Establishing the Habit of Reflective Thinking and Biblical Reasoning:
Ideas have consequences! Ideas form the basis of our worldview, the filter through which we channel experiences and ideas, formulate thoughts and make decisions. Ideas begin in the mind -- the seat of liberty or bondage, the battleground for our future welfare! The Apostle Paul, Biblical scholar of the New Testament, clearly understood the spiritual and procreative power of words, thoughts, and ideas and vigorously instructed first century Christians throughout his letters:
- "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world." [Colossians 2:6 & 8]
- "Cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." [2 Corinthians 10:5]
- "But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray." [2 Corinthians 11:3]
- "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." [Romans 12:2]
useless without the Bible" - Noah Webster
When working with young, pliant minds, it is essential for the educator to establish the habit of beginning the search for principles, answers, and solutions, in the Word of God, the Logos! It is the Divine Word that consecrates and inspires the mind and builds intellectual virtue. This is why Noah Webster, father of American Christian education, wrote the first American dictionary and established a system of rules to govern spelling, grammar, and reading. This master linguist understood the power of words, their definitions, and the need for precise word usage in communication to maintain independence. Eager for Americans to be free from the bondage of old world ideas which were disseminated through our educational system, Dr. Webster laid the foundation for uniquely American education and the American usage of English words in his dictionary.
At StoneBridge, each student develops the habit of research by beginning with God's Word through the Word Study. This is the foundation upon which the pathway of logical thinking and just reasoning is established.