The Foundation of Education

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Does it sound so far like education is closely related to discipleship and sanctification? That a Biblically-defined education is concerned not only with information, but with formation?


“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7).”

The Scriptures teach that all knowledge, including all of mathematics, music, medicine, and model-airplane making, begins with the fear of the Lord. “For from him and through him and to him are all things” (Rom. 11:36). Because Jesus is Lord, there is no subject in heaven or on earth to which his lordship is irrelevant. Therefore, anything that can be known is faithfully understood only when it is rooted in the fear of the Lord.

The Scriptures simply won’t let us separate our ethics from our epistemology. To not fear our Maker and consider what he has said on a given topic is to be unmoored from reality. As John Frame writes, when a person pursues knowledge while ignoring God, they’re “often intellectually impressive, but at a deeper level ludicrous.”


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