Posts tagged ‘education’

August 23rd, 2013

Unsolicited Advice to Serious University Students

by Max Andrews

I figured it was about time for me to distribute some unsolicited advice. I haven’t always been successful in my academic career so I may not be an authority here. However, that’s not to say that I haven’t done well either. I wanted to share my scholastic habits with those university students who want to take their education seriously. I cannot offer guarantees but it’s my hope that you do what works for you and practice the habits that will produce a successful academic career.

  1. Education is a joy. The greatest trick the schools have ever pulled on us is to make us think education is purely pragmatic. Education is merely to accomplish an end for financial gain or the requirements to get into a good sports team, etc. Those who have bought into this idea have fallen prey to anti-intellectualism.
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June 24th, 2013

The Greatest Trick the Schools Have Ever Pulled On Us

by Max Andrews

The greatest trick the schools have ever pulled on us is to make us think education is purely pragmatic. Education is merely to accomplish an end for financial gain or the requirements to get into a good sports team, etc. Those who have bought into this idea have fallen prey to anti-intellectualism.

The greatest joy of education is that it never ends.  There is an enlightening splendor in the discovery of knowledge.  A yearn that is never quenched.  When we think we are satisfied and we’ve learned enough we’ve only demonstrated our finitude.  The virtue of knowledge is completely underappreciated.  

March 8th, 2013

Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution

by Max Andrews

Reblogged from The Atlantic.

More Christian parents are asking for mainstream science in their children’s curricula. Will religious textbook companies deliver?

For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the earth is only a few thousand years old, the theory of evolution is a lie, and dinosaurs coexisted with humans, there is no shortage of materials. Kids can start with the Answers in Genesis curriculum, which features books such as Dinosaurs of Eden, written by Creation Museum founder Ken Ham. As the publisher’s description states, “This exciting book for the entire family uses the Bible as a ‘time machine’ to journey through the events of the past and future.”

It’s no secret that the majority of homeschooled children in America belong to evangelical Christian families. What’s less known is that a growing number of their parents are dismayed by these textbooks.

Take Erinn Cameron Warton, an evangelical Christian who homeschools her children. Warton, a scientist, says she was horrified when she opened a homeschool science textbook and found a picture of Adam and Eve putting a saddle on a dinosaur. “I nearly choked,” says the mother of three. “When researching homeschooling curricula, I found that the majority of Christian homeschool textbooks are written from this ridiculous perspective. Once I saw this, I vowed never to use them.” Instead, Warton has pulled together a curriculum inspired partly by homeschool pioneer Susan Wise Bauer and partly by the Waldorf holistic educational movement.

Continue reading the original story from The Atlantic

October 18th, 2012

Research Funding

by Max Andrews

I am currently completing my MA in Philosophy and have been accepted to the University of Edinburgh’s PhD in Philosophy program. I’ve also applied to Oxford and Cambridge but won’t find out if I’ve been accepted for quite a while. My research is in the fine-tuning of nomic behavior in multiverse scenarios.

My wife and I will need to move to Edinburgh, Scotland next summer (2013). We are graciously seeking funds and donation from anyone who believes in the potential impact my research will have for philosophy, science, and theology. We have faced several trials with my Crohn’s disease, which hasn’t put us in a financial advantage for this endeavor. We need about $18,000 for the student visa application process and additional funding for tuition, travel, and setting up a new home. We’ll eventually need much more than what we are requesting here but we are hoping to work hard and earn as much money as we can to make it.

I would love to speak with anyone interested in helping us fund my PhD and contribute to academia. If you or anyone else know of anyone willing to help or even other programs or organizations that would be interested please let me know. There’s so much more I would love to discuss so please contact me at mlandrews@sententias.org. You can view my CV and present research at http://sententias.org/cv/. Thank you for your consideration. Anything would be a tremendous blessing.
May 9th, 2012

The Joy of Education

by Max Andrews

The greatest joy of education is that it never ends.  There is an enlightening splendor in the discovery of knowledge.  A yearn that is never quenched.  When we think we are satisfied and we’ve learned enough we’ve only demonstrated our finitude.  The virtue of knowledge is completely underappreciated.  The youth go to university to earn a degree for success or a high paying job without understanding that what they have attained is priceless.  The virtue of knowledge and the joy of discovery is widely ignored and set in the periphery.  Why is knowledge not delighted in for its own sake?

April 4th, 2012

So, You Need an Education to Understand the Bible? How Dare You Say Such a Thing

by Max Andrews

I recently shared a previous post of mine in which I discuss my response to the atheist objection that God is a moral monster on Facebook.  Referring to my comment that understanding the Levitical law requires an advanced knowledge of hermeneutics an agnostic/atheist responded:

Are you saying that a person can’t judge morality without some fancy education?

No, this is not what I’m saying at all.  My point is that you don’t learn the hermeneutical approach to understanding the laws and commands in the Old Testament in a first year hermeneutics class.  However, if one wants to have a deep knowledge of the material one does need an education on it.  This doesn’t mean you have to get a degree in it but you do need to be well read on hermeneutics.  Somehow Christians and non-Christians have a stigma suggesting that it’s offensive if a certain degree of knowledge is required to understand something.  How is this offensive? Surely, the Bible can be understood without a degree in theology or biblical studies but to understand it with depth you will have to read and learn.  We do we demand such simplicity?  If a cosmologist says that I need an advanced knowledge of relativity theory and quantum theory to understand the early models of our universe should I be offended? No. There are certain antecedent conditions that must be met in order to really understand something with meaningful depth.  It’s the process of learning and getting an education.

