Russell and Duenes

Mathematics to the Glory of God

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It is typically assumed that there is no “Christian” view of math, or of the teaching of math. We simply say: “2 + 2 = 4 is true for both the atheist and the Christian” and assume that we’re done and that math is one of those subjects that is morally, spiritually and philosophically neutral, and can just as well be taught in a secular government school as in a Christian school. We can let the government schools teach our children math and science, and clear up the social studies at home, we think.

Yet I think this betrays a lack of serious consideration and imagination on this topic. I’m not a math teacher, but I was a Christian educator for ten years, and it is clear to me that the teaching of “math” goes far beyond simple numerical calculations and formulas. I could muse at some length about this, but if you are a Christian and you think that God might desire a Christian education for your children, indeed, for all of His children, then I would commend to you a perusal of some writings on this, beginning with these two brief pieces.

http://www.frame-poythress.org/a-biblical-view-of-mathematics/

http://www.transformingteachers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=154&Itemid=173

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

November 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Posted in Duenes, Education

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