Dr. Ted Newell releases book on the history of education from a Christian perspective

Dr. Ted Newell releases book on the history of education from a Christian perspective

Posted in on January 31, 2019

Ted Newell, Ed.D.Dr. Ted Newell of Crandall’s Education department, has released a new book discussing the history of education from a Christian perspective.

Education: A Student’s Guide, is part of the series, “Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition,” edited by David S. Dockery, and shows how exploring Christian thinking about education throughout history can equip educators today to reclaim their task.

Education has the power to shape a culture, influencing the formation and transmission of cherished traditions, foundational narratives, and core values across generations. This guide seeks to reclaim a vision for a distinctly Christian approach to education aimed at fostering a renewal of Christianity in our day.

John Milbank, Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham, said of Dr. Newell’s book: “A future Christian revival may depend on the development of a Christian alternative to our current mode of education, which has surrendered to liberal, managerialist, and technocratic ideology. A Christian alternative can potentially exercise mass appeal and therefore prove the most effective instrument of mission for the future. Ted Newell has produced an immensely useful handbook for this task. I thoroughly recommend it.”

Education: A Student's Guide

About the series

In an interview with The Gospel Coalition, series editor David Dockery described the collection this way:

“The ‘Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition’ series is designed to provide an overview for the distinctive way the church has read the Bible, formulated doctrine, provided education, and engaged the culture through the centuries. The various contributors to the series all agree that personal faith and genuine Christian piety are essential for Christian living and for service in the church.”

Authors involved in the series answer the following questions, each in the context of their own topic:

  • How does the Christian faith influence our understanding of culture, literature, philosophy, government, beauty, art, or work?
  • How does the Christian intellectual tradition help us understand truth?
  • How does the Christian intellectual tradition shape our approach to education?

Dockery goes on to say, “We believe that the series … meets an important need because the secular culture in which we now find ourselves is, at best, indifferent to the Christian faith, and the Christian world—at least in its popular forms—tends to be confused about the Christian faith.”

The books deal with a wide array of topics, including Art and Music, Literature, Science, and more, with Dr. Newell’s entry on Education being the latest release in the series.

Education: A Student’s Guide is available now from Crossway in both print and digital formats, as well as from a variety of other retailers.