Q: What is the Trojan Horse in Christian Education?

The Trojan Horse in Christian Education is a historical look at the contrast between four biblical presuppositions and four humanistic presuppositions beginning with Adam and Eve in the garden and continuing century by century until today. There are questions at the end of each chapter and an outline at the end of the book for using it as a year long historical textbook. Part 1 looks at the pursuit of knowledge. Part 2 looks at the pursuit of knowing God.

Biblical Presuppostions

Scripture is God’s special revelation to man. It tells us about God and man’s relationship to God, to one another, and to God’s creation. Scripture is the absolute, inspired, infallible, truth from God with a clear communication of right and wrong.

God is the almighty, sovereign, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, eternal creator. God is one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. God is holy, righteous, just, and cannot accept sin in His presence. However, God graciously reaches out in love and draws people to Himself for eternal salvation through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son.

Fleshly Man was good as God created him, but he sinned when approached by Satan. Now all men are born with a sin nature. Sinful man must repent and turn to God as his Lord for salvation by the power of the Holy Spirit. Redeemed man is being sanctified through the Holy Spirit and the cleansing blood of Jesus. Through God’s mercy and grace redeemed man uses his spiritual gifts for God’s glory.

Eternity is life with God or punishment apart from God. Salvation is through God’s Son Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for sin, a gift of grace because of God’s love.

Humanistic Presuppositions

Truth is relevant and ever changing. There are no absolutes.

God either does not exist or is no longer involved in the affairs of man. It is more appropriate to describe God as being everything that encompasses the self-existent universe and everything as being God.

Fleshly Man, basically good and at the pinnacle of the evolved state, has the ultimate responsibility to achieve an ideal utopia through science and socialism for the good of society.

Eternity, if it exists, is determined by what man does in this life. More commonly the picture is that this earthly life is all there is.