Donald J. Patterson

Philosophy of a Christian Liberal Arts Education

I was recently asked to describe my philosophy of a Christian liberal arts education.  Education is important to my family and I, and it was a good exercise for me to explicitly link education to my faith.

Therefore, a liberal arts education is the imbuing of knowledge, the development of skills for the synthesis and generation of culture, the development of an ability for critical examination of the ideas of others and the concurrent transformation of one’s character in response. A Christian liberal arts education is one that does this in the context of the cultural mandate to subdue and redeem creation and to bring about human flourishing. Ultimately this is also an act of spiritual development as it requires a partnership with the work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life so that the learning and efforts are not wasted in a secular attempt to bring God glory. ( full text )

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