Humanism or Christianity? What educational project for the future ?, Focus Evangélique

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The Committee of Evangelical Teachers in Italy (CIEI) wishes to thank the representatives of the religions of the world for their greeting on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, which was signed in the Vatican during the meeting “Religions and Education: Towards a Global Pact on Education”.

We would like to respond with expressing our own position regarding this project which we follow with great interest and which concerns us personally.

Indeed, we believe that education is a topic of absolute importance that must be placed at the center of the international agenda, starting with Italy.

We totally agree that nations must place a higher value on the social work performed by teachers and educators for the good and growth of our communities.

So we have pray constantly for our authorities, with declarations and invitations we call on them to act on the themes of education in general and more specifically of school education.

We are personally committed to doing our work with dedication, love and responsibility as teachers delegated by families and responsible for the education of the younger generation.

However, we also wish to express our reservations about this project.

The The Global Compact on Education calls on us to:

  • support the construction of a unique teaching, the goal of which is a New Humanism for the planet, which places man at the center as the primary source and agent of change of heart and actions and which consequently aims for the salvation of humanity and our world;

  • put God and idols on the same level, and recognize each religion as a possible means of reaching God;

  • ignore our specific view of the world, in the name of a universal brotherhood, to embrace a unique unifying one: that of the magisterium of the Catholic Church, clearly expressed in the apostolic exhortations, the papal encyclicals and the councils, constantly and specifically mentioned in the messages and invitations of the Pope and in the Vade mecum for the Compact with the Instrumentum Laboris (see quotes from Vangeli Gaudium, Laudato Sì, Tous les frères);

  • abandon the vision of Christian education offered by the biblical faith as a whole us and which was transmitted to us from the early Church, to support the new “healthy anthropology” brought to us by the Pope;

  • consider our educational establishments as “work in progress” to “build a humanism of fraternity”, and declare that “Together, is the word that saves and achieves all“;

  • affirm that a true and complete education of heart and hands, which brings fraternity, peace and justice, is possible with human effort regardless of the work of grace that only Christ can accomplish.

We therefore declare that:

  • we question the motivation, vision and objectives of this educational Compact. We cannot in good conscience, before God, subscribe to it because we see it as demeaning the vision of Bible education to which we are committed, it corrupts and empties it of all meaning, effectively making it something different and incommunicable.

  • we question the assertion that “on the quality of teachers and educators depends the future of humanity”. While being fully aware that our work demands great responsibility, professionalism, training and above all vision, we are also aware that while playing our role, our commitment is complementary to that of others (primarily parents) and in the final analysis it is always secondary and subordinate to the work which God, in Christ, does sovereignly to prepare for the future of mankind. This conviction is also our hope which enables us to fulfill our duty even in the most difficult situations and in the face of the most difficult challenges.

So we wish reaffirm the fundamental role that God himself has given to the education of man, not leaving us without his revelation and knowledge: God is the first to educate and He invites us to educate others so that they recognize His Lordship and see His glory.

We remember that:

  • the main task in the education of children was entrusted by God to parents, and their responsibility and educational freedom must always be guaranteed, promoted and supported, without discrimination and with respect for their specific world view;

  • the the educational task is global, as far as it concerns the whole of man (body, mind, spirit) and in this task many parts are involved with different but complementary responsibilities;

  • the educational task of the Church is to make disciples of Christ who know everything he has taught in order to put it into practice;

  • the duty of public educational establishments is to be places where pluralism is valued, where views are exchanged and ideas come into conflict in a free and civil manner, free from violence, discrimination, interference or favoritism;

  • academic freedom for those who teach at all levels must be guaranteedd, with respect for the dignity of all and the educational choices of families;

  • the the duty of governments is to work to ensure equal spaces, times, places, resources and possibilities for all so that each party involved has the necessary freedom to educate in the manner and with the means that it considers most useful in accordance with its own vision of the world.

We reaffirm our strong commitment, as evangelical teachers, to educate present and future generations in a manner that is both coherent and holistic, and that:

  • recognize the responsibilities of each party involved in the educational relationship;

  • To the courage to lay its pedagogical foundations from God and the truth of Scripture;

  • invites all men to know the world of God in order to develop it and take care of it according to the mandate that He Himself entrusted to us at creation;

  • invites us to know the one true God, One and Trine, Creator and Redeemer of man and woman and of the whole world.

Finally, we invite all evangelicals, especially parents, teachers and scholars:

  • To exercise sound moral, intellectual and spiritual discernment in the face of human attempts to weaken and dilute the biblical worldview;

  • to practice a role of vigilance and responsibility in the workplace and in educational institutions, and when it comes to representing evangelicalss in any context, in order to promote genuine debate and healthy pluralism in which all educational views, including the biblical view, are expressed and considered on the basis of their distinctive fundamental tenets;

  • To to be promoters of services, activities, debates, training and research, in which the biblical vision of education is expressed, explored and experienced for the benefit of all.

We urge our European colleagues and those around the world to join us in responding to the invitation to support the Global Compact on Educationn in a manner consistent with the Gospel, for the honor and glory of Christ.

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