SSD separates life into those parts in which God is interested (sacred) and those in which He is not concerned (secular).
By Dr. Arthur Jones of the West Yorkshire School of Christian Studies (WYSOCS)
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.
By Glen Schultz, May 3, 2020, in his Kingdom Education Ministries blog
If I have been asked this question once, I have been asked it hundreds of times. It is asked most often after I have presented information about how dangerous secular education is to our children’s and grandchildren’s future.
Why are Christian parents, pastors and church leaders unwilling to address the issue of education biblically?
Having been asked this so many times and trying to prayerfully answer it, I have come to the conclusion that the main reason this isn’t happening is DUALISM! This is a term that I first read about in the late Dr. Albert Greene’s book, Recapturing the Future of Christian Education.
A Facebook group seeking to be a catalyst for major reform of education through a biblically wholistic approach that dispenses with "sacred-secular dualism," and creates culture that is in alignment with Christ.
Personal reflections on the nature and challenges of relating all of life and learning to God and His Word
By Christian Overman in Worldview Matters, January 2, 2018
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.
By Christian Overman in Worldview Matters, Friday, February 9, 2018
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?