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Overview "All truth is God's Truth" is a familiar mantra in discussions of the connections between Christianity and Education. In The Pattern of God's Truth, Frank E. Gaebelein emphasizes the unity of the truth of God. In this volume, Gaebelein suggests that the gap between the goals and ideals of Christian education and their application in the classroom and school be closed. The book explores important and practical ways of creating harmony between Christianity and education.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1985
Publisher B M H C Press
ISBN 0884691705 ISBN13 9780884691709
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More About Frank E. Gaebelein
The late Frank E. Gaebelein (New York University and Harvard University) for many years held the position of headmaster of the Stony Brook School. He was coeditor of Christianity Today and devoted himself to editing, writing, and speaking.
Frank E. Gaebelein was born in 1899 and died in 1983.
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Book Critique-Review Dec 22, 2009
In analyzing the impact of The Pattern of God's Truth, authored by Frank E. Gaebelein and its effect on one's educational philosophy, it is clear that the text of the book causes one to reevaluate the external foundation that supports the educational philosophy. From an individual standpoint after reading the text one is better able to seek God's truth in every aspect of life and work. One has a better understanding that all truth internal, external, academic and nonacademic all result in alignment with the infinite truth of God that is universal. In fact, the author denotes "God's truth is of universal scope, this being the case, every aspect of education must be brought into relation with it" (Gaebelein, 1968, p. 7).
Gaebelein addresses the integration of faith and learning and how it is a challenge for Christian teachers. He explains that the integration of faith and learning is a difficult process that exists between the external and internal and it primarily deals with the union between the administration, subject matter and its staff (Gaebelein, 1968). An example is used in the text regarding astronomy for further clarity. In the context of faith representing the external and learning a representation of the internal then the part which is internal learning has to become a part of the whole which is the external faith. Gaebelein denotes in the text that secular education suffers from not being able to make the connection between the internal and external educational modes which results in the crux of the problem (Gaebelein, 1968). What is lacking is internal education based on God's word as opposed to teaching founded on natural and social principles (Gaebelein, 1968). One believes that the sum of the parts contribute to the whole; with education being equal to the part and faith being equal to the whole. One also agrees that integration of any one thing is challenging as it brings about change which is not easily acceptable. The integration of faith may adhere to challenges where there is little growth or no faith present or there are two conflicting faiths that represent different religions. Another aspect of difficulty of integration arises when believers are double minded and choose to not take a complete stand for God, partially in the world and partially hinging on their faith in God. Gaebelein supports this by writing, "In Christian philosophy it is either all or nothing; there are no halfway measures despite the often unconscious attempt, on the part of many of us, to compromise" (Gaebelein, 1968, p. 43). Additionally, the bible says in James 1:8 "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" (King James Version). The author proclaims the fix for the problem of integration is to make Christianity and the bible the living center of curriculum (Gaebelein, 1968). One who bases all things on principles set forth in the bible is in agreement with this proposal. Christian education also has its downfall in integration, but in the area of application, meaning hearts need to be examined for inconsistencies and faith needs to remain the cornerstone for Christian education (Gaebelein, 1968). Furthermore, the author, details in a later chapter the fact that Christian schools provide bible study, prayer in the morning, and music and song, does not make it holistically Christian-based but rather coated with an acceptable exterior (Gaebelein, 1968).
In the book, information is presented on how leaders, preachers and educators should be precautious and warned against inaccurate deliverance of truth. Educators and others should ensure they remain careful not to create hyperbole during presentation of subject matter. An example was illustrated in the text in regards to safeguarding God's truth. Hence, this brings an individual into the awareness that Christian educational leaders have a righteous responsibility to uphold God's truth wherever they are committed to communicating it (Gaebelein, 1968). Thus, when opportunities arise for inflated or an over exaggeration of the content being presented, one must rebuke the temptation and hold fast to God's truth. Gaebelein denies a popular immoral belief that `the means justifies the end' as an inappropriate approach to the deliverance of God's truth. He espouses that truth should not be sacrificed by the presentation in which it is delivered. In other words, refer to 1 Peter 2:3 which states "By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber" (King James Version). Extravagant, puffed up stories should not be used. Gaebelein refers to this as exegesis. This brings one into the knowledge of the wrongfulness of doing such an act, yet, it is observed in service nearly every Sunday and on televised shows daily. The author plainly shows how this is offensive to God and removes one from revealed truth to a state of focus on natural truth which is unacceptable to Christ.
A Classic Look at Christian Education Dec 8, 2009
This is a compact paperback written over fifty years ago by the former co-editor of Christianity Today. Like Teaching Redemptively, it fulfills one of my ACSI reading requirements. Dr. Gabelein, a popular Bible teacher and speaker in his day, reminds us that the Christian teacher must view their subject matter within the pattern of God's truth and live out God's truth. Christian schools must consist of Bible-believing educators who unite their faith with the educational process. This is the only way that an authentic Christian education will occur in our schools. "For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:16-17).