Reformed Classical Christian Education: Recovering the Lost Heritage of Puritanism

Delivered by Steve Jeffery at New Saint Andrews College
02/21/2014

Steve Jeffery | Reformed Classical Christian Education: Recovering the Lost Heritage of Puritanism

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Steve Jeffery holds a PhD from Oxford and is the
pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical Church.


I. Introduction

“The Two Cultures”
Reformed Classical Christian Education

II. Scientific progress in the ancient world

Egypt, Babylon, Phoenicia
Ancient Greece (Thales, Pythagoras, Athens)
Ancient Alexandria (Euclid, Archimedes)

III. Scientific stagnation in the medieval world

Christianity
Ecclesiasticism
Rome
Methodological deficiencies
Distrust of the sense
Disdain for manual labor

IV. Scientific reawakening in the post-Reformation world

Methodological advances
Divine creation and divine sovereignty
The Reformed doctrine of vocation and the dignity of manual labor

V. Challenges and opportunities

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
R. Hooykaas, Religion and the Rise of Modern Science (Edinburgh and London: Scottish Academic Press, 1972)
Toby E. Huff, The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West (Cambridge: CUP, 1993)
L. W. H. Hull, History and Philosophy of Science: An Introduction (London: Longmans, 1959)
Eugene M. Klaaren, Religious Origins of Modern Science (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977)
Robert K. Merton, Science, Technology and Society in Seventeenth-Century England
(New York: Harper, 1970)
C.P. Snow, The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1961)