August 17th, 2011

How to Get a Theological Education Through iTunes U

by Max Andrews

Guest Blog Post by Joshua W. Anderson (joshuaanderson<at>fuller.edu)

What if I told you it’s possible to get a free theological education online? It’s well known that one can get a degree online these days; more and more schools are making their courses available on “virtual campuses.” They include the same lectures you would hear in the classroom—just recorded and posted online. Applying for school online has become a viable option, especially for those whose current walk in life makes them unwilling or unable to move across country to be on campus.

But let’s say you don’t want to actually enroll in a program and dish out the money for a degree. (Maybe you already have another degree, or are in the workforce, or ministry). Can you still get a theological education for free? You sure can: many Christian colleges and seminaries have posted classes to download for free on iTunes U. So much so, you can build your own curriculum rivaling the amount of classroom time it would take to actually go to school. At the end of your studies you won’t get a piece of paper to hang on the wall and show your friends, but you will learn a lot that God will be able to use for your ministry.

If you’re feeling led to do this, I’d recommend downloading a flash card program like Anki http://ankisrs.net/ and building flash card decks full of only the information you hear in the lectures you want to stick in your brain. Don’t go crazy building a huge deck of cards you’ll feel overwhelmed with; just put stuff on there you actually want to be able to quote off the top of your head. Then incorporate a daily (or weekly) time of study into your life. Just listen to a lecture (taking notes or adding info to your Anki deck), and then go over your flashcards again for the day. Anki is really cool because it’s designed upon an algorithm that works with the way we learn—so you only have to designate a set amount of time you want to study each day and over time you will master large amounts of material.

The time is going to pass either way: a year from now either you will have absorbed the equivalent of a master’s degree of knowledge, or not. I’m just telling you that you can do it for free!

Check out the links below for schools that have courses online, and my own ideas for putting together a curriculum.

God bless you in your studies.

Christian Schools:

Fuller Theological Seminary:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/fuller-theological-seminary/id380159118

Reformed Theological Seminary:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/reformed-theological-seminary/id378878142

Biola University:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/biola-university/id389654288

Dallas Theological Seminary:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/dallas-theological-seminary/id386158137

Liberty University:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/liberty-university/id427898998

Westminster Theological Seminary:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/westminster-theological-seminary/id430331214

Concordia Seminary:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/concordia-seminary/id426790662

Christian History:

History of Christianity I (Reformed Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/history-of-christianity-i/id378878676

History of Christianity II (Reformed Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/history-of-christianity-ii/id378878708

History I (Reformed Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=378878750

History II (Reformed Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=378878755

History of the Christian Church I (Liberty University)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=427913072

History of the Christian Church II (Liberty University)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=431286200

Ancient and Medieval Church History (Covenant Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=418582066

Christian Philosophy and Apologetics:

Critical Reasoning for Beginners (Oxford University)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/critical-reasoning-for-beginners/id387875757

Ethics for Complete Beginners (Oxford University)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=438910219

History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (Reformed Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/history-philosophy-christian/id378879176

Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Notre Dame)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=382668779

Defenders Class by William Lane Craig (ReasonableFaith.org)

http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/defenders-podcast/id252618196

Apologetics and Outreach (Covenant Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=418582076

Introduction to Apologetics (Liberty University)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=427913229

Christian Apologetics as Taught by Ronald Nash (Reformed Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=409829793

Christian Apologetics as Taught by John Frame (Reformed Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=378879273

History and Nature of Apologetics (Westminster Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=430339495

Hermeneutics and Exegesis:

Biblical Hermeneutics (Fuller Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/ne505-biblical-hermeneutics/id380159148

Bible Study Methods (Dallas Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=386158693

Biblical Hermeneutics (Concordia Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=426809720

The Gospels as Histories taught by Richard Bauckham (Reformed Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=426936770

The Pentateuch (Fuller Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=380159249

The Prophets (Fuller Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=380159288

Textual Criticism:

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (Daniel Wallace)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/center-for-study-new-testament/id416966041

Biblical Languages:

Basics of Biblical Hebrew (Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/beginning-hebrew-ruth-class/id392738805

Elementary Hebrew (Concordia Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=426804337

Elementary Greek (Concordia Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=426804037

Elements of Greek I (Dallas Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=386159183

Elements of Greek II (Dallas Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=386159200

Preaching and Homiletics:

Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety (UC Davis)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/overcoming-public-speaking/id414117823

Expository Preaching I (Dallas Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=386159618

Homiletics II (Concordia Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=426816801

Systematic Theology:

Systematic Theology as Taught by Wayne Grudem

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wayne-grudems-systematic-theology/id322844869

Intro to Theology (Dallas Theological Seminary)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=386159276

Some Notable Secular Institutions and Courses:

Oxford University:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/oxford-university/id381699182

Yale University:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/yale-university/id341649956

Harvard:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/harvard-university/id379060688

MIT:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/mit/id341593265

Stanford:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/stanford/id384228265

Philosophy of Mind as Taught by John Searle (UC Berkley)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=438307693

Science and Religion Lectures (Cambridge University)

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=418516646

*Note

I stuck with only links through iTunes U (except for William Lane Craig’s Defender’s class, and Dan Wallace’s material, because I couldn’t resist) but obviously you don’t have to limit yourself to this; there are also awesome podcasts that you could learn from that are not affiliated with a Christian university. Just go for it!