This historic struggle between competing versions of reality in American society underlies the renewal problem in seminaries, says the author. When the religious version of reality lost its struggle with the secular version of reality in the public square, the seminary also lost its place. Until we understand this social reality, and recognize its implications for the age of relativism upon us, renewal will be shortsighted and trivial.
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Christian Education is typically defined in terms of the school's social environment, or in theological terms. The writer argues that it should be defined in pedagogical terms. To do this, we should examine the versions of reality that inform the curricular models available to us. This approach is used to compare two such models.