by David Engelsma
School as Demand of the Covenant
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In a tradition
that goes back hundreds, even thousands, of years, godly parents in the
churches of the Protestant Reformation establish and maintain Christian
schools for the instruction of their children. This involves struggle and
sacrifice. These parents willingly pay the price in the conviction that,
as one of the Reformed confessions expresses it, good Christian schools
are a "demand of the covenant."
Reformed Education is an explanation for the people of God of the
fundamentals of Christian day-school education. The book demonstrates that
the basis of the Christian school is God's covenant of grace with
believers and their children. Treating such vital subjects as the place of
Scripture and the creeds in the school, the biblical view of culture, the
qualifications and calling of the Christian schoolteacher, and the goal of
education, the author contends that the covenant of God controls and
shapes all aspects of the Christian school.
In the course of this explanation, the book defends Christian schools
against serious challenges - challenges as old as the claim that the state
schools are adequate and challenges as new as the home-schooling movement.
This is the book to put in the hands of all believing parents. It will
encourage those committed to Christian education. It will educate those
who are doubtful. Christian schoolteachers will benefit from the book's
description of their work: a divine calling to help in the rearing of the
covenant child. Indeed, if the author is right in saying that all members
of the church, whether parents or not, should support the Christian
education of the children of believers as the church's own children, all
can read the book with profit.
Education] is a return to the teaching of Scripture ... The final
chapter on the goal of Reformed education is a gem in many ways" (The
aspects of the covenant are shown to apply to the way we view education—in
it God gives us work to do—by it God gathers up the whole of His
creation—and God establishes His covenant with believers and their [elect]
children in the line of continued generations ... READ THIS BOOK!" (The
Click here for a review of this book in the Standard Bearer.
To read a Spanish translation of "Scripture in the Schools," the second
chapter of Reformed Education, click here.