Distinctively Christian

What Makes A Truly Christian Education?

One of the phrases that is foundational for us at Augustine School is this: Nullus Intellectus Sine Cruce. From Latin to English it is translated: "There is no understanding without the Cross."

While we affirm that people of all backgrounds and life experience can and do have a working "knowledge" of all kinds of things, this phrase highlights a truth that dramatically shapes our educational approach: that in Christ and his Cross are hidden all of God's treasures of both knowledge and wisdom (Colossians 1:15-16, 2:1-3).

At Augustine School, then, our highest goal is to help students learn to view all things in light of Jesus Christ and his Cross. As our students begin to view reality through this lens of the Gospel, they can learn to submit their newfound knowledge to the universal lordship of Christ under the guidance of older and wiser mentors and teachers.

Ultimately, the goal of an education that is truly Christian is that students come to know and love God, who is the author and goal of all knowledge. Since Christ is our wisdom, the purpose of everything is ultimately found in reference to him (1 Corinthians 1:22-25). As Augustine of Hippo, our school's namesake, said: "For our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee, Lord."

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, "Mine!'” -Abraham Kuyper

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