A Christian Philosophy of Education -- By: Herman A. Hoyt

Journal: Grace Journal
Volume: GJ 03:1 (Winter 1962)
Article: A Christian Philosophy of Education
Author: Herman A. Hoyt


A Christian Philosophy of Education

Herman A. Hoyt

Dean, Grace Theological Seminary

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15).

It is no secret that there is a growing emphasis upon education in our society. Industrialization since World War II threw education into contrast with it and by this made its need even more apparent than before. The rise of the nations of the East, Japan, China, India, and Russia, has given further reason for added emphasis upon education. The appearance of Sputnik further accentuated the importance of education in the fields of mathematics and the sciences.

It is not education itself but the mood of modern education that is alarming to the people of God. It has become apparent that in public education people are determined not to be informed of things on the level of the divine. Therefore the emphasis is being placed on the human level to the exclusion of the divine. This in turn is limiting the realm of reality so far as human comprehension is concerned. Thus education is being removed from the realm of absolutes, and in turn is producing a theory of relativity that is being applied to everything.

Christian education has therefore felt the impact of this mood. In areas where the Word of God was once regarded as absolute and infallible, there is now a rethinking of the whole doctrine of the Scriptures. Various and sundry approaches are being made to the Scriptures, all of them calculated to reduce their value and end in a purely human selectivity for human convenience. As a result it has produced a spirit of comproinise within bodies of believers and a subtle and growing departure from the faith.

This pinpoints a growing need for emphasis upon a sound philosophy in Christian education. This growing need calls for a new look at the foundation of all human knowledge. This means that there must be a recognition of some absolutes. There is need for a recognition of purpose that is brought into conformity with those absolutes. Nothing short of this will reverse the present trend, make for progress in the right direction, and ultimately produce the desired results for the glory of God.

To that end I desire to discuss three things in the text before us. These three things are contained in three important words of the text: “God,” “workman,” and “truth.” When placed in their proper relation to one another the result is a Christian Philosophy of Education. If there is any doubt about the importance of these things, all one need do is to eliminate anyone of the three important words from the reading of the text and the...

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