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Since the beginning of the 20th century, the vast majority of Christians have embraced the idea that it is a proper role and function of the civil government to control and guide the education of children. Most Christians believe God doesn’t care, one way or the other, how our children are schooled or what methods are employed. This book will use Scripture to prove otherwi Since the beginning of the 20th century, the vast majority of Christians have embraced the idea that it is a proper role and function of the civil government to control and guide the education of children. Most Christians believe God doesn’t care, one way or the other, how our children are schooled or what methods are employed. This book will use Scripture to prove otherwise. What you read in this book will radically challenge your assumptions and preconceived ideas. - Discover the true purpose of an education and how this affects and influences students - Explore a truly Biblical philosophy of education and how it compares to traditional schooling - Learn to apply a Biblical worldview strategically and systematically to core subjects of education There is almost no topic that is as relevant to the future of Christianity or as controversial as the education of children. Students in school classrooms spend thousands of hours being instructed by people who are not their parents. There is almost no way to calculate what a powerful force this is for influence. From rules to help students reason to information that will help you be a more effective teacher, this book shows the vital importance of “why” in asking students to learn the “what” and “how” of any subject. The future of your child’s education and, therefore, his or her life is ultimately in your hands as a parent. Open your mind and your heart to God’s Word and His truth. Much is at stake. Ask Him to give you discernment to help you understand how He sees the issue of education.


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Since the beginning of the 20th century, the vast majority of Christians have embraced the idea that it is a proper role and function of the civil government to control and guide the education of children. Most Christians believe God doesn’t care, one way or the other, how our children are schooled or what methods are employed. This book will use Scripture to prove otherwi Since the beginning of the 20th century, the vast majority of Christians have embraced the idea that it is a proper role and function of the civil government to control and guide the education of children. Most Christians believe God doesn’t care, one way or the other, how our children are schooled or what methods are employed. This book will use Scripture to prove otherwise. What you read in this book will radically challenge your assumptions and preconceived ideas. - Discover the true purpose of an education and how this affects and influences students - Explore a truly Biblical philosophy of education and how it compares to traditional schooling - Learn to apply a Biblical worldview strategically and systematically to core subjects of education There is almost no topic that is as relevant to the future of Christianity or as controversial as the education of children. Students in school classrooms spend thousands of hours being instructed by people who are not their parents. There is almost no way to calculate what a powerful force this is for influence. From rules to help students reason to information that will help you be a more effective teacher, this book shows the vital importance of “why” in asking students to learn the “what” and “how” of any subject. The future of your child’s education and, therefore, his or her life is ultimately in your hands as a parent. Open your mind and your heart to God’s Word and His truth. Much is at stake. Ask Him to give you discernment to help you understand how He sees the issue of education.

30 review for Education: Does God Have an Opinion?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jody Bennon

    This is a persuasive apologetic for Christian education for our children. His main argument is that scripture exhorts parents (and grandparents) to be the primary educators of our children for the purpose of: -growing knowledge and understanding of biblical truth and wisdom -unveiling the character of God through the study of all subject areas under his authority and for His glory -nurturing the parent/child relationship so that parents are the primary influence and therefore distillers of biblica This is a persuasive apologetic for Christian education for our children. His main argument is that scripture exhorts parents (and grandparents) to be the primary educators of our children for the purpose of: -growing knowledge and understanding of biblical truth and wisdom -unveiling the character of God through the study of all subject areas under his authority and for His glory -nurturing the parent/child relationship so that parents are the primary influence and therefore distillers of biblical wisdom in their child's life. Israel Wayne speaks a bold warning by countering the following arguments often made in favor of public education for Christian children: -sending children to be salt and light -perceived neutrality of the government's curriculum -presence of Christians within the school setting His chapter on leading our children to discover the character of God revealed through special and natural revelation through the method "Precept, Principle, Person, Practice" is particularly helpful for any parent. I give this book a 4 because there are some areas where he overstates his position with an abundance of confidence (which I partly admire) but I think it opens him up to be discredited when he is speaking on such a broad array of topics, particularly in the last half of the book that goes through subject areas ranging from Logic, to Math to Science. This book might rub you the wrong way if you're not used to hearing/reading authoritative positions on this matter. But whether you're planning on homeschooling, sending your children to a private Christian school or sending them to public school, it's worth having your feathers ruffled a little in order to consider the issue in depth. The impact of education choices on our children is significant and our God-given parental responsibility to nurture our children's faith and worldview warrants great care and discernment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tandy Brown

