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Something’s Wrong with Education in the Republic

From our good friend Christian Overman …

John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States, declared: “…we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

If you think the “morality and religion” Adams had in mind could be something other than morality and religion as defined by the Bible and Christianity, you may be under the age of 25.

Adams realized the future of the American system rested upon the continuing existence of a body of people who practice self-government under the God of the Bible.

Noah Webster, Founding Father called, “The Schoolmaster of the Nation,” once wrote: “…the education of youth should be watched with the most scrupulous attention. Education, in a great measure, forms the moral characters of men, and morals are the basis of government.”

Webster recognized the Bible is “that book which the benevolent Creator has furnished for the express purpose of guiding human reason in the path of safety, and the only book which can remedy, or essentially mitigate, the evils of a licentious world.”

… Many people are asking, “What has happened to America?” Noah Webster gave us clues.

In 1787, when the Constitution was first drafted, it was not unreasonable to think U.S. citizens could be the kind of “moral and religious people” necessary for the American Republic to work. In the church-established schools of the day (nearly all schools were church-established then), early Americans became Bible-conscious, and they learned what “self-government under God” is all about.

Where are the Noah Websters of today?

  • Christian Overman

Go to Christian’s blog at Worldview Matters to read the rest!

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Dr. Christian Overman is founder and director of Worldview Matters. His blog is often featured at Darrow Miller and Friends. Dr. Overman is a writer, a speaker, a coach, and a Colson Centurion. Worldview Matters exists to help followers of Christ recover from secularized thought, and to make relevant connections between the biblical worldview and everyday life. The agency assists churches, schools and businesses in equipping their members to live out the implications of their faith in harmony with Christ and His Word. Christian and his wife, Kathy, have been married since 1972. They have 4 adult children, and 10 grandchildren.