Russell and Duenes

Where Women are Women and Men are Men

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In order to discuss what a Christian school is supposed to do, we first have to settle what the Christian faith is supposed to do. In order to understand what Christian education is for, we have to determine what Christianity is for.  – Douglas Wilson, Introduction, Why Christian Kids Need a Christian Education

To go into a full-blown discussion of “what Christianity is for” would make this post intolerably long. Yet Christianity must surely have something to do with the image and glory of God reflected on earth and in the heavenly realms through the redeemed people of God by their love and enjoyment of God. If this is primarily what Christianity is for, then it follows that this is what education is for. And I want to put forward to notion that masculinity and femininity in God’s plan and design have much to do with the glory of God being imaged forth by His people in His creation. After all, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:26).

One of the great benefits of an explicitly Christian education, that is, an education that is truly Christian and is executed well, is that it will teach young boys and girls, by instruction and example, what it means that God created us “male and female” in His image. The truly Christian education, whether administered at home or in a Christian institution, will not fall prey to the ungodly androgynizing mush that has taken over our public schools (and many of our Christian churches), whereby boys and girls must be crushed into an ugly, soul-impoverishing, bland “sameness” so that we can all be “equal.” This radical egalitarianism is enforced in the public schools and countenances no dissent from its doctrines, on pain of charges of “sexism” and all the career-destroying ramifications such charges entail.

By contrast, a Christian education holds out the possibility that our children will learn the beautiful and wondrous truth about masculinity and femininity.  They will learn, as John Piper writes, “that manhood  and womanhood are the beautiful handiwork of a good and loving God. He designed our differences and they are profound. They are not mere physiological prerequisites for sexual union. They go to the root of our personhood.” See ch.1, “A Vision of Biblical Complementarity,” Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. A Christian school can probe the depths and implications of the biblical language and imagery of Christ as Husband to His people, the Bride of Christ. The realities of godly headship and submission and godly initiative and response may be explored and wondered at. Young teenage boys and girls, budding young adults, can be exhorted to fulfill their callings as men and women, not just as “humans.” The mystery and awe of true masculinity and femininity can be engaged in a Christian educational context, fleshed out, and sensitively addressed in a winsome manner.

This is something only a Christian education can provide for Christian children, and we ought to ponder how glorious our masculinity and femininity is, and what a treasure it is for our children to be taught the truth about it in a world that insists on blunting and blurring its reality at every turn.


Written by Michael Duenes

December 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Posted in Duenes, Education

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  1. Want to list specific examples of the differences you would like to see in the education of girls and boys?


    December 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

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