Christian Curriculum?! NEW!!



I get worried remarks from my father, a geology major and not a believer, about teaching science from a Christian worldview. Christian Kids Explore Chemistry and Christian Kids Explore Physics are written by Robert and Elizabeth Ridlon. They do a great job of representing the God-glorifying aspect expected in a science book entitled "Christian Kids..." So in case you were wondering, here's excerpts from CKEC. The "Christian" parts are in the introductions to each new unit, for instance:

Unit 1 Intro:
"Studying chemistry, just like other sciences, is a way to appreciate creation more deeply and examine the beauty of all that God has made. The universe was created by God and is made up of matter and energy that can be studied."

Unit 3 Intro:
"Matter is part of God's creation and it is subject to certain rules. Just like God has rules for people, the Bible tells us that He has rules for all of creation. In this unit we are going to see how different chemicals behave- how they act and how they react."

Astonishingly, they do not ask the student to memorize Colossians 1: 16 and 17! A friend of mine is married to a chemist and he has it tattoed on his arm. It is clearly about chemistry:

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible... all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Other books are written by an author who is madly in love with his subject, like you find in The Mystery of the Periodic Table, where it was made evident that an intelligent design was behind the elements. The book points out many ways that Chemistry is orderly, exact and not accidental. He doesn't say, "God invented the elements and their properties" but he has at least three paragraphs full of exclamation points and sentences which express wonder at the perfection that the chemists were astounded to find. Here a Christian parent could easily fill in with their world view.

So there you have it. A firsthand report of just what it means when you hear "Christian Science Curriculum." More soon when I look at Apologia.

What is a Worldview? article HERE

I'm so pleased you are utilizing Classical Curriculum! Teresa (Tracy) Dear

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