Monday, June 10, 2013

Can You Teach Your Child About God in Every Subject?

I know that it is easy to include God in history, English/language arts, science, current events, and pretty much every subject except mathematics.  We have read and watched lots of great videos that show God in the history of our country.  We have read Answers in Genesis and watched some of their great videos and have listened to many Jonathan Park adventures produced by Vision Forum and have seen God in science.  We can read great books about missionaries, we can read the Bible, and we can read great living books with a Christian worldview that show us God in English/language arts.  We can get magazines for different age groups from God's World News that teaches them about current events from a Christian worldview.

For the record, worldview is your framework for understanding existence -- the way you look at the world.  Every worldview is based on certain faith assumptions.  A false worldview causes you to see reality in a severely distorted way and dooms your plans and visions.  What you believe about God and man determines what you believe about everything else.*

One of the very best apologetics for Christianity is the fact that it differs radically from every other version of reality, and that its differences match reality.  In order to understand and articulate these differences, the Christian must under his own worldview and the various worldviews* around him.

This is why it is so important for us, as our children's home educators, to know and understand what our own worldview is, to be sure our worldview is what we want it to be -- what we want others, especially our children, to see in us.  If we have the wrong worldview or have no concept of what a worldview is, it will be more difficult to teach the proper worldview to our children.

All of that being said, I was recently introduced to the fact that many Christian homeschool families teach their children about God in all subjects, including math.  This has resonated in my soul, as the more we can teach our worldview to our children, the more they will grasp it.  As Christians, teaching our children our worldview is of the utmost importance to us.

Therefore, I remembered a book I purchased at a previous homeschool convention several years ago, but still haven't read.  It is entitled Mathematics:  Is God Silent? by James Nickel.  I have pulled this book out and plan to read it before we begin the new school year.  There are high praises for the book, on the back cover, by both Doug Phillips of Vision Forum and Reverend Rousas John Rushdoony of Chalcedon Foundation.

I plan to make teaching our children about God in every subject a matter of prayer during this break, and plan to implement it into our homeschool in the coming new school year.  I encourage you to read Mathematics:  Is God Silent by James Nickel as well.

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