Three Reasons Our Children Need Comparative Worldview Education
1. Our Children Need to Think Critically
Scripture commands that we carefully cultivate our minds and avoid the pitfalls of false ideas (Rom. 12:2, 2 Cor. 10:5, Col. 2:8). Yet research has shown that we are not equipping our children in this way. The situation I described above is a prime example. My students had adopted false ideas without a second thought.
Comparative worldview education trains children to critically evaluate every truth-claim they encounter. Doing this helps bolster their confidence in Christianity. Why? Because Christians have the truth on our side. Christianity is the worldview that actually lines up with reality!
2. Our Children Need Hearts and Minds Prepared to Worship God
We want our children to be life-long followers of Jesus who worship Him alone. However, when we only teach our children Bible stories and Christian principles, we fail to demonstrate that God encompasses all of reality. This hinders them from seeing God as the true object of worship.
Comparative worldview education helps children understand that God is the source of truth and the creator and sustainer of all. As my students went through Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum, they began to see God as present and sovereign over all areas of life. This knowledge prepared their hearts to delight in Him, the only one worthy of worship.
3. Our Children Need Preparation to Confront False Ideas
The end goal of any good teacher is to work him- or herself out of a job. We do not want to cripple our children by making them spiritually and intellectually dependent upon us. One day we will not be there when they are challenged by a nonbelieving friend, an atheist professor, or a heretical website.
Comparative worldview education prepares our children to encounter the hollow and deceptive philosophies of our culture. It equips them to evaluate such ideas and understand why they are not true. In this sense, comparative worldview education sets the stage for life-long discipleship.My third-graders were not equipped to critically evaluate ideas when they turned our classroom into an eastern meditation center. If we want our children to be critical thinkers who faithfully follow Jesus and are prepared to confidently engage our culture, we need to train them to evaluate every truth-claim that comes their way. That is why we need comparative worldview education.