Philosophy of Education
Education is based on the Christian-traditional philosophy in contrast to humanistic, progressive systems of education. Christian-traditional education is rooted in objective reality and absolutes, as opposed to relativism. The Christian-traditional philosophy provides students the programs and methods of studies that impart Christian character development, communicative skills, and subject matter in harmony with God’s truth in various academic disciplines. The objective of Christian-traditional education is to present the Christian framework for each student to be articulate, knowledgeable, and with Christian character.
We believe the content of Christian education must be in harmony with “whatsoever things are true,… honest,… just,… pure, [and]… lovely” (Phil. 4:8). We believe that classroom methods should be faculty-directed (Deut. 6:7), with the student acquiring knowledge through studying (2 Tim. 2:15), researching (John 5:39), reasoning (Acts 24:25), relating (Luke 24:27), and recording (3 John 12).
Scripture gives the true view of God and man. God is an orderly Personality. He created man and the universe and is the Author of order, reason, and reality that are reflected in the universe. All truth is God’s truth.
Christian education must deal with the social and the spiritual, as well as the academic dimensions of the student. Academic programs of Pensacola Christian College are only a part of the educational process of college life. The essence of a disciple of Christ is self-denial (Titus 2:12) and self-discipline. The chapel platform and the Campus Church pulpit are vital to the Christian training program. Classroom instruction supports and reinforces that training. Students are taught the Christian philosophy of life so they are armed “lest any man spoil [him] through philosophy and vain deceit” (Col. 2:8).
Through Christian education, the student must be brought to “unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). The graduate is then able to be an effective witness for Christ, and is academically equipped in a free society to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in daily life.