Curriculum Guide

for

ADVOCATE Enterprise and the Central Ohio Reformation Institute


The glory of God in Christ must be the explicit and highest end of the curriculum as a whole, as well as every particular academic discipline.


Theology must be established as the queen of the disciplines, not in terms of a rigidity that stifles scholarship or scientific inquiry, but rather in the form of a lucid and decisive assertion of the Holy Scriptures as the fountainhead of all human academic endeavor.


Aesthetics, as well as technology, must be subordinated to ethics, ethics to ontology, and ontology to theology in the philosophical scheme which underlies the academic curriculum.


The curriculum must be directed to the will and not merely to the rational or speculative faculties of the mind. Holiness, manifested in joyful worship and obedience to God's revealed will, and truth, manifested in thinking, speaking, and living according to God's Word and Spirit, must take priority over academic freedom; indeed, they are the foundation of academic freedom.


Ethics, in the purest sense, must be rooted in regeneration. A supreme love for God, as distinct from a regard for the public welfare, must be the highest end of moral philosophy; indeed, the true interest of the public welfare must be viewed as best served by this order.


Creation must be subordinated to redemption in the theological framework embracing the curriculum, for redemption more clearly and wonderfully displays the Divine glory. History, accordingly is to be viewed as the outworking of God's eternal, intra-Trinitarian covenant of redemption in terms of a covenant of grace as the means of God's communication of His own glorious fulness to men in space and time.


Divine Sovereignty must upstage and overshadow the human will in the theological scheme which embraces the curriculum. Accordingly, that particular theological scheme which makes man most dependent upon God in the affair of salvation must be preferred to any system which reverses the order of dependence.


Every faculty member must actively seek to re-direct the secular lines of his particular academic discipline God-ward. Christian thought and spirit must not become bifurcated.


While the pursuit of human happiness must be affirmed as a legitimate concern, it must be clearly subordinated to, and thereby find its fulfillment in, the pursuit of Divine happiness, i.e., the delight which God takes in His own holiness.