Christian Education and the Search for Meaning / Edition 2

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James Wilhoit explores how Christian education can go beyond mere activity to instill a solid perspective and make sense of a perplexing world. He envisions the ideal model of Christian education and integrates the discipline with the social sciences. In the final chapter Wilhoit presents an evangelical theory of biblical instruction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801097119
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1991
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Wilhoit (PhD, Northwestern University) is the Scripture Press Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he has taught for thirty years. He has authored numerous books, including Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered.
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Table of Contents

1 Purpose in Christian Education 9
The Current Lack of Purpose 9
The Business of Christian Education 11
2 Biblical Foundations: Priesthood, Servanthood, and God's Transforming Grace 17
The Priesthood of All Believers 17
Servanthood: Serving God and Others 24
God's Transforming Grace 29
Priests and Servants 32
3 Theology and Christian Education 35
Knowledge of God 37
The Purpose of the Bible 43
The Role of the Holy Spirit 51
Human Nature 61
Christian Maturity 68
4 Contemporary Approaches to Education 73
Romantic: The Teacher as Gardener 74
Transmissive: The Teacher as Technician 82
Developmental: The Teacher as Coordinator 89
A Christian Response 101
5 Transformational Christian Education: The Teacher as Guide 105
The Goal of Transformational Christian Education: Discovering God-centered Meaning 107
The Content of Transformational Christian Education 108
The Characteristics of Transformational Christian Education 110
6 Social Science and Christian Education 115
Obstacles to Integrating Social Science and Christian Education 116
Recommendations for the Integration of the Social Sciences and Christian Education 121
7 Some Findings of Social-Science Research 131
Meaningfulness and Learning 132
The Influence of Student Attitudes 137
The Importance of Big Ideas 139
Time on Task 141
Developmental Considerations 143
Attributes of Effective Teachers 147
8 Toward an Evangelical Theory of Biblical Instruction 159
Biblical Literacy 160
A Delight in Scripture 162
Submission to the Bible 163
An Appropriate Method of Interpretation 165
A Christian World-View 167
Use of Scripture as a Spiritual Tool 169
Bibliography 171
Index 177
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