Why Christian Higher education?
Reason #3 – TO KNOW GOD
Before the rise of rationalistic philosophy in the 18th century (i.e. Enlightenment) theology was known as the “queen of the sciences” because it promoted the highest purpose of humanity: knowing God and possessing eternal life. The apostle Paul expressed this purpose when he wrote, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8)
In most higher education institutions theology is not the “queen” and may not even be offered as a discipline. The most important study and the central purpose of humanity, to know God, are marginalized for lesser objectives. Christian higher education provides opportunity for students to pursue the “queen of the sciences”, to seek God and His kingdom as priority and to know God in intimate relationship. Knowing God is not relegated to a peripheral exercise that is an add-on to “real” study.
At the core, not as a sideline option, of our Prairie educational community is a passionate pursuit to know and love God. This primary pursuit of knowing God translates into a particular approach to education. For all students, the Prairie education involves small group discipleship, Bible/theology classes, chapels, days of prayer, spiritual life conference, opportunities for students to confront deep spiritual issues, and exposure to what God is doing around the globe.
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, “What comes into your mind when you think about God?” we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man…A right conception of God is basic not only to systematic theology but to practical Christian living as well…Wrong ideas about God are not only the fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous. The idolater simply imagines things about God and acts as if they were true.” (A. W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy)
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