W. (2008). Book Review: Robert W. Pazmiño. Foundational Issues in Christian Education. International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal, 4(1).