Philosophy of Education
Degrees offered by various departments of Pensacola Christian College use the following 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 which impart Christian character development, communicative skills, and subject matter in harmony with the inspired Word of God, which is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” 2 Tim. 3:16–17.
We believe that 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 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 Campus Church pulpit are vital in the Christian training program. Classroom instruction supports and reinforces that training. Students are taught the Christian philosophy of life so that 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 fulness 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.