The Pattern of God's Truth: Problems of Integration in



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  1. David Alexander David Alexander says:

    Regarding integration of faith and learning, Frank Gaebelein noted both the pitfalls of lack of primacy of place for God s word in many Christian colleges and the pitfall of trying to determine the truth from the point of revelation alone There are three approaches to determining the truth from the point of view of revelation alone, from the point of view of revelation plus reason, and from the point of view of reason only He commends only the approach of revelation plus reason Gaebelein s Regarding integration of faith and learning, Frank Gaebelein noted both the pitfalls of lack of primacy of place for God s word in many Christian colleges and the pitfall of trying to determine the truth from the point of revelation alone There are three approaches to determining the truth from the point of view of revelation alone, from the point of view of revelation plus reason, and from the point of view of reason only He commends only the approach of revelation plus reason Gaebelein s works seems to me to be an early effort to address the anti intellectualism and lack of excellence in Christian intellectual level and works especially among Protestants that was later addressed in works such as The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll and Fit Bodies, Fat Minds by Os Guinness Gaebelein seems to share a similar concern to Alcuin in the Middle Ages Both exerted their life s labor, it seems, to forwarding the gospel through advancing a robust Christian pedagogy One thing I appreciate about Gaebelein s writing is his appreciative culling of and employment of fine quotes from his obviously extensive, life long reading and study practices His quotation of Justin Martyr then is fitting given his practice All that has been well said belongs to us Christians I read Gaebelein s book The Christian, the Arts, and Truth Regaining the Vision of Greatness in my youth, not long after college, and have revisited the book a number of time through out the years It is due to a fondness for this book that I obtained and read the book under review as well Through Gaebelein, I came to read many novels by Shusaku Endo and Francois Mauriac and to explore certain works of classical music He affected the formation of my thoughts about Christianity and the arts, and his words still resonate when I read them This book in some ways isthin than The Christian, the Arts, and Truth There are some practical considerations for administering a Christian school and maintaining and growing a Christian identity It depends mainly on attracting and gathering together truly Christian faculty and urging their integration of faith into every college subject In chapter three, Gaebelein has some interesting reflections on mathematics and music in relation to the Christian faith He especially draws on Pascal and ends with a fine quote from Chateaubriand about Pascal s accomplishments, both in science and mathematics and in philosophy and religion Gaebelein consistently and urgently calls for Christian education to lead the way to higher things He notes how an analogy can be drawn between how geometry, despite its precise definition of self evident truths, can never of itself verify these truths for the simple reason that it is based on things that are at bottom unverifiable All these truths cannot be proved However, since the quality which makes them incapable of proof is not their obscurity, but rather their extreme obviousness, that lack of proof is not a defect but rather a mark of excellence From this we see that geometry cannot define objects nor prove principles, but the one and very weighty reason is that both possess an extreme inherent clarity which convinces reasonstrongly than does argumentation, wrote Pascal The heart, not merely reason, senses God, and Any proof of the existence of God presupposes faith in God One point that I want to delvedeeply is the ancient idea of the influence of music for good or evil Gaebelein seems to me to cite these sources but not to really provide a compelling argument other than invocation of ancient authorities for why we should view music this way Critics like Stanley Fish have pointed out Nazi commandants carrying out genocide during the day and listening to Brahms at night Some music obviously appeals to low impulses with lyrics and beats meant to encourage lust There is an obvious complexity and greater range and sensitivity in many forms of classical music that Rock n Roll can never attain to due to the limitations of its form Listening to fine music is no guarantor of nobility of soul The Apostle Paul urged the contemplation of the noble, praise worthy, lovely, excellent and good Such should take the place of filling our minds with what is low and base and unworthy, with just whatever our culture presents up for us to consume as if we are blind mouths , without the ability to discern when it is best to go without, and when it is best to select from a given selection the best to engage , provided those are calibrated by devotion to Christ, but it is easy to compartmentalize an excellence, to divorce the beautiful from the good and true A beautiful woman without discretion is like a gold ring in a pig s snout Rather than relativizing excellence in music, it should be integrated with the good and the true, not forever left fractured


  2. Laura Laura says:

    All at once, this book is both timeless and dated Timeless in the sense that the Christian educator must, at the forefront of his or her practice, be rooted in scriptural truths to be effective at the integration of The need for strong, Christian education is no less today that when the book was originally written 50 years ago Dated in the sense that the collective worldview of society, and of parents who elect to send their children to Christian schools today is farvaried, and thus ma All at once, this book is both timeless and dated Timeless in the sense that the Christian educator must, at the forefront of his or her practice, be rooted in scriptural truths to be effective at the integration of The need for strong, Christian education is no less today that when the book was originally written 50 years ago Dated in the sense that the collective worldview of society, and of parents who elect to send their children to Christian schools today is farvaried, and thus may require a broader understanding of worldview in general Further, some of the considerations in the book may be dated and impractical This is not a book for the Christian educator in public schools, but the Christian educator in the private Christian school While I would not say it is a must read , I will say for the Christian educator who wishes to be well versed in the literature surrounded our practice, it should be on your bookshelf


  3. Jan Jan says:

    THE best on developing a Christian Worldview in Christian education at home, school, or Christ centered community life.


  4. Adam Calvert Adam Calvert says:

    This is a classic work on Christian education by one of its foremost proponents from the 20th century, Frank Gaebelein also co editor of Christianity Today with Carl F H Henry, as well as style editor for the New International Version of the Bible It is in this book actually in the lectures from which this book was adapted that the phrase All truth is God s truth was so aptly coined And in this book consists some foundational understanding of a Biblical philosophy of Christian educati This is a classic work on Christian education by one of its foremost proponents from the 20th century, Frank Gaebelein also co editor of Christianity Today with Carl F H Henry, as well as style editor for the New International Version of the Bible It is in this book actually in the lectures from which this book was adapted that the phrase All truth is God s truth was so aptly coined And in this book consists some foundational understanding of a Biblical philosophy of Christian education.It would be nice to have a revised and updated edition maybe by a student of Gaebelein , but even as it stands it s still a great text The order of the book is great It has four manageable chapters, each filled with much to think about.1 Integration and the Truth2 The Teacher and the Truth3 The Subject and the Truth4 The Truth Beyond the ClassroomIt s unfortunate that for some reason in this book Dr Gaebelein tries to explain carbon dating and its precise capabilities without taking into account the assumptions involved in using it see Of course he may not have had this information and in the context of his book, it seems he didn t But from this position he then tries to explain that this proves that the age of the earth and the age of human beings are much older than what we ve thought so far as Christians.Aside from this random dabble in evolutionistic thinking, the book is still a tremendous value to the work of Christian education, and should still be read by Christian educators today Although, again, it d be nice for it to be revised and updated and without, or at least with a correction to, the one evolutionistic mindset subsection


  5. Lara Lleverino Lara Lleverino says:

    This book is made up of four lectures The first lecture talked in circles and used lots of undefined terms that seemed to confuse rather than enlighten Lecture two defined the source of truth as God s word the Bible and nature It also reminded of the importance of Christian teachers with the quote No man teaches out of a philosophical vacuum It also made the important point that unanimity of denomination is not essential however unanimity of faith is All in all lecture two took a long This book is made up of four lectures The first lecture talked in circles and used lots of undefined terms that seemed to confuse rather than enlighten Lecture two defined the source of truth as God s word the Bible and nature It also reminded of the importance of Christian teachers with the quote No man teaches out of a philosophical vacuum It also made the important point that unanimity of denomination is not essential however unanimity of faith is All in all lecture two took a long time to make very few points Lecture three started off promising with the topic of the integration of truth and faith in mathematics From there it briefly touched on literature and then music and there quickly degenerated to an 11 page rant on modern music in the church The final lecture touched on some interesting points about the integration of faith in extracurricular activities and in discipline in a school In this last lecture some valid and interesting points were made but over all I found the book fell well short of what I hoped would be covered about the joys and discoveries of truth, God and faith in the subjects we teach in education This book was for the most part torture to read and not worth the few quotes that I found encouraging


  6. Seth Seth says:

    Just about every new idea that current Christian educators come up with has been around at least since Gaebelein put his thoughts together This books is comprised of a series of talks given by Gaebelein at Dallas Seminary many years ago The book is not good because of the author s eloquence, but because he is spot on for every argument he makes.Of notethoughts on math and integration spurred by Pascal s The Mind of the Geomatrician thoughts on an appropriate pedagogy for music educati Just about every new idea that current Christian educators come up with has been around at least since Gaebelein put his thoughts together This books is comprised of a series of talks given by Gaebelein at Dallas Seminary many years ago The book is not good because of the author s eloquence, but because he is spot on for every argument he makes.Of notethoughts on math and integration spurred by Pascal s The Mind of the Geomatrician thoughts on an appropriate pedagogy for music education in Christian schools Is it lovely and of good report thoughts on educating Christian teachers such that they Truth is central to all they do in any given subject they re leading chapel teaching Bible classes and such


  7. Susan Susan says:

    Most of the content was obvious andof a review It was a bit frustrating to me, as the author seemed a bit condescending know it all I did appreciate several of the quips and quotes Booksarea mirror held up to life Christianity s basic postulates areunprovable in human logic, though not in the experience of the heart Once we submit to them through faith, theycan be defined and usedThey also possess an extreme inherent clarity which convinces reasonstrongly than Most of the content was obvious andof a review It was a bit frustrating to me, as the author seemed a bit condescending know it all I did appreciate several of the quips and quotes Booksarea mirror held up to life Christianity s basic postulates areunprovable in human logic, though not in the experience of the heart Once we submit to them through faith, theycan be defined and usedThey also possess an extreme inherent clarity which convinces reasonstrongly than does argumentation The art of education is never easy To surmount its difficultiesis a task worthy of the highest genius It is the training of souls


  8. Andy Kerckhoff Andy Kerckhoff says:

    It s a good book for Christian teachers and administrators It s got some terrific takeaways Highly quotable I skimmed through some long sections, which helped me enjoy the book a lot In places, it is brilliant In others, it s pretty dull It was short enough that it felt worth the investment of time.


  9. Erin King Erin King says:

    One of the better books from the required reading for ACSI It was pretty direct and actually had some really practical points A little wordy at points and not always moving forward, but pretty good food for thought.


  10. Brock Brock says:

    3.2A Family Education


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