Education and Christian Civilization

“I want to argue here that it is not possible to fully provide ‘the paideia of the Lord’ outside the context of a Christian civilization. If this is the case, then Paul’s command to the Ephesians, when they did not live in a Christian culture, just as we do not, means that he saw, at some point in the future, the necessity of establishing a Christian culture. And this also means he saw the provision of a Christian education as being closely related to the formation of this culture. The establishment of Christian schooling necessarily entails the establishment of a Christian culture. Culture is not possible apart from a paideia, and paideia (in the fullest sense) is not possible apart from an established culture” (The Paideia of God, p. 12).

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