Dabney’s First Letter on the Virginia State School System

Dabney’s First Letter on the Virginia State School System

Dr. Ruffner obviously advocated state education in Virginia and thus criticized Dabney. Dabney then fired back with four letters that can be found in his Discussions. His first letter, titled, “The State Free School System Imposed Upon Virginia by the Underwood Constitution,” was written on April 18, 1876. Dabney comes out swinging in this letter.

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Moses, Daniel, and Pagan Education

Moses, Daniel, and Pagan Education

A potential objection to the insistence on Christian education is that Moses and Daniel received an unbelieving education in their day. Therefore, one may argue that it is acceptable to send Christian children to secular schools today (i.e. American public schools). But what does the Bible actually say about Moses' and Daniel's education? 

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A.A. Hodge – Public Schools are the "Engine" of Atheism

A.A. Hodge – Public Schools are the "Engine" of Atheism

"It is self-evident that on this scheme, if it is consistently and persistently carried out in all parts of the country, the United States system of national popular education will be the most efficient and wide instrument for the propagation of Atheism which the world has ever seen."

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Book Review: Going Public (Pritchard)

Book Review: Going Public (Pritchard)

I usually review books that I can recommend. However, I decided to review Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School by David & Kelli Pritchard because it one of the only books I am aware of that encourages Christians to send their children to public schools. Forgive me for being unduly harsh in this review, but this really is a terrible book. And Tim Challies should be ashamed for writing a favorable review.  

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R.L. Dabney on the Unique Responsibility of Parents

R.L. Dabney on the Unique Responsibility of Parents

Parenting has fallen on hard times in our day, as many parents have abdicated the responsibility to raise their children. This is sad because of the monumental influence parents have on their children. No one understood this influence better than R.L. Dabney, the great Southern Presbyterian pastor and theologian.

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"Teach Them Diligently" – A Sermon on Deuteronomy 6

"Teach Them Diligently" – A Sermon on Deuteronomy 6

I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues of our day—education. But rather than invoke the opinions of man on this subject, I want us to look at a very important passage from God’s Word, Deuteronomy 6. God has much to say about parenting and educating our children, and this is one of the central passages on the subject. 

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R.L. Dabney's Devastating Critique of Secular Education

R.L. Dabney's Devastating Critique of Secular Education

Dabney’s best works on education are found in his Discussions (a collection of essays published posthumously by his friend), with his most important work being his essay “Secularized Education.” I would like to outline and summarize this great essay, as it provides a devastating critique of the secular education so common today.

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Book Review: The Case for Classical Christian Education (Wilson)

Book Review: The Case for Classical Christian Education (Wilson)

Douglas Wilson's The Case for Classical Christian Education is one of the best available books on Christian education. Wilson is a Presbyterian pastor and author of many books on family and education. He is considered one of the leaders of the classical Christian school movement, helping found the Logos School and the Association of Classical Christian Schools. 

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