The Inseparability of God and History
by Bruce Etter
Peanut butter without jelly? Maybe, but not preferably. Mashed potatoes without gravy? Are you kidding me? Not where I grew up. How about Oreos without milk? Well, now you’re just getting plain silly. Of course not. Certain combinations were simply meant to be. There are many others; Abbot and Costello, Batman and Robin, and the list goes on. The combination is so essential that there isn’t one without the other. There is a sense in which the two are really one. You can’t pull them apart.
A question that arises in discussions about education is the role of God and the Christian worldview. Is the Christian worldview essential to a true education? Are the two inseparable? Let’s focus specifically on the teaching of history. Is it possible to teach history without the “intrusions” of God and the Christian perspective? Some might say that history is simply the record of the past. It is a look at what events have transpired throughout time. Why bring God into the equation? Let’s consider the implications of this view.
This is the time of year when I always looked for some fun and different activities for my children to do. One of my favorite things is to study the lives of artists. We have always been blessed to live near museums where our children could see famous works of art. Today, we are so fortunate to have the Internet—many great works of art are just a click away if it is not possible for you to see them up close. I have asked our friend and graphic designer, Ned Bustard, to put together a short unit study on the lives of different artists. You may download this Art Report file by clicking here.
VPSA Student Wins Gold at Figure Skating Nationals
Sixth grade VPSA student Anna Grace Davidson was the recent Ladies Intermediate Division gold medal winner at the United States Figure Skating Nationals held in Omaha, Nebraska, last month. Anna chose two songs, "Whitaker" and "Winter Wonderland" from Christian composer Michael W. Smith to perform at the competition, earning a total of 99.52 points for the event.
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