Integration Of Faith And Learning

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The integration of faith and learning has been a “popular” discussion topic at Christian colleges across the country. The word popular has been placed in quotes here because, for many Christian students, the discussion faith and learning integration has been the source of much confusion and stress. This stems from an erroneous belief that one cannot coexist with the other. In essence, students feel that their faith would be undermined if science had explanations for the many beliefs they had about the natural world. For example, if in science class, students learn that rainbows are a natural phenomenon created independently of God then that would somehow lesson the impact that the Bible had in explaining this event as described in Genesis 9:16-17. …show more content…
Entire courses are devoted to helping students examine how their major area of study can be integrated with their faith. Students are required to write extensive papers analyzing how to integrate faith and learning and discuss major issues during class. The importance of faith-learning integration extends to professors applying for tenure, as they are required to submit an integration project as part of their tenure and promotion portfolio. Aside from getting a good grade in class or attaining job security, the integration of faith and learning is absolutely necessary for the Christian who wants to live in this world and engage with the culture in a healthy way as described in Romans …show more content…
And the mechanism by which this occurs is through a renewing of the mind. Jesus stated in Luke 10:27 that we must love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. It seems that at some point in our Christian upbringing, focus was placed in the first three domains while almost neglecting the last. The integration of faith and learning will not only require commitment of the heart, soul, and strength of the believer, but perhaps more importantly, of the mind. The scientific revolution has allowed secular society to take hold of the minds of the people, including Christians to the points where an unnecessary dichotomy exists between faith and learning. Therefore, a correct and suitable method of integrating faith and learning is important not only because it plays a key role in the life and culture of Christian colleges, but also because it is practical for helping us live in a world where we, as Christians, are commanded to challenge and sometimes change

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