Education can only be understood from the perspective of worldviews. God’s Mandate for Biblical Education briefly examines the components of worldviews (particularly epistemology), and then presents the Biblical worldview of education.
Nine arguments (including the absolute lordship of Jesus Christ and covenant faithfulness) are powerfully presented, demonstrating that Biblically-consistent, comprehensive, Christian education is Biblically-mandated for all subjects of study, for all Christian children. This is followed by the six necessary components of Christian education, i.e., Biblically directed: teachers, content, goals, standard, method, and motivations. Foundational presuppositions for a Biblical philosophy of history, language, and science are taught. (Most people are surprised to learn that it is philosophically and logically impossible for science to ever arrive at absolute truth!) Many other questions are answered head-on, such as: Can education ever be religiously neutral? What is the Biblical role of the church and the state in the education of children? Is “classical” Christian education Biblical? The differences between the Hebrew and Greek models of education are powerfully presented. In summary, this book does not deal with the well-documented evils in the public schools; neither is it based on the unbiblical philosophy of pragmatism; instead, it provides a hard-hitting ideology of truly Biblical education that is applicable in all cultures, forcing Christians to re-think most contemporary practices.
God’s Mandate for Biblical Education is a superb book for imparting a Biblical, covenantally-faithful vision to Christian parents for training their children. It makes a great gift for homeschooling families to give to relatives and friends to answer their questions and objections regarding homeschooling.
“God’s Mandate for Biblical Education provides a clear, comprehensive, and succinct discussion of the Bible’s teaching on this critical subject. In fact, I have read no better treatment of this topic and believe that Dr. Fugate’s book is especially well suited for the important work of introducing pastors and other Christian leaders to orthodox teaching on the question of how we are to educate our children. I hope this book is widely read by parents and other laymen, but I also hope that this book will be widely read by Christian leaders.”
Bruce N. Shortt, PhD, J.D.: author of The Harsh Truth about Public Schools
“Well-researched and well-organized…based primarily on a Scriptural foundation. I don’t know another book that has such a wealth of quotes and sources in a handy format. I heartily recommend this book and plan to continue promoting it. It deserves widespread circulation.”
E. Ray Moore, ThM
Chaplain (Lt. Colonel) USAR Ret., President of Frontline Ministries, www.ExodusMandate.org
“‘A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher’ (Lk 6:40). … It is high time that Christians repented of walking in the counsel of the ungodly (Ps 1:1), and began treating Christian education as being at the heart of the covenant (Dt 6:4–9). I highly recommend Robert Fugate’s book, God’s Mandate for Biblical Education. Unless its radical recommendations are followed, America will be lost in a sea of paganism, like Europe was.”
Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, PhD: pastor; conference teacher; adjunct professor at Whitefield Theological Seminary
“a very valuable tool for educating coming generations…about the liberty-inspiring system of biblical education in which parents are in control. I would recommend every married couple to give a wedding gift of his books, God’s Mandate for Biblical Education and Key Principles of Biblical Civil Government, to children when they marry! Doing so would serve to build a firm foundation for restoring freedom and self-responsibility before God in our troubled nation!”
Tom Rose: President, American Enterprise Publications; economics professor; author