As a professor of Christian worldview at a classical Christian high school, it would seem obvious that I integrate faith with learning and teach from a Christian worldview. However, this is where speaking of faithful education is more accurate and more helpful than the integration of faith and learning. The integration of faith and learning means bringing faith into the classroom, but for some that means little more than prayer and a devotional before getting on to the material. Nothing is fundamentally different about the way the material is taught or understood by the students. Similarly, some incorrectly assume that a Christian automatically holds a Christian worldview. It is not even certain that those who teach Christian worldview hold a Christian worldview. In this way, even teaching Christian worldview at a Christian school could be done unfaithfully. Moreover, Smith warns of the possibility that we could “offer a Christian education that is loaded with all sorts of Christian ideas and information—and yet be offering a formation that runs counter to that vision.” I fear that this may be all too common.
The term faithful education, however, provides a sort of double entendre, referring both to the faith which is the foundation of the educational enterprise and to instructing students faithfully, that is honestly, diligently, and truthfully. In the previous section I proposed that although Smith is correct that we are more fundamentally loving and desiring beings (homo liturgicus) than thinkers or cognitive machines, we nonetheless must train our minds toward the right vision of the Kingdom, which begins with a right vision of the King, and moves ultimately to an understanding of our role as Kingdom People. In the posts that follow, I aim to explore five areas in which classical Christian educators specifically (and all Christian educators generally) can better train students to live as Kingdom People in the present Kingdom as we worship the King and desire the coming Kingdom. In each of these five areas I aim to maintain the balance between our eyes (by which I mean our minds, worldview, and perception) and our hearts (by which I mean our desires, virtues, and character) so that we may be like Aslan and not Uncle Andrew, those who stand in the right place and are the right sort of people.
Smith, Desiring the Kingdom, 31.