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Quotes to Ponder
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Truly Educated People

While reading one of my favorite homeschooling books, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay's For the Children's Sake, I was particularly blessed by a quote on "Literature" (in the "Education: A Science of Relationships" chapter) ...

Literature has a great natural power. Through it, we receive the gifted communication of other persons. In literature, perhaps more than through any other art form, we are able to get into the other man's shoes. ...

The Bible is literature, as well as history and truth about God and man. In the 1930s, my father [Francis Schaeffer] knew simple folk who had never had an "education." They still lived in simple cabins in the southern states of America. For the oldest ones, slavery was still a fairly recent memory. But Dad said that some of these persons were truly educated people in the true and wide sense. Why? They had read the Bible. The wholeness of this Book had educated them.

My love of literature has only blossomed in the past few years. In that short time, I have learned so much through the written word. My love for God's Word has grown immeasurably. The Bible has become my constant source of joy, truth, love, and learning. How blessed we are to be able to read the Bible as literature and as history. Even more, to read His Word as He reveals and speaks the truth directly to us, teaching us so that we might become truly educated people, so that we might know Him more fully.

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. - Psalm 119:130 (NIV)

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. - James 3:17

June 29, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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