Christian and secular education

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Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-198) was arguably one of the greatest 19th century theologians. He was also a Southern Presbyterian pastor, Confederate Army chaplain and Stonewall Jackson's chief of staff and biographer. He was a man of substance. Dabney understood that a major battle field for the hearts and minds of the next generation is fought in the sphere of education. He recognised that education cannot be done within an ethical or moral vacuum. Dabney knew that education is conducted on top of religious presuppositions. 

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Some of the Australian Curriculum Board Members

These men know that education is not ethically neutral. They understand the raging battle for the hearts and minds of future generations of Tasmanians and Australians. All of them realise that he who controls the schools rules the world.

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Gospel education

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Education is about who is sovereign; God or man. It cannot occur within an ethical vacuum (1 Cor. 10:31). Truth is not an abstraction; it is a person, the God-man Jesus. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge start with and are found in Him (Prov. 1:7, Col. 3:2). He is the source of all truth and knowledge. Nothing can be known without presupposing the God of Scripture. An education that denies the Lordship of Jesus over any area of faith and life is simply idolatrous (Deut. 6:4-15, Prov. 1:7, Matt. 28:18-20) and scandalous. This should strike godly fear into all Christian fathers.

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Spurgeon's warning to parents

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Charles Spurgeon's insightful analysis of sending children to secular schools is a good Biblical warning to Christian parents who are considering Australian state schools. 

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