Philosophy of Education at the Institute

Last week we held our first classes at the Geneva Institute. It was an absolute pleasure to sit around a table and discuss Scripture and worldview with some of our area’s bright young minds. As I reflected on that experience this weekend, I was reminded of a WSJ article  that I read over the summer that showed the degree to which colleges were failing to teach critical thinking skills. It claimed that “many students fail to improve over four years–even at some flagship schools.”

Of course, it is the case that we want to equip our students with valuable information. For instance, we will not neglect to teach textbook theology, worldview, history, etc. (and, all from a biblical perspective). But, we also want to teach them how to grow in their knowledge of God. As Dr. David Alan Black wrote, we “want them to understand how one comes to know (epistemology) and to think (logic.).  (For more details of why doing so is important, take time to read one of Dr Black’s short articles on the subject here.)

So, as we engage our students over the coming year we will continually remind ourselves to love our students by training the mind, always recognizing our dependence on God for truth in all things. Knowledge is not for puffing up for accolades from the world but for training up for life in Christ!

Geneva Institute Classes Open for Audit

LA 190 SP GREAT BOOKS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD.  The course will examine some of the influential works from the ancient world, particularly from Greece and Israel (c. 8th century B.C. to 100 B.C.). Students will be encouraged to critically examine these works from a biblical perspective, discussing, debating, and evaluating the validity of the authors’ ideas and ethics.  Wednesdays 8:30am – 11:20am. No fee required.

BIB 222 OLD TESTAMENT LITERATURE & INTERPRETATION. The course compares and contrasts basic worldviews and their implications for life, and will also present the main components of a Christian worldview, as well as respond to challenges to that belief system. Tuesdays/Thursdays 8:30am – 9:50am. Audit fee 75 dollars.

CT 113 CRITICAL SURVEY OF WORLDVIEWS. The course provides an analysis of the Old Testament as the foundation of the whole Bible. It focuses on the theological, literary, and historical dimensions of the Old Testament text and story; draws theological connections to Jesus and the New Testament; and makes application to modern Christianity, both corporate (church) and personal (spiritual growth). Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00am – 11:20am.  Audit fee 75 dollars.

For more information please contact Ginny Walker: