Transforming Teachers - Sacred-secular divide

SSD separates life into those parts in which God is interested (sacred) and those in which He is not concerned (secular).

  • Christian discipleship for the modern world

    The Western world generally regards religion as a marginalised affair of little or no relevance to public life. This paper argues that this assessment is correct and reflects a massive failure of Christian discipleship. Many churches have been so influenced by modern worldliness that they have lost key elements of Gospel distinctiveness. The paper examines both the secular influences and Biblical teaching in order to suggest first steps towards a re-establishment of effective Christian discipleship.

  • When dualism reigns

    By Christian Overman in Worldview Matters, January 2, 2018Larkmead School Abingdon Oxfordshire, Blackcatuk at English Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

    Millions of children from Christian homes are indoctrinated daily in the tenets of secularism—by means of silence from two sides.

    Separating the Word of God from academics in school has spawned a debilitating yet popular mindset known as “SSD,” or the “Sacred-Secular Divide.” This dualism constricts the Light of Scripture to Sunday morning sermons, and does not apply it to business, law, medicine, art, civil governance or anything else outside the four walls of a church.

    A secularized math class that never explores how numbers fit into God’s plan for humans to govern over all of creation, is as senseless as a secularized Sunday School. Once education becomes secularized, God’s Word can then be marginalized, privatized, and made solely personal.

    When dualism reigns, Christianity is not applicable to the public square, or to the daily workplace. It’s only good for Sunday morning services, and nothing beyond.

  • Why the church has remained so silent

    If the Bible is irrelevant to the most important things taught in school, then it will certainly be irrelevant to the most important things outside of school, too. This is the devilish outcome of dualism. In the end, we all lose.

    Is it any wonder the biblical foundations for law, civil government, economics and family that once provided accepted harbor lights for our society have been replaced? The incessant move toward the secularization of education and the privatization of Christianity has been enormously successful, being expedited greatly through elementary and secondary schools.

    Is it any wonder our youth are disinterested in church today, since Christianity is deemed irrelevant to the majority of their waking hours?