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Van Til and Berkhof call for biblically sound Christian education that is self-consciously engaged in the spiritual battle for the minds of students.


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Van Til and Berkhof call for biblically sound Christian education that is self-consciously engaged in the spiritual battle for the minds of students.

30 review for Foundations of Christian Education: Addresses to Christian Teachers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Fulton

    As the title says, this book sets the foundations for Christian education. It goes over philosophical (moral) issues that teachers really ought to be thinking about. I’d highly recommend this dense little book for someone looking to develop their philosophy of education. But it’s important to remember this is designed to be foundational, so the book doesn’t often stray into practical how-tos. It focuses on the whys.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zack

    Berkhof’s contributions are for the most part brilliant. They are well-written, clear, concise (not a word wasted), and germane to the subject. 5/5 for his parts. Van Til’s addresses were frequently rambling, full of bizarre literary and cultural allusions/references, redundant, and tedious in the reading. The good ideas in Van Til’s contributions could have been recorded on 1.5 pages without any loss of substantive content. 1/5 for his parts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adam Calvert

    This book really is foundational (go figure) for Christian education. I wish every Christian educator would read this book. Overall, this book is a very solid resource and can help every Christian teacher (and parent) better understand the importance of Christian Education. Philosophically, I would have to say the most helpful chapter was the article by Van Til on the antithesis between secular education and Christian education. And then practically the most helpful chapter was Berkhof's article This book really is foundational (go figure) for Christian education. I wish every Christian educator would read this book. Overall, this book is a very solid resource and can help every Christian teacher (and parent) better understand the importance of Christian Education. Philosophically, I would have to say the most helpful chapter was the article by Van Til on the antithesis between secular education and Christian education. And then practically the most helpful chapter was Berkhof's article on authority, in which he gave a very good estimate of the value and application of Biblical discipline. Truly this book really puts education into its proper Christian perspective. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone and everyone involved in Christian education - parents, teachers, pastors, Sunday School helpers - anyone and everyone. Get this book and start to apply the concept that no fact is learned rightly unless it is learned in its right relationship to God (p. 16).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Wilson

    Great.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Parkison

    The three stars is strictly because this little book was redundant and repetitive in a lot of places. But the content deserves 5 stars. In terms of anthropology, the antithesis is always relevant. Education is not neutral, and there is a distinctly Christian vision for education and my distinctly non-Christian visions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Philip Brown

    I teach in a Christian school. I like Berkhof. I really like Van Til. 5 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    Some strong points in favor of Christian day schools. Van Til’s antithesis being particularly compelling as an argument; however, the book suffers from the fact that Van Til is a slog to get through. Would not be the first resource I recommend on Christian education.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Stafford

    This is one of those books you need to read more than once to grasp the full all of it. Van Til's first chapter was phenomenal. After the first chapter, Van Til got deep into philosophisizing, consequently I wasn't tracking very well with him. Berkhof was very straight forward in showing how the theology of man, divine authority, and parental responsibilities were all caught up together in the foundations of education. This is one of those books you need to read more than once to grasp the full all of it. Van Til's first chapter was phenomenal. After the first chapter, Van Til got deep into philosophisizing, consequently I wasn't tracking very well with him. Berkhof was very straight forward in showing how the theology of man, divine authority, and parental responsibilities were all caught up together in the foundations of education.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Nash

    An excellent book on the reasons for Christian schooling and some foundational philosophical underpinnings for it. While written many years ago (1930's), it is still very relevant, perhaps even more so today. An excellent book on the reasons for Christian schooling and some foundational philosophical underpinnings for it. While written many years ago (1930's), it is still very relevant, perhaps even more so today.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Austin Hoffman

    Van Til does not mess around. He makes the antithesis between unbelief and Christianity absolutely clear. There can be no knowledge, morality, or beauty apart from the triune God. Thus, Christian education is a vital necessity for the church and obedience to God.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lucas

    Helpful. Makes a good case for the need for distinctively Christian education. And then it maps out a little of what that should look like. The chapter on authority is a gem, and the last chapter gives a nice historical overview of sorts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve Hemmeke

    Excellent, though a bit abstract

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paul Finch

    A must read to further entrench Christian teachers and admin in the educational battle! Parents, read it too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    mpsiple

    Some great essays, and some okay ones. Helpful in understanding the necessary unity in education.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Very good essays on the antithesis and necessity of covenant education.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kickham

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vanda Dien

  18. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Grace

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ian

  21. 4 out of 5

    Drew

  22. 5 out of 5

    Trent Still

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

  25. 5 out of 5

    J. Bush

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Doy Flower

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Van Sickle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

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