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Homeschooling with a Biblical Worldview
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"We must derive our theory of education from our philosophy of life. The problem turns out to be a religious problem."

-T.S. Eliot

Public education in this country was originally founded on the belief that the people must be taught to read and study Scripture.

It was called the "Ye Old Deluder Satan Act." This act established free public education in the American colony of Massachusetts in 1647, with similar acts soon adopted in each of the other New England colonies (with the exception of Rhode Island). It was enacted because it was the "one chief project of ye old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures." This law required every town with 50 or more families to hire and maintain a teacher to instruct all children in reading and writing for the purpose of teaching them to read the Bible


"Above all, the foremost reading for everybody, both in the universities and in the schools, should be Holy Scripture….I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme."

-Martin Luther


Harvard University was originally founded in 1636 to train Christian men for the work of the ministry. Harvard's Rules and Precepts, adopted in 1646, state: "Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him,”(Prov. 2:3)


Yet, according to a 2019 National Center for Education Statistics survey, 60 percent of homeschooling families choose to teach their children at home because they want to "provide religious instruction." 


Worldview Defined

The term "worldview" comes from the German word weltanschauung. This is made up of 2 German words: welt (velt), meaning "world," and anschauung (ON-shao-ung), meaning "point of view," "opinion," or "perception."


So, a worldview is an explanation and interpretation of the world and an application of this life view. Very literally, a worldview is exactly what it says: how you view the world.


Think of it as a pair of glasses. The lenses are your worldview. They color your perception and interpretation of the world around you. They trigger your decisions. And they drive your responses. 


A Biblical Worldview

"A Biblical Worldview sees and understands God (the Creator) and His creation (man and the world) primarily through the lens of God's Word, and secondarily through God's natural revelation in creation, for the purpose of believing and behaving in accord with God's will and, thereby, glorifying God with one's mind and life, both now and in eternity." (Think Biblically! p. 14)


If God's Word speaks to all of life (and it does!), then the Christian is not free to ignore or be silent about what God says concerning science, mathematics, literature, ethics, and everything else in His world.


Education is not neutral.

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BJU Press Homeschool materials are designed with the belief that the Bible is central to education, that faith and learning are bound together, and that the Christian faith must govern the educational experience.


"Remembering the fallenness of the human mind, the teacher should call into question the secular assumptions of each subject and then encourage the student to rebuild the discipline from biblical presuppositions." ( – Biblical Worldview)


God's Word must be the lens through which every academic subject is taught:


  • Reading, grammar, and comprehension should lead to a greater ability to study, understand, and obey Scripture. 
  • Spelling and Handwriting should be a vital tool for producing God-honoring written communication. 
  • Science should point to God's creativity and design in creation. 
  • Math should point us to a God of logic and order. 
  • History should show us God's sovereign hand at work in every era, culture, and individual.


Developing a Biblical Worldview


"Homeschooling is one of the only venues we have left for revival in our country."

 -Zan Tyler


As homeschool moms, we have a unique privilege. But, with that privilege also comes a heavy responsibility. 


"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." Deuteronomy 6:4-7


Our worldview will be determined by whatever we choose to expose our minds to. A Biblical Worldview can only be formed by the Bible. 


  • If we are going to teach our children to see all of life through the lens of Scripture…
  • If we are going to teach them to be set apart…
  • If we are going to teach them to be in the world but not of it…
  • If we are going to teach them to be distinctly different than the culture around us…
  • And, if we are going to prepare them for persecution…
  • If we are going to give our children a Christian Education…
  • If we are going to help them develop a biblical worldview…


               …then we need to have one ourselves.


"By definition, an influence must be different from that which it influences, and Christians, therefore, must be different from the world they are called to influence. We cannot influence the world for God when we are worldly ourselves. We cannot give light to the world if we revert to places and ways of darkness ourselves." (The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Matthew 1-7, pgs. 240-241)


We need to be able to examine the messages we are receiving - from our churches, our culture, and, yes, even our curriculum - in light of God's Word. 


Author Randy Alcorn says, "If we study the Bible only partially and occasionally, it will shape our worldview only partially and occasionally." 


We need to be in God's Word regularly to establish a strong biblical grid, a scriptural lens, through which to explain and interpret the world around us. Our worldview needs to be shaped, informed, and corrected by God's Word. 


When we began homeschooling, we wanted our children to have an academically challenging education. But first and foremost, we wanted their education to be firmly rooted in God's Word. This is why we chose to use BJU Press Homeschool materials as our homeschool curriculum. Because they incorporate a solid biblical worldview into every academic subject, they provide us with tools to educate and disciple our children each day.


Our children are encountering the world's philosophies earlier and earlier. Your HomeWorks Consultant would love to share how BJU Press Homeschool materials can help you prepare them to interact compassionately and intelligently with the world around them and to influence that world for Christ.

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