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With All Your Mind: A Christian Philosophy of Education
     

With All Your Mind: A Christian Philosophy of Education

by Michael L. Peterson
 
With All Your Mind makes a compelling case for the value of thinking deeply about education in America from a historically orthodox and broadly ecumenical Christian point of view. Few people dispute that education in America is in a state of crisis. But not many have posed workable solutions to this serious problem. Michael Peterson contends that thinking

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With All Your Mind makes a compelling case for the value of thinking deeply about education in America from a historically orthodox and broadly ecumenical Christian point of view. Few people dispute that education in America is in a state of crisis. But not many have posed workable solutions to this serious problem. Michael Peterson contends that thinking philosophically about education is our only hope for meaningful progress. In this refreshing book, he invites all who are concerned about education in America to "participate" in his study, which analyzes representative theories and practical strategies that reveal the power of Christian ideas in this vital area. // Peterson addresses the most fundamental questions facing educators, and society in general, such as: What is the purpose of education? What goals do new techniques and methods serve? What kind of person is our educational system supposed to produce? He also explores questions of unique importance to Christians, such as: What is the relation between Christianity and the pursuit of intellectual excellence? How can Christians bring their faith to bear on all areas of knowledge? Can educated Christians significantly influence culture? // With All Your Mind examines the key assumptions and implications of influential classical and contemporary philosophies with respect to education, including idealism, naturalism, Thomism, experimentalism, existentialism, linguistic analysis, and postmodernism. Based on this analysis, Peterson develops an unapologetically Christian philosophy of education in regard to curriculum design, instilling ethics and values, and the nature of teaching and learning. // Peterson further advances the merits of an ecumenical Christian philosophy of education by showing how it can be used to analyze key issues in educational theory, such as the relation of general education to liberal learning, the integration of faith and learning, and the demand for professional and technical training. From a practical standpoint, Peterson's approach brings balance and common sense to issues such as the clash between public and private education, the rise of multiculturalism, the changing demographic and psychological profile of America's youth, and the impact of computer and Internet technology. // With All Your Mind concludes with a stirring vision for education that is embedded in an all-encompassing Christian view of life. Using clear, jargon-free language, Peterson teaches a good deal of basic philosophy while developing a powerful argument for the value of liberal arts education iinteracting with Christian faith at all levels of schooling.

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“Refreshingly forthright about the priority of educational philosophy over methodological issues, and therefore about the foundational role of a Christian worldview, Peterson grounds the quest for truth and moral development and the pursuit of excellence in the creational mandate and redemptive task. An important call to educators, and a viable text for prospective teachers.” —Arthur F. Holmes, emeritus professor of philosophy, Wheaton College

"This book makes a truly original and valuable contribution to the philosophy of education. It will be useful to students in both the fields of education and philosophy, and it will make an excellent text for courses in the philosophy of education. Peterson has a remarkable gift for explaining difficult concepts in a way that is accessible to non-experts." —Gregory Mellema, professor of philosophy, Calvin College

“Michael Peterson has thought long and hard about what it might look like to approach education—from its lowest levels to its highest—as a Christian. The result is a book strong in its discerning use of varied Christian traditions, timely in its thoughtful assessment of contemporary worldviews, and hopeful in its realistic assessment of what needs to be done.” —Mark A. Noll, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College

“Drawing on both Protestant and Catholic sources, Peterson's book develops a Christian philosophy of education on two levels.  It is noteworthy and commendable  in concretely spelling out the meaning of such theoretical concepts as the "integration of faith and knowledge" and the characteristics of a "Christian mind."  At the same time, it has a very practical orientation in bringing distinctively religious perspectives to bear on such pedagogical
and administrative issues as the role of  "great books" in the currriculum, the relation of liberal arts and professional programs, multiculturalism, and the use of computer technology in education.  It is a "must read" book for faculty colloquia at colleges and universities under Christian sponsorship.” —Janine Marie Idziak, professor of philosophy and Catholic Studies Program, Loras College

Library Journal
Peterson, a devout believer in Christian theism, is a philosophy professor at a Christ-centered liberal arts college. His 1998 God and Evil examined evil in the context of the philosophy of religion. Here he deals with educational issues from a fundamentalist perspective, which holds that universal truths and values are knowable because they are based on the Scriptures. Before making his case for a Christian philosophy of education, Peterson surveys other philosophies, including existentialism, experimentalism, and postmodernism, and expounds on each of their inadequacies as a basis for teaching today's youth. Contemporary education is beset by many problems, he argues, that can best be solved by instilling a reverent sense of humanity in children of all ages. Curricula based on a Christian worldview would promote ethics and values along with the pursuit of intellectual excellence in other areas of study. Peterson concludes by urging all Christian scholars to transform culture by reflecting the character of God in all they do. Fundamentalists will applaud Peterson's stance, but nonbelievers will find too many leaps of faith required to embrace his subjective thinking. Recommended for large education, religion, and philosophy collections. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268019679
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Michael L. Peterson is professor and chair of the philosophy department at Asbury College, as well as the editor of The Problem of Evil, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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