The Principle Approach

“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.”

~John Adams~

What is the Principle Approach?

     As Christians, the Principle Approach helps us mature in the knowledge of God (His purposes and ways), preparing us to advance the Kingdom of Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth. As American Christians, the Principle Approach enables us to discern the biblical principles of government upon which our nation was founded, thereby, empowering us to restore what has been systematically dismantled over generations.

     The heart of the Principle Approach teaches students to reason from biblical truth, or principles, and to make application to every area of life. Every class at Dayspring Christian Academy begins with God’s Word. From the Divine language of mathematics to the hand of Providence in history, each subject is taught from the perspective of God as Author. Students learn biblical principles that lead to the discovery of the origin and purpose of every subject and how God has used men and nations to advance His Kingdom. The purpose of education, under this philosophy, is to enlighten the understanding, shape the character, form the habits of discipline, and prepare young men and women to fulfill their God-given potential.

     Students are taught to think and reason from biblical principles and apply them to every area of life. Students are taught how to think, not what to think. In the setting of the Christian school, these principles are initially taught within the context of the various school subjects, offering a clear picture of the character and nature of the God who authored them. Students engage in the 4Rs of learning—Research, Reason, Relate, and Record—as a methodology that builds a biblical worldview. The notebook is developed as a record of a living curriculum, taught and modeled by the teacher, as well as researched and reasoned by the student. The notebook becomes a resource for future learning, while providing evidence of lasting scholarship.

     The Principle Approach is the kind of education that prevailed during America’s first two hundred years. This method produced men and women who were able to reason from biblical principles of government to form the world’s first Christian constitutional federal republic—The United States of America. This great experiment was built upon the Christian ideas of God, man, and government, and it afforded the greatest degree of liberty for the individual experienced up to that time.

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The Framework of Truth

     The Principle Approach provides the structure of truth that frames true education.  Wisdom is the key and the Principle Approach method forms wisdom as children learn how to think and reason from a Biblical perspective in order to redirect their humanness towards God.

     By regarding every individual child as a unique creation of God, endowed with His image, destined for immortality, and created with a special purpose in God’s grand design revealed when the absolute truths of God’s word are embedded into the heart, soul, and mind—the Christian idea of the child.

     By requiring that all teaching and learning in every subject and in all of life be placed within the context of God’s sovereignty and superintendence—the magnificent, all-inspiring context of the Hand of God in human history— true Providential history, that begins with creation and moves through the millennia seeing the key links in the Chain of Christianity up to this very day.

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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

     Next to the Bible, Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary is the primary resource for many aspects of education. Only by obtaining a firm grasp on the meaning of words can a person clearly understand and convey thoughts and truth. Secular Progressives say that language, like everything else, is evolving and that such an "old" reference is irrelevant to our modern culture. What they won't tell you is they are the driving force affecting change, pushing to rewrite the meaning of our founding documents and the alter the tone of the narrative within the culture. If you can change language, you can manipulate the perception of truth and rewrite laws by twisting what is already written. 

     Webster's 1828 Dictionary was commissioned by the First Continental Congress as an attempt to avert this war of words. They knew that if they could provide a reference point to which all generations could look to understand the words they chose and why they used them, our constitution, our rights and the fabric of our Christian American culture would never end. Is it any wonder liberals and secular progressives hate this book? It is an unchanging monument to freedom and a clear window into the thoughts of the men and women who so vigorously fought to give us freedom.

     By using Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary, our students not only gain a clarity of verbal meaning with a broad vocabulary, they also develop a deep Biblical understanding in the use of our language. Almost every definition is accompanied by scriptural use or application. The Bible relates to every subject a student could research. It leaves the realm of an isolated book and invades every area of life, becoming a companion to each undertaking a student pursues.

     Let's take one example with special relevance today. We will compare the current definition of the word "Marriage" according to Merriam-Webster and compare it to Noah Webster's 1828 definition. 

Marriage - Current definition according to Merriam-Webster

 

1a see usage paragraph below : the state of being united as spouses in a consensual and contractual relationship                          recognized by law

b: the mutual relation of married persons : WEDLOCK

c: the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage

 

2: an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected especially : the wedding ceremony and                              attendant festivities or formalities

3: an intimate or close union

They are careful to add

Usage of Marriage

The definition of the word marriage—or, more accurately, the understanding of what the institution of marriage properly consists of—continues to be highly controversial. This is not an issue to be resolved by dictionaries. Ultimately, the controversy involves cultural traditions, religious beliefs, legal rulings, and ideas about fairness and basic human rights. The principal point of dispute has to do with marriage between two people of the same sex, often referred to as same-sex marriage or gay marriage. Same-sex marriages are now recognized by law in a growing number of countries and were legally validated throughout the U.S. by the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. In many other parts of the world, marriage continues to be allowed only between men and women. The definition of marriage shown here is intentionally broad enough to encompass the different types of marriage that are currently recognized in varying cultures, places, religions, and systems of law.

Marriage - Definition according to Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God Himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of children.

Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled. Hebrews 13:4

2.  A feast made on the occasion of a marriage

The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who made a marriage for his son.  Matthew 22:2

3.  In a scriptural sense, the union between Christ and His church by the covenant of grace Revelation 19:7

     The differences are stark and the omissions and perversions of the currently promoted definition of this one word is enough to tear the fabric of a free nation to shreds. Imagine the twisting and convoluted definitions words like "Freedom," "Education," "Gender," "Truth" or any of the other host of words holding the framework of the understanding of the Christian American Liberty together. It is calculated assault on the Christian worldview. Arm your children with Truth and no one can rob them of Liberty.