Much of our modern thought and our educational system comes from ancient Greek roots. The Greeks were the first to separate education from religion. They valued the intellect above moral concerns. They focused on knowing rather than doing. To the Greek, right thinking was more important than right conduct. In our study of ancient Greece this year, we will seek to understand how different this culture’s approach to life was than that of the Hebrews. We are studying through each book of the Bible along with studying the historical cultures of that time. Like the Hebrews, I believe that the goal of education should be to prepare individuals to serve God and prepare for eternity. In my opinion, learning for the sake of learning is wasted energy. A list of facts does not make one wise. I long for my children to be full of God’s wisdom and to understand how all things reveal His glory. Studying the Greeks provides insight into how Westerners have been trained to think and how this has to be unlearned in order to truly understand the Word of God which was written by Hebrews with a totally different way of thinking.
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