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Christian education, Reformed theology, universities and colleges, missions, worldview


This paper deals with establishing Christian core-curriculum from a Reformed point of view (the paper also uses the term “college education that enables mission”) for Christian colleges and universities in the mission fields. The paper explores definition, content, and uses of core-curriculum, and relevant issues that must be deal with for the formation of it in the situation of the mission field. It also provides a plan and roadmap for the formation of three core-curriculum for PAUA member institutions. Faith and education/knowledge are two different tasks. From a Reformed view of life-system, however, they are considered to be structured and functioning under the same principle that is governed by Christ’s sovereignty in the world. The principle of faith governs the content, direction, and purpose of education and knowledge. The foundational step of applying this Christian education is formation of core-curriculum. Christian core-curriculum purposes to cultivate Christian perspective of thinking and performing scholarship in the world (ability to shape Christian worldview and interpret things of the world); to introduce research methods with which students examine and learn about essential parts of life and world (academic ability); and to nurture in the students ability to communicate and live creatively as redeemed image of God in His world (Christian attitude for life).


Paper presented at the Annual Leadership Conference of PAUA (Pan Asian African Universities Association) in Seoul, Korea, in May 2017.