Notes - Fifty Years of Lois LeBar's Education that is Christian: Reflections on a Classic

From: Volume 5, Issue 2: Fall 2008, Ministry by and for Those Beyond the Age of 55 Pages 415-427


2008 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Lois LeBar’s classic Christian education text, Education That is Christian. During her tenure as a professor at Wheaton College, LeBar wrote several influential texts, including Children in the Bible School (1952) and Focus on People in Church Education (1968).However, it was Education That is Christian that established this educator as an influential leader in the field of Christian education. Nearly all historical examinations of evangelical Christian education include LeBar as a spokesperson, and this commendation is typically attached to her 1958 book (e.g., Pazmino,1988; Burgess, 1996; Anthony and Benson, 2003). The book was highly regarded at the time of its publication, and its revised editions retain wide usage in colleges, Bible schools, and seminaries around the world. In this brief article, I hope to discuss the development of LeBar’s text, wrestle with some of its key themes, and comment on what I see as its enduring value academically and pedagogically.



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