Biblical Principles of the English Language

Biblical principles at work in the English language

The Principle Approach uses seven specific biblical principles from God’s Word to study all subjects. (Examples: Beautiful Feet Press, Foundation for American Christian Education-

1.      The principle of individuality - Just as each snowflake has its own pattern, and each person is unique, so each phonogram has its own unique sound.

2.     The principle of unity with diversity- These phonograms, though unique, work together in words and sentences.

3.      The principle of covenant with agreement-These words and sentences agree in rules and application.

4.       The principle of Sovereignty-We see God’s providence following the timeline of history. In creation, we see God created all things by the power of His Word. At the giving of the Law, God spoke His Law. Jesus Christ, the center of all time, is the Living Word. Paul spread God’s Word to Europe through his missions’ trips, though the Dark Ages saw God’s Word chained to pulpits and people unable to read. Gutenberg invented the printing press in about 1452, and the Reformation happened in God’s timing about 60 years later, in 1517. Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, and it was translated into most other European languages quickly after that. As people desired to read the Bible since it was now available, they learned to read. One hundred years later, this desire to read the Bible flowered into people understanding freedom and the principles of self-government, and the Pilgrims sailed to the New World, establishing their city on the Mayflower Compact, one of the first documents of democracy.  Each family brought two-three books on the Mayflower: the Bible, and either a Complete Volume of Shakespeare, and/or Paul Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, and they started the “City built on a Hill”. Early education in colonial America used Christian texts: the Bible, the New England Primer, McGuffey, and the Grammarians. As the Pioneers pushed West in covered wagons, they also took the same two-three books with them. Western literature is saturated with allusions to Scripture and Shakespeare, yet kids now have no knowledge of these basics. Our challenge in this modern era is to bring Christ to the people, and the Bible to those still in darkness. This brings true liberty. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17, and inscribed on the USA’s Liberty Bell

5.     The principle of Self-Government-“The capacity to read gives one the ability to rule or govern oneself well in any subject.” Rosalie Slater

“Literacy goes hand-in-hand with liberty.” James Rose

“He who controls the language, controls the liberty.” Noah Webster

6.     The principle of Stewardship-Keep the Learning Log neatly with your best penmanship. Take care of property to the glory of God. When you are faithful in a little, more will be given you.

7.     The principle of Character-We strive to develop character in all we do. Diligence and perseverance will be developed as we work, struggle, and attain new mastery of our wonderful, God-given language.

What is your Christian duty with this subject? To glorify God in what we read, and how we help others. Teaching reading to give understanding of God's Word, which is the main purpose for literacy.