Harry Blamires in his book The Christian Mind (1978) writes, “There is no longer a Christian mind. . . . the modern Christian has succumbed to secularization. He accepts religion—its morality, its worship, its spiritual culture; but he rejects the religious view of life, the view which sets all earthly issues within the context of the eternal, the view which relates all human problems—social, political, cultural—to the doctrinal foundations of the Christian faith, the view which sees all things here below in terms of God’s supremacy and earth’s transitoriness, in terms of heaven and hell.”
At Killian Hill we not only believe that this accurately depicts the state of our culture today, but also we are intentionally doing something about it. As a core tenant of our educational program, we teach a biblical worldview designed to equip students to combat the secularization of religion. Education today has pushed God and a Christian worldview out of the classroom and replaced it with a self-promoting idea that education is the answer to individual and societal expectations. Our current society has replaced the God of the Bible with the god of education and looks to it to solve our woes. This atheistic form of education might pretend to be neutral, but it actually opposes the reality of God and his truth.
Many Christians have unwittingly accepted this philosophy of the compartmentalization of their religious and secular life; therefore, too often we see students who compartmentalize their religious and their secular life assuming that they can apply a different set of rules in each setting. We should not be surprised about this when it is such a strong philosophy not only in modern culture but also in the modern Christianity.
So how do we train students to think differently about their faith? We incorporate biblical truth into every aspect of our school day—from Bible class to chapel, to math class, to vocabulary and spelling lists, in peer-to-peer relationships, in discipline, in service, in conversation, in thought process and logical reasoning based on biblical truth, and to appropriate interpersonal relationships with students and parents. God and a scriptural worldview are not compartmentalized to Bible class and chapel, and then the remaining educational curriculum and thought promoted from a secular viewpoint. At Killian Hill, our education does not simply include a biblical worldview, but rather the foundation for truth and our education is based on doctrine taught in the Bible.