. . . We should teach math as a tool to help
us discover the kinds of relationships that
God has placed in this universe.
There’s another important reason to
study math. Dr. Ruth Beechick wrote:
“Christians sometimes ask, ‘Does the study
of arithmetic glorify God?’ The answer is
yes. While learning arithmetic, children
develop their God-given, natural, Biblical
mode of thinking. Biblical thinking begins
with the premises that God created everything and that basic truths of the creation
are self-evident to us . . . .
“Stars keep time more perfectly than
clocks can ever manage, crystals teach
solid geometry, musical tones vibrate in
mathematical patterns that man discov-
ers rather than creates. The heavens de-
clare the glory of God and the firmament
shows His handiwork. Yes, children can
learn arithmetic to the glory of God.”
How, then, should we teach math?
Not just as a bunch of numerical facts
to be mastered in order to complete
worksheets as quickly as possible. Since
God created the heavens and earth with
mathematical precision, we should
teach math as a tool to help us discover
the kinds of relationships that God has
placed in this universe.
Science is a subject where the rubber
meets the road. Humanists in schools
can hijack any course, but they began
with hijacking science and claiming it
as their own domain. I can just envision
them bowing before the Humanist Mani-
festo chanting their mantra: “Evolution is
science; creationism is religion.”
However, the truth is that the vast
majority of past scientific discoveries
were made by people who believed that
God created the universe in an orderly
fashion and set out to identify scien-
tific laws which provide that order. Ev-
ery student needs to read Men of Sci-
ence—Men of God by Henry M. Morris
to learn that there is no contradiction
between being a good scientist and be-
lieving in God.
There is a difference between scientific
facts and scientists’ theories. The truth is
that the creationist materials do a much
better job of presenting evidence for both
evolution and creation than do the secular materials, because the latter present
only the evolutionary theory.
In 1 Timothy 6: 20–21 records these
words by the apostle Paul: “O Timothy,
keep that which is committed to thy trust,
avoiding profane and vain babblings, and
oppositions of science falsely so called:
which some professing have erred concerning the faith.” Modern translations of the
Bible, such as the English Standard Version, translate that last phrase in verse 20
as follows: “what is falsely called knowledge.” Again, many educators replace
true knowledge with human theory.
How, then, should we teach science? As
the omnipotent God created it, not as fallible man interprets it.
I dislike the term social studies, because it sounds too much like the words
socialization and socialism. BJU Press
refers to this academic area as “heritage
studies,” a better choice of words in my
opinion, but in our homeschool we simply studied history and geography, usually together. We used mostly A Beka for
history and geography in the elementary
grades but supplemented them with lots
of pictorial history timelines, map exercise workbooks, and good historical
fiction. For high school, we have used
Bob Jones University’s World Geography,
Christian Liberty Press’s Streams of Civilization for world history, and several resources for U.S. history, including Peter
Marshall’s books and A Patriot’s History
of the United States by Larry Schweikart.
Why did we select the resources that
we did? They helped us see the influence
of God in the events that have happened
on earth. I recognize the benefit of teaching history as God’s story, “His story,”
and identifying God’s hand throughout
the events in history.
Every subject teaches something about
the nature and character of God. Lay a
strong foundation with proper Biblical presuppositions to enable your students to make sense of the world around
them. For more information about these
concepts, I strongly recommend
Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview by
Israel Wayne and Teaching the Trivium
by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn. May the
Lord give you grace and wisdom to teach
His story, His way, for His glory.
Wayne S. Walker, a native of Highland
County, Ohio, is married to Karen. Their
two sons have always been homeschooled.
Mark has graduated from homeschool,
and Jeremy is still in high school. Wayne
is a minister, and the Walkers currently
live in Salem, Illinois, but for over five
years Wayne served as volunteer Missouri coordinator for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.