Essays on Christian Education (Westminster Discount) (Van Til)

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This volume describes the field of Christian education from the perspective of practical analysis as well as introducing ideas of educational philosophy and its relation to the Christian school. Van Til addresses issues facing the teacher in Christian education, along with their relationship to educational philosophy and non-Christian educators.


Table of Contents:

Part I: Christ and Culture

1. The Culture of Our Time

A. The Goal of Culture

B. The Standard of Culture

C. The Motivation of Culture

2. Our Inspiration

A. The Synthesis View

B. C.S. Lewis

3. How Reasonable It Seems

A. The Starting Point

B. The Christian Program

Part II: The Christian School Today

1. Christ and Culture

2. Satan: The Spirit Who Always Opposes

A. Satan in Paradise

B. The Global War

3. The First Cultural Conflict

A. Noah and His Contemporaries

B. The Ark as Cultural Symbol

4. The Covenant of Grace

A. The Theocracy

B. Daniel and His Companions

5. The City of God and the City of Man

A. The Goal of Culture

B. The Standard of Culture

C. The Motivation of Culture

6. Man-Centered Education

A. A Man-Centered Goal of Education

B. A Man-Centered Standard of Education

C. A Man-Centered Motivation in Education

7. The Dialogue Between Christian and Non-Christian Educators

 Part III:

A. The Dilemma of Education


1. The Instrumentalist’s View of Education

A. Dewey’s Positive Claims

B. Purification of Environment

C. The School as the Central Integrating Agency

D. Religion in Dewey’s System

E. Summary

2. The Idealist’s View of Education

A. Idealistic Criticism of Dewey’s Instrumentalism

B. The Idealistic Principle of Continuity

C. Plato Also Opposes Tales

D. Dewey vs. Plato

E. Pinpointing the Dilemma

3. Some Recent Views on Education

A. The Harvard Report

B. Arnold S. Nash

C. Henry P. Van Dusen

4. Various Christian (Non-Reformed) Views of Education

A. The Roman Catholic View

B. Protestantism in General

C. Report of the N.A.E. Committee

D. God-Centered Education in Fundamentalism

E. The Principle of Unity in Fundamentalism

5. The Reformed View of Education

A. The Goal of Education

B. Criterion in Education

C. The Motivating Principle in Education

D. The Unity of Culture

E. Common Grace

B. The Christian Scholar

1. The Need for Leadership

A. The Via Media

B. The Theological Revival

C. The Unifying Element

D. Christian Ambiguity

2. Second Thoughts

A. The Five Motifs

B. The Protestant Principle

C. Williams’ Christ

3. William H. Poteat

A. First and Second Order Decisions

B. The Christ-Event

C. Poteat’s Irrationalism

4. The Basis of Christian Scholarship

A. The American Scholar

B. The American Scholar Baptized


1. The Education of man – A Divinely Ordained Need

2. Faith and Our Program

3. The Full-Orbed Life

4. Antitheses in Education 



Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987) was born in Grootegast, the Netherlands, and immigrated with his family to America in 1905. He attended Calvin College and Calvin Seminary before completing his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University with the ThM and PhD degrees. Drawn to the pastorate, Van Til spent one year in the ministry before taking a leave of absence to teach apologetics at Princeton Seminary. When the seminary reorganized, he was persuaded to join the faculty of the newly founded Westminster Theological Seminary. He remained there as professor of apologetics until his retirement in 1975. Van Til wrote more than twenty books, in addition to more than thirty syllabi.