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With all your mind : a Christian philosophy of education
Peterson, Michael L., 1950-
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Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, [2001]

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xii, 260 pages ; 23 cm

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With All Your Mind makes a compelling case for the value of thinking deeply about education in America from a historically orthodox and broadly ecumenical Christian point of view. Few people dispute that education in America is in a state of crisis. But not many have posed workable solutions to this serious problem. Michael Peterson contends that thinking philosophically about education is our only hope for meaningful progress. In this refreshing book, he invites all who are concerned about education in America to "participate" in his study, which analyzes representative theories and practical strategies that reveal the power of Christian ideas in this vital area. Peterson addresses the most fundamental questions facing educators, and society in general, such as: What is the purpose of education? What goals do new techniques and methods serve? What kind of person is our educational system supposed to produce? He also explores questions of unique importance to Christians, such as: What is the relation between Christianity and the pursuit of intellectual excellence? How can Christians bring their faith to bear on all areas of knowledge? Can educated Christians significantly influence culture? With All Your Mind examines the key assumptions and implications of influential classical and contemporary philosophies with respect to education, including idealism, naturalism, Thomism, experimentalism, existentialism, linguistic analysis, and postmodernism. Based on this analysis, Peterson develops an unapologetically Christian philosophy of education in regard to curriculum design, instilling ethics and values, and the nature of teaching and learning.

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Michael L. Peterson is professor of philosophy at Asbury Theological Seminary, managing editor of the journal Faith and Philosophy , and the editor of The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings, Second Edition (2016), also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Library Journal Review

Peterson, a devout believer in Christian theism, is a philosophy professor at a Christ-centered liberal arts college. His 1998 God and Evil examined evil in the context of the philosophy of religion. Here he deals with educational issues from a fundamentalist perspective, which holds that universal truths and values are knowable because they are based on the Scriptures. Before making his case for a Christian philosophy of education, Peterson surveys other philosophies, including existentialism, experimentalism, and postmodernism, and expounds on each of their inadequacies as a basis for teaching today's youth. Contemporary education is beset by many problems, he argues, that can best be solved by instilling a reverent sense of humanity in children of all ages. Curricula based on a Christian worldview would promote ethics and values along with the pursuit of intellectual excellence in other areas of study. Peterson concludes by urging all Christian scholars to transform culture by reflecting the character of God in all they do. Fundamentalists will applaud Peterson's stance, but nonbelievers will find too many leaps of faith required to embrace his subjective thinking. Recommended for large education, religion, and philosophy collections. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.