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Friends, this year we incorporate the resource from Kevin Swanson’s Generations with Vision’s ministry What Does the Bible Say About That? The way my children are responding to this text and to the conversations our family has after reading it pleases me.

Recently we received the Generations catalog which included an article, “Worldviews in Conflict,” that rocked my (intellectual) world. If you are not on the mailing list, you can request one here. The catalog is free, but donations are appreciated. (As a wife of a former magazine publisher, I can tell you that this type of print publication is costly to produce. The articles in this publication are certainly worth a donation.) There are several others that are very good, including one by R. C. Jr., but none quite as thought provoking as “Worldviews in Conflict.”

I’ll bait you with a few quotes:

The great classic writers were dangerous men. They handled dangerous ideas. You can get badly wounded as you read their great books. You have no business reading theses ‘classics’ if you are not well grounded in a biblical, God-centered way of looking at the world first.

Another:

 After 1500 years of Christian thinking working its way into the language and life of England and America, a tidal wave of apostasy virtually exterminated it over the succeeding 200 years.

Regarding our choice of literature:

For those wishing to discern false teachers, Jesus Christ provides a helpful test that may be employed by even the least intelligent of his followers. ‘By their fruits you shall know them.’ A man is not to be judged merely on the merit of his ideas. His ideas may be judged by the fruit of his life.

And in applying this understanding to the curriculum:

If American secular high schools of the 20th century were self-consciously humanist in their trajectory, it would be wise for Christians to take a look at the list of the core books that made up the curriculum in these high schools. The list is not hard to construct . . .

. . . but you’ll have to read the article to see what well-known books are on the list!

Swanson addresses the foundational principle underlying something that has puzzled me over the last couple of years. Despite the early success of homeschooling in the lives of the early graduates, more and more homeschooled teens seem to be defecting from, or at least luke-warm to, the faith. Personally, I see examples of grown homeschooled children whose lives look not very different from their “moral” neighbors. There is little vision and godly drive, particularly in the young men. Perhaps it is because we are raising children more familiar with a humanist worldview than with a truly biblical one?

This article brings into sharp focus one way we parents may have erred in our approach to teaching our children and how we might correct that mistake going forward.

I welcome your comments and insights on this topic as we study and learn together!

In addition to their publication ministry, Generations also produces Generations Radio, and valuable audio resource available free.

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