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A new dictator has risen to power! He is not a member of the United Nations Security Council. He is not officially recognized by any existing national government. He has not been elected to any office by any constituency. That dictator must be destroyed or we and our children shall be destroyed. But he is very […]

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A Calvinistic University in America

In the last issue I introduced the discussion of the movement for a Calvinistic University in America by undertaking a fairly broad analysis of the present historical situation. An attempt was made to assess elements of strength and weakness as a background for realistic thinking concerning the attainment of this goal. The particular advantage of […]

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A Calvinistic University in America

For a number of decades Calvinistic Christians have been giving expression to the hope that there might be a “Free University” in America. It has remained, however, little more than an ideal. That the ideal has not been realized may be accounted for in many ways. Not every observer would agree perhaps on all points. But […]

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When God Speaks

Reformed Christians accept among their creeds a statement called The Belgic Confession or, simply, The Confession of Faith. In the foreword to this creed we are told that a man in Belgium, Guido de Bres, died a martyr’s death because he wrote this creedal statement. It is, therefore, a thing to be taken seriously. In […]

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What Do Professors Do?

For a couple of years I heard comments about a book I was not eager to read. The book’s title put me off: it is called Profscam. The subtitle tells us more: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education. The author of this book is Charles J. Sykes. and it was published by St. Martin’s […]

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Fighting Words

At a recent Redeemer College faculty meeting, we talked about the antithesis. The context was a discussion of Reformed emphases and distinctives in our curriculum—how best to introduce and reinforce them. During the meeting we also talked about tensions resulting from the diversity of church backgrounds represented in the student body. It is sometimes difficult […]

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OBE – Bane or Blessing?

If you want to start a lively debate, one sure way to do so is to make a statement about Outcomes-Based Education, “OBE” for short. During the last few years the clash of opinions on this issue has been heard loud and long in many of our Christian school communities. In some of those communities, […]

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Ignorance is not Bliss

A report by the Department of Education about American public school students’ ignorance of history is no surprise. Similar studies have shown a mostly discouraging trend for more than 20 years. But the response from those who are responsible for the deplorable intellectual and social conditions in schools, while not surprising, is a triumph of […]

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Why I Homeschool

“Why do you homeschool?” Of all the questions I knew I would have to field when I embarked on this radical lifestyle, this was the one I dreaded most. I did not have strong negative feelings about leaving the school system as some families do. As far as I could tell the school system was […]

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Homeschooling as an Educational Choice

INTRODUCTION Few choices will have as lasting an impact on one’s child than the school which he/she attends. For thirteen years, school dominates the child’s life: shaping his/her thinking, molding his/her character, and to a certain extent, determining his/her destiny. Today’s parents have three options: public schools, private schools and home school. The purpose of […]

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