    This book is a must read if you are a Christian parent and you have questions about education and your responsibility as a parent in the light of what the Bible tells us. If you aren’t a Christian or don’t believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, then the information in this book will not apply to you. However, if you really want to know what the Bible says, this book lays out in plain language what the Bible says about parental responsibility when it comes to the education of their chil This book is a must read if you are a Christian parent and you have questions about education and your responsibility as a parent in the light of what the Bible tells us. If you aren’t a Christian or don’t believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, then the information in this book will not apply to you. However, if you really want to know what the Bible says, this book lays out in plain language what the Bible says about parental responsibility when it comes to the education of their children. For me personally, I do believe that when a Christian parent sends their children to be educated by the public schools that they weren’t doing what was best the children but I had never really sat down and looked at all the Scriptures to back up this belief. This book does this. He also goes into a breakdown of the different learning subjects (science, math, etc.) and gives some basic tips about educating your child in those areas from a Biblical standpoint. But my favorite part was the Appendixes. Appendix I is a fictional story that really makes you think about the concept of confiscatory taxation as a means of funding education. This again was an area where I had my personal beliefs but this fictional story helped me realize why confiscatory taxation by our government is a vast over-step of the purposes/boundaries of the government. The author quotes Jefferson, “That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions (voluntarily).” — Thomas Jefferson. Appendix II is an excellent recap of what the Bible says about Christian Education. If a parent is wanting a clearly laid out summary of what the Bible says about the training and education of children, these 9 pages are it. So, I highly recommend this book to anyone who really wants to know what the Bible says about the parents’ role in educating their children and some practical steps/tips how to educate your children Biblically.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Walker

    This is a good book to read, specifically for understanding the importance of education and the duties and responsibilities of the family. There is a lot of good information in this book showing how there is a purposeful and deliberate attempt by men and nations to monopolize the field of education and divorce it from the family in an attempt to indoctrinate the future generations in their own Humanistic ideologies. Parents should pay attention to this and be warned. Where the author falls short i This is a good book to read, specifically for understanding the importance of education and the duties and responsibilities of the family. There is a lot of good information in this book showing how there is a purposeful and deliberate attempt by men and nations to monopolize the field of education and divorce it from the family in an attempt to indoctrinate the future generations in their own Humanistic ideologies. Parents should pay attention to this and be warned. Where the author falls short is by putting an overemphasis on the necessity of parents to teach their children the “laws of logic.” Man is fallen, and this includes his ability to reason properly. Teaching children to trust themselves to determine truth from error by applying the “laws of logic” is not the Biblical approach to reasoning. Thinking and reasoning Biblically is about knowing God's Commandments and applying them to life. Overall a good read and well thought out otherwise.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica A Kramasz

    Very insightful Full of Biblical insight and wisdom, this book makes it clear that God is not silent on the topic of education. Wayne consistently rightly applies Scripture throughout the book, and makes a clear case for Christian education. While both homeschool and Christian schools are discussed, the focus is on home education. Whether you are a new parent, a new homeschool, or a veteran homeschool mom this book will bless and encourage you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Self

    Wow! It’s hard to even know where to start. This book is life-changing for my family. In Part 1, Israel Wayne gives an excellently thorough look at the apologetics of education. My biggest take-away is that we shouldn’t look at government schools, Christian schools, or the homeschooling family across town to decide how to educate our children. We start with a blank slate—and then design from scratch an education that is founded in Scripture. When we wipe away all of our traditions and preconceive Wow! It’s hard to even know where to start. This book is life-changing for my family. In Part 1, Israel Wayne gives an excellently thorough look at the apologetics of education. My biggest take-away is that we shouldn’t look at government schools, Christian schools, or the homeschooling family across town to decide how to educate our children. We start with a blank slate—and then design from scratch an education that is founded in Scripture. When we wipe away all of our traditions and preconceived ideas, it is then that we can fully embrace GOD’s plan for training up our children. Israel gives an in-depth look at government schools—why and how they exist, and how they are set up. He discusses what types of education are permissible by God (Yes—there are many!), and he compares and contrasts Christian Schools with Homeschooling. For any Christian parent who is seeking to make education decisions for your children, this book is the place to start! In Part 2, Israel gets into the specific subjects that will be taught in education, and discusses how each subject can be grounded in and also reinforce all of Scripture. My first instinct was that this section was more bent toward homeschooling parents or teachers of middle & high school children—but I was wrong! Even as a mom who is just starting PreSchool with my children, I feel these chapters inspired me to set better goals for our homeschooling journey. Each subject presents a new opportunity to discover another facet of God’s character as we study His creation and His created order. An example: For history, he presents the goal as “to tell both the good and the bad, the lovely and the hideous, all in a way that reflects the sovereign working of God in the midst of a fallen and broken world.” There are plenty of details I will look back on in the years to come as we begin building our children’s education—and because of Israel Wayne, I know we will have the tools to set goals for our homeschool that are truly pleasing to God, in every subject we teach. His book will remain on my shelf as a reference for years to come. I can not recommend this book enough. If you read this book with an open heart, God just might use all the Scripture in its pages to transform the way you think about education. I know He did for me!

