July 15, 2017 from the Wichita Eagle
By Katherine Burgess
This piece in the Wichita Eagle highlights 3 classical Christian schools in the area, but it also helps to explain the growing trend of educating in a classical Christian school.
Much makes its way into the blogosphere without mention here at the Classical Difference. But, the continued shock and awe of ‘normal’ Americans buying into the LGBTQ deception, in ways that are abusing children, has become a stark reality. Toby Sumpter, Pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, offers a desperately needed reality check to the insanity that is swirling in Christian communities today. Classical Christian educators put things into perspective– providing insightful wisdom. Pastor Sumpter’s call for Wisdom could not come soon enough.
By: David Goodwin, ACCS President
Rod Dreher recently reported in the American Conservative just how quickly American Christians are adapting to the LGBT narrative, and how Christian leader Al Mohler doubts Evangelicals have the depth to mount a serious resistance to that narrative. Evangelical Christians are the most likely to hold to a traditional view of marriage today– 61% of white evangelicals in the study Dreher cited. This, while the mainstream Christians are down around 28%. The reason is obvious for those of us who are evangelicals. Along the historical path, Evangelicals were inoculated with an idea: The Bible is literally true. But how long will our citadel of literal truth in scripture hold out? Likely, not long. And here’s why.
The Evangelical Church sprung from a fundamentalist branch of protestantism that took the Bible as God-breathed. The difficulty for mainstream Evangelicals is that we are now stuck in an airlock between old-time fundamentalist groups and the liberalized view that scripture must bend to the culture to remain relevant. So, when Paul says that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6, 1 Timothy 1, Romans 1), or that marriage is between a man and a woman (1 Corinthians 7), must his statements be taken seriously today? Leviticus aside, we eat bacon. So shouldn’t we contextualize scripture?
What has been lost with Evangelicals is the intellectual tradition of Christianity. Evangelicals scramble to rightly contextualize God’s word because we are not intellectually equipped to do so. For a time, Evangelicals will hold out in our crumbling biblical citadel. We will take Paul and Christ at their word. Evangelicals who lack a systematic truth system based in scripture will succumb to the lie offered by our culture. This is why we Evangelicals should embrace classical Christian education. In classical Christian classrooms, we remember that Jesus was given all authority in heaven AND on earth. We study every single subject as an integrated whole with theology as the queen, ruling over all knowledge. We dedicate the 16,000 hours that our children are in school to this one critical task.
In the end, Al Mohler was right. Most Evangelicals do not presently have the ability to execute the Benedict Option. But if we return to the systematic theology of our protestant forefathers (and the educational system they used to perpetuate that theology), we have the strength of the gospel on our side. It really does all hold together with the power of His Word.
“The right defense against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.” –C.S. Lewis
It’s no surprise that young people are being indoctrinated against Christianity at all levels of academia. We are grateful that once again, classical Christian education is specifically named by Dr. Carol Swain as a way of training students to think Christianly before they face the pressures of the left in college.
The Gospel Coalition’s news service is the latest to notice the rapid growth of classical Christian education.
Most of us were young as the last reflections of public Christian culture were fading. This reminder by Eric Metaxas in the Wall Street Journal is a story that should be told. While arguably the crowning achievement of the 20th century, America’s visit to the moon was laced with a vestige of Christian piety– by Buzz Aldrin. In the conflicted age in which we live, NASA kept it quiet until recently.
In the current issue of The Classical Difference, we mention Nova Classical Charter in Minneapolis as an example of the problem of Charter classical schools. This story from our friends at First Things was not available when The Difference went to press. Reality is actually worse than we thought.
Less we feel complacent, with the belief that the outcome of the national election was a repudiation of this type of action, we should note that Trump supports a state’s right to take this action (or so he said when asked about LGBT issues). Whatever side of politics you are on, Christians should strive to take responsibility for the education of their own children, independent of state influence.
We’re fans of Prager University, an online educational service that serves up some excellent views, 5 minutes at a time. We often recommend their 5 minute pieces, including this one https://www.prageru.com/courses/history/why-modern-art-so-bad. Now, we haven’t viewed all their content; they have countless videos on their site. So, we can’t vouch for every one. But the problem is that you may not get to judge for yourself, if Google’s Youtube has anything to say about it.
Youtube began censoring these educational videos– 16 in all. Some talk about the Korean War, others about whether Bush lied about Iraq. There is no obscene content in them. “Objectionable” in the eyes of Youtube, apparently is anything their censors disagree with.
This is just one more reason we need independent education for Christian kids. The liberal noose continues to censor, restrict, constrain, and sometimes shout down any ideas that are offensive to our society’s elite. And, they’re offended by a lot these days. Take a look at the list of videos that they censored. And, if you feel like it, sign the petition.
Dr. Steve Turley’s article in The Christian Post certainly turned heads with its provocative title. Dr. Turley’s extended support for the widely growing influence of CCE explains just what makes classical Christian education so popular. We encourage you to listen to this radio broadcast where he explains further. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q_qcTYjitA
This past week, The Eric Metaxas show aired an hour-long broadcast on classical Christian education and the Common Core with ACCS President, David Goodwin. In this podcast, Metaxas and Goodwin discuss the 5-way power play around the Common Core that will impact American education for the worse, and what parents can do about it.
Also, the ‘virtues’ of classical Christian education come to light as they discuss what parents like about classical Christian education. (if you can’t see the image below, go here: https://soundcloud.com/the-eric-metaxas-show/david-goodwin#c=0&t=0:00)