Re: Faith-Based Schooling

I’ve been following the discussion on faith-based schooling and agree with Andrew’s last comment.

Leithart’s words in Against Christianity are helpful for this discussion:

We have made the Church strange and alien to the world, as if she were of a completely different order than the institutions of common social and political life. Paradoxically, the result of this estrangement has been to reshape the Church into the image of the world.

The Church is a different city, a real city. Paul’s writings on the church make this clear (he’s importing concepts from Aristotle, but that’s a different post altogether). By limiting the Church to what is spiritual and separating it from what constitutes actual communities weakens the potency of the Church and its Gospel.

We are not to be like the world in replicating its values, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed to be like the world in having institutions. That’s just what cities do. There’s nothing “worldly” about that. And all cities have schools where they can inculcate their children in their culture’s metanarrative.

After all, aren’t we supposed to be the City of God?