Precepts of the Calvin Christian Philosophy of Education
We believe that all things exist to glorify God, whom we know in Jesus. Therefore, we must teach children that every part of their lives must serve Christ's glory.
We believe that because God made and upholds his creation, it is of essential goodness and worth. We take delight in all aspects of the physical world, the theoretical world, and biblically lawful human activity as good gifts from the Creator. Therefore, the Calvin Christian School curriculum must study the entire created order; reflect the principles of truth, goodness, and beauty vested in our world; and interpret each fact in the universe as belonging to the upholding work of God.
We believe that God made men and women to tend the world as bearers of his image. Therefore, we must teach children, of whatever ability, to study our world and use its resources to fulfill our task of stewardship.
We believe that God has created a world of order, not chaos, and has given human beings the ability to understand the created order. Therefore, we draw on the many insights that non-Christians as well as Christians have acquired in studying creation, and that they have used in formation of human culture.
We believe, however, that sin darkens our hearts and understanding of the world. Therefore, we teach that all human culture is affected by sin and falls short of glorifying God. We must continually evaluate all human actions, including our own, from a biblical perspective.
We believe that the Scriptures are God's inspired Word and that, as we are illumined by the Holy Spirit, they teach us how to view all of life and creation. Therefore, we support education that accepts everything contained in the Scriptures and that interprets all things in the universe according to them.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as Lord of all, renews his people in his image and calls them back to the task of tending his creation. Therefore, we support Christian education that does not divide life into secular and sacred parts, nor ignores any part of the world as outside its interests.
We believe that Christ has called the members of his community to serve him together and has obligated them to teach their children how to serve in his kingdom. Therefore, we affirm that education is the task of the whole Christian community; Calvin Christian School takes its place beside the family and the church and fulfills a unique role in instructing and nurturing the student.
We believe that children of believers are members of the Christian community and are regarded as God's servants. Therefore, we support schools that encourage students, beginning while they are young, to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in everything and to use their skills in the interests of the kingdom of God.