Friday, August 28, 2009

Christian Culture and Education

"The repeated New Testament call for separation demands that we refuse to think and act like those around us. Mass media have turned what otherwise would be a vast heterogeneous collection of subcultures into a homogeneous unity. Just as life in a small village squeezes its inhabitants into a common mold, so the pressures of the global village require a similar conformity. The drive for respectability, the concern not to be thought odd, makes us vulnerable to the errors of fashion, of snobbery, of servility, of hypocrisy." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destructionpage 310

"Society's most important institutions serve the socializing function, making people better balanced and adjusted to the way things are. And that is why they are so dangerous. All education is of necessity value-laden, and the public school is the most powerful of these instruments of conformity. Its goal is to instill society' norms and to discredit deviant ideas... The biblical norm requires that we renounce this kind of socialization." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destruction page 310

"Christians, thus, are able to be subversives refusing to conform to the norms of their surroundings. Far from allying themselves with the "best" of the dominant culture, they must recognize that what is thought to be best is so only by comparison with a set of standards that is unacceptable. The appropriate response to the dominant culture, then, is to refuse subservience to it, to reject the domination of its norms, activities on the idolatries that control American life. In short, to rebel." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destruction pages 310-311

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