Religion is inherently educational, and education is inherently religious.
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In order to survive and flourish, all religions demand an educational component. This is true of false religions as well as of Christianity. Religion is inherently educational.
Muslims train and teach their children to become accustomed, willing, and in fact eager to commit the most barbaric acts imaginable to please Allah. They plan to eliminate all other religions and create a global caliphate. They intend to begin this themselves and for their children to complete the task.
Judaism and Christianity
Judaism and Christianity are thoroughly educational. Our Lord Jesus could have chosen to come to earth as a scribe, a Pharisee, a tax collector, a farmer, a shepherd, or some other kind of professional or manual laborer. His choice was to be known as “a teacher come from God”, often called “Rabbi.”
The last words He spoke to us were “Go . . . teach all things”. This is not “the great suggestion”: it is the great commission. 2 Timothy 2:2 describes this as a process: “the things that thou has heard of me . . . the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” Paul teaches Timothy, Timothy teaches faithful men, faithful men teach other faithful men, and so on until a faithful link in the chain teaches us.
All Education Systems
Just as important, but much more subtle, all education is inherently religious. In other words, we educate for a reason. We educate children in order to perpetuate our worldview, our culture, our religion.
We observe this in literature: every novel, short story, and poem is written with an educational purpose. That’s why literature is so powerful, for good or for evil. Art for art’s sake does not exist.
When Nathan had to confront David regarding his great sin, he was putting his life in danger. He disarmed David by telling him a short story that stirred his righteous indignation. The king determined the appropriate response, painting himself into a very small corner.
The process simplified is that literature disarms, engages, and persuades. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan precisely for this reason with the same outcome. He often used parables in this way.
Insightful, alert English teachers play a critical role in Christian education. How valuable they are!
Education may not appear to be religious and may even insist that it is thoroughly secular. Me thinks they do protest too much. Secular humanism is, of course, a religion.