Biblical worldview shaping should be central to a Christian teaching history.
Greenville, SC (PRWEB) November 30, 2011
On December 8, BJU Press will host a free online seminar for homeschool parents. Author Brian Collins will share his insight with homeschool parents as he explains how they can develop a biblical worldview in their children through the study of history.
History presents a unique opportunity to teach children how to reason through current events. It informs students of the world in which they live and how the status quo came into being. Careful students learn from the consequences of poor policy and destructive attitudes. Christian homeschool parents can use the study to teach their children a distinctively Christian perspective on public policy.
Many homeschool parents are concerned about historical revisionism they perceive in public school curriculum. Yet, when trying to create an alternative, they begin to moralize, reducing history to a set of morality tales. Teaching history as morality can be initially inspiring; it distorts the historical record and robs the study of its vitality. Without the entire story of men’s failures and successes, brutalities and mercies, students learn from a history that is hollow and cannot inform them of their current realities.
Brian Collins, PhD in Theology, discusses the pitfalls and promises of biblical worldview shaping in the study of history in this free online seminar hosted by BJU Press. In addition to his biblical studies, Brian has been an earnest student of American and world history. He uses his dual interests to develop history textbooks that are historically accurate and to engage the student to think biblically about historical events.
Biblical worldview shaping should be central to a Christian teaching history. However, “it is possible to pursue biblical worldview shaping in a manner that distracts from the educational objectives of covering history,” explains Brian. “The solution is to teach history as a narrative, without interjecting ‘morality sermons’ into the telling of the story.” Rather, Brian suggests using critical-thinking questions to develop a biblical worldview.
Join Brian and the CHART team on Thursday, December 8, at 2:30 p.m. (EST) for the next CHART online seminar. The seminar is free, and the only software requirement needed is a web browser and Adobe Flash. Visit bjupresshomeschool.com/go/chart to sign up for a free login and to view information about future seminar topics. You may also view previous seminars from the CHART archives.
CHART online seminars are hosted by BJU Press. BJU Press exists to encourage Christian character in students and promote academic excellence through the provision of K4–Grade 12 educational materials and support services. In addition to textbooks and materials, we offer homeschool testing services, distance-learning programs, and other homeschool resources.