Have you wondered how faith concepts should be engaged in your subject area? Dr. Mark Eckel has created a synthesis of biblical ideas in several disciplines.

Current Disciplines:
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • Health / PE
  • Language Arts
  • Technology
  • World Languages
  • Government

Each subject of study includes 4 major strands. Each strand includes the discipline’s philosophy, biblical foundations, understandings / attitudes / outcomes, and activities / ideas / questions.  Each strand contains biblical-theological-attitudinal-practical connections to the strand of learning.

There is a one-time cost of $50 per subject area for this content.

An example from math:
 

(Philosophy) Mathematical patterns are predicable and reliable because a faithful, dependable God established them. (Gen 8:21-22; Deut 7:9; Jer 31:35-37; Mal 3:6; 1 Cor 1:9; Heb 13:8; James 1:17)

(Foundations) Consistency. God is constant, unwavering, and shows no partiality. He does not change and math mirrors His stability (Acts 10:34-35; Rom 2:11; Heb 6:17; 13:8)

(Attitudes) I can find joy in the discovery of God’s rich and abundant patterns in His creation.

(Ideas) God established the patterned designs of honeycombs, pinecones, snowflakes, spirals (DNA structure, shells, galaxies) etc. . . .

An example from fine arts:
 

(Philosophy) Artists fashion what they believe about life, God, and His creation. Ex 25-28, 31, 35-40; 1 Kings 5-7; 2 Chr 3-4

(Foundations)The works of an artist reveal his inner thoughts, feelings, and ideas (Prov 4:23; Matt 12:33-35).

(Attitudes) The value of artistic work is found in both its aesthetic merit and its accurate depiction of truth/reality.

(Ideas) Investigate the personal lives of different artists to identify how their life experiences and worldview is reflected specific works they produced.  Conversely, speculate on the beliefs of an artist based on his artwork and then investigate his personal life to see if your speculations were correct.

An example from world languages:
 

(Philosophy) Learning another’s language may help to establish unified communication (Gen 12:1-3; Ps 96; Rev 5:9-10).

(Foundations) The gospel is international—crossing the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe—yet universal for all people (Gen 12:1-3).

(Attitudes) Accepting differences, meeting people where they are.

(Ideas) Ask, “How important is literacy for a nation?” See Vishal and Ruth Mangalwadi, The Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture.  (Wheaton: Crossway, 1999), pp. 91-92.

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Dr. Eckel is Professor of Leadership, Education & Discipleship, Capital Seminary & Graduate School. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.