Faith-Learning Integration


by
Steve Mittwede June 28, 2014


Presented at:
SCL Conference 2014

ABSTRACT:

Faith-learning integration is a stated goal of classical education that is also Christian (CCE). However, such an aspiration does not guarantee that faith-learning integration actually is or becomes a hallmark of CCE. In some CCE settings, faith-learning integration is impeded because of undue emphasis on the humanities, whereas in other CCE contexts it is waylaid because poor foundations have been laid for study of the sciences. It is suggested that science education in the CCE context can only be fruitful ultimately if the philosophical and theological foundations of science are first well-established and then made manifest throughout the teaching of specific science courses. A full-orbed approach to science education and, in fact, all truth-seeking, dictates that teachers introduce their courses with a clearly established and communicated philosophical and theological framework that both imbibes and revels in the glory of God displayed in the unity and coherency of truth within and across disciplines, and that also recognizes the limits of science due to human finitude and sin.


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Classical Education Faith Science Subject Integration Teachers


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Steve Mittwede
Steve Mittwede is incredibly privileged to be an instructor of Earth Science and Bible at Providence Classical School in Spring, Texas. In 1981, he was graduated from “Their Majesties Royal College” (The College of William and Mary) with a B.S. in Geology, after which he concurrently worked as a mineral resources geologist for the South Carolina Geological Survey and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology at the University of South Carolina. He is married to Dana, and they are blessed with four sons in close succession – all now grown and married. Steve and his family served in Turkey for 23 years, during which Steve was awarded an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University and an M.Th. in Modern Evangelical Theology from Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He is currently pursuing an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership at Columbia International University. Steve and Dana make their home in Tomball, Texas.

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