On one of Jailer's recent posts, Ellen B basically asked, "So what should we do about it"? This is my question too, and I could use your wisdom out there. For the past four years I've been teaching a Worldview course at the Christian school where I serve. I have increasingly noticed that my students, present and past, seem to have an admirable grasp of Bible knowledge. However, their ability to translate it all into "living proof" (this is for you, Jailer and Jailbreaker!) leaves much to be desired.
My course focuses on several areas that Christian young people will encounter after they leave our hallowed halls and go to college (or enter the work force). It's all the standard stuff--I want them to focus on how to think as Christians in the areas of natural science, politics, economics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and history.
Tall order, I know. All they get is a taste of each of the areas, current thinking out there in society, and biblical models for each. Still, I battle with how to get them past the information and to get them to apply their Christian thinking outside the classroom. Sure, they can write the papers, take the tests, and answer the questions. But do they know how these make a real difference in their lives beyond the issues of the mind?
So waddya think? (By the way, you can also leave your comments and read my other posts at http://jesusandclio.blogspot.com/)
Editor's Note: Chief, perhaps the secret is to just get your students to "Think History"! :)