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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Faith of Victorians

Just yesterday Albert Mohler spoke with Timothy Larsen to discuss Christianity during the Victorian Age. Edwards Academy kids are studying the Victorian Age this year, so this topic is front and center in our school and home.

It really is striking to realize that the people of the 19th century,  regardless of their belief or unbelief, brought up their children to know the content of the Bible. This habit is completely lost to us today, and one consequence Larsen mentions is that history scholars don't even recognize the allusions to Scripture that pepper the works of 19th century writers.

We live in an age that presumes agnosticism in public life. Whatever we think or believe privately, we all have agreed to function publicly as if the Bible does not exist. This is deplorable. We are hindered in understanding people of the past because we can't imagine what it is like to think within a context that presumes theism. Yes, some Victorians reacted in unbelief. But they still moved and breathed and thought in a context of theism.

Homeschooling is my response to the bifurcation of our culture. There are lots of reasons to homeschool, but our primary motivation is a desire to integrate faith in learning. We cannot wrestle with the deepest issues of existence while pretending that religion and the Bible don't exist. In our age, it takes deliberate effort to integrate belief in Jesus Christ into all areas of life. Homeschooling isn't the only educational way to accomplish this mandate of Scripture (Romans 12:1-2), but in some ways it is the easiest way.

(Photo of Victoria and Albert with their nine children from Wikipedia. It is in the public domain.)

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