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Green

    Education: Does God Have An Opinion by Israel Wayne, published by Master Books is divided up into two parts.  The first, he calls "The Apologetic," in which he deals with establishing a truly Biblical philosophy of education.  The second part, is what he calls "The Core Subjects," is all about applying a Biblical worldview consistently to all areas of education, from science to history, from mathematics to logic, from philosophy to language arts, and everything in between! God has a lot to say ab Education: Does God Have An Opinion by Israel Wayne, published by Master Books is divided up into two parts.  The first, he calls "The Apologetic," in which he deals with establishing a truly Biblical philosophy of education.  The second part, is what he calls "The Core Subjects," is all about applying a Biblical worldview consistently to all areas of education, from science to history, from mathematics to logic, from philosophy to language arts, and everything in between! God has a lot to say about education in His Word.   And by far, Education: Does God Have An Opinion is the best book I have read on the subject.  Mr Wayne lays it out there Scripturally.  His argument is sound and logical, standing on the firm foundation of God's Word.   His approach to the core subjects will bring new life to your way of thinking.   And his use of Scriptures makes the study exciting.  This isn't Wayne's opinion he is writing about, it's God's. The book tackles subjects such as sports, socialization, public schools, academics, and a host of other issues that parents often have questions or concerns about.   This is a "must have" for every family library, as well as every church library, and if I had the money to make it happen, I'd buy them myself!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I think it should go without saying that God indeed has an opinion about where are children spend their day, what they learn and what influences they are exposed to. I believe one of the biggest lies that Christian parents tell themselves is that one educational mode is as good as the next and it doesn’t matter, “ you do you”, this is a worldly mindset, not a biblical one.A person would have to read this book with their eyes closed to not see that parents are to be the primary instructors of the I think it should go without saying that God indeed has an opinion about where are children spend their day, what they learn and what influences they are exposed to. I believe one of the biggest lies that Christian parents tell themselves is that one educational mode is as good as the next and it doesn’t matter, “ you do you”, this is a worldly mindset, not a biblical one.A person would have to read this book with their eyes closed to not see that parents are to be the primary instructors of their own children . The author has chapters on the different educational options and then how to address each individual subject from a biblical perspective. This a great resource, and a solid reminder to keep our children‘s educational focus God centered.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Parts of this book were encouraging and affirming for a home educating parent, but other parts were dogmatic and inflexible. The type of education he is describing is, of course, a sacrifice that more Christian families could likely make, but it is also a privileged position that not every family is logistically able to take.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David West

    The author has a solid grasp of worldview issues and how they relate to education. But I was hoping for more exposition of Scripture. Also, there was no discussion about Christian liberty as regards educational models or methods from such places as Romans 14. That would have been helpful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather Bork

    A bold look at what God, through His Word, has commanded parents to do with regard to their children’s education. I wish every Christian parent would be brave enough to read this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anca.T

    One of the best books I've read in a while! One of the best books I've read in a while!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark Bennon

    Powerful message and persuasive. You will be challenged if you read it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    One of the best books on the market for reasons to homeschool your children. This is a wonderful resource for our home.

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    Amy Scott

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    Ashley

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Schock

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Demetrius

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diana Ward

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jill Valenti

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    Jennifer Tyson

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Rod Zinkel

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Jordon Hoover

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