Foundational Issues in Christian Education, 3rd Edition
An Introduction in Evangelical Perspective
"In this new edition, Pazmino stays true to his character and his scholarship. With the addition of reflective discussions on the postmodern impulse in society and its trajectory in educational ministry, he offers wise counsel to church leaders to press on in God's ongoing transformation of the church and society."--S. Steve Kang, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
In the book, veteran Christian educator Robert Pazmino guides readers through a comprehensive discussion of the interdisciplinary foundations of Christian education, calling all Christian educators to reevaluate the fundamentals of their discipline. "A careful exploration of foundations," writes Pazmino, "is essential before specifying principles and guidelines for practice."
This updated edition includes interaction with professional developments over the past ten years and appendixes that assess the impact of postmodernism as an educational philosophy. In addition, each chapter includes "points to ponder" for personal reflection or classroom use.
"In this new edition, Pazmiño stays true to his character and his scholarship. Not only does he methodically delineate the foundational issues of the educational ministry of the church, but he also masterfully interweaves them, demonstrating that the resulting foundation should lead to none other than Jesus Christ, the foundation of the church itself. The breadth and depth of his engagement with various academic disciplines (theology, philosophy, history, sociology, so on) as they relate to the educational ministry of the church is simply remarkable, though immensely useful for those who are engaged in the theory and practice of educational ministry. With the addition of reflective discussions on the postmodern impulse in society and its trajectory in educational ministry, Pazmiño offers wise counsel to church leaders to press on in God's ongoing transformation of the church and society."--S. Steve Kang, associate professor of educational ministries, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"This textbook is a classic for those entering into the field of Christian education as well as for those addressing the many issues concerning curriculum."--Karen L. Estep, Christian Education Journal
Praise for previous editions:
"In a clear and concise way the author introduces each of the foundational areas by exploring its purpose, current trends, and inherent difficulties. His chapters on the psychological and curricular foundations are two of the most concise, clear, and balanced introductions available. . . . His surveys are accurate and his critiques are pointed, insightful, and fair, consistently calling the educator to examine each of the theories in light of one's biblical and theological framework. . . . An outstanding strength of this work is the way it consistently examines foundational considerations in light of the stated purpose of education."--Darwin K. Glassford, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"[A] basic work on the philosophical and theological foundations for education within the church. . . . [It is] certainly worthy of note. . . . Pazmiño's work always attempts to integrate insights from social science with a thoroughly biblical worldview. . . . This book is highly recommended for the libraries of professional staff engaged in the educational ministry of the church."--Robert C. De Vries, Calvin Theological Journal
"A feature . . . that should be appreciated is the application of the content to evangelical concerns. This is usually done in the form of questions. Besides being helpful to evangelical educators, it has the potential of promoting understanding by nonevangelicals of the direction and enthusiasms of the evangelical."--Eugene S. Gibbs, Religious Education
"Theology has much to contribute to education and Pazmiño has made a valuable contribution in drawing attention to that point."--Kenneth Wilson, Expository Times