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Materialism, in an educational context, refers to a focus on the physical and tangible aspects of the world, often to the exclusion of spiritual or non-material dimensions. It emphasizes that physical matter and its interactions are the fundamental substances and driving forces in the universe.

How Secular Public Education Teaches Materialism

  1. Emphasis on Empirical Evidence: In secular education, there is a strong focus on empirical evidence and observable phenomena. This approach often leads to an understanding of the world that prioritizes material and physical explanations over spiritual or non-material ones

  2. Scientific and Rational Worldview: The curriculum in secular schools typically promotes a scientific worldview, where understanding and knowledge are based on physical evidence and experimentation. As much of science requires an understanding of origins, secular government education creates assumptions and humanistic theses that, in themselves, while not observable or knowable, influence observations to fit a materialistic narrative.  

  3. Materialism Denies the Spiritual: Materialism teaches all that there is is what one can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.  This is anathema to God’s word and truth. Taught exclusively over 13 years of K-12 education, it creates a deeply rooted conflict in students who might be raised in a Christian family.  


  • Science Education: Subjects like physics, chemistry, and biology are taught with an emphasis on material processes and natural laws, often without reference to any spiritual or non-material aspects of existence.

  • Economic and Social Studies: These subjects may focus on the material aspects of human society, such as economic systems, physical resources, and tangible human needs, with litle or no emphasis on spiritual or moral considerations.

  • Technology and Practical Skills: Education in technology and practical skills often centers on the use and manipulation of physical materials and resources.


Materialism in Christian Education: Emphasis on Spiritual Dimensions

Christian Education, in contrast to the materialistic approach, acknowledges the importance of both material and spiritual realities. It views the material world as created and sustained by God, but not as the ultimate reality or the sole focus of human existence. The spiritual realm is the one that is eternal, not the material.

How Christian Education Addresses Materialism

  1. Integration of Spiritual and Material Realities: Christian education teaches that while the material world is real and important, it exists within a larger spiritual context. This perspective encourages students to consider both material and spiritual dimensions in their understanding of the world.

  2. Holistic Worldview: The curriculum in Christian schools aims to provide a holistic education, addressing not only intellectual and physical development but also spiritual and moral growth. 


  • Science Education: While scientific principles and empirical evidence are taught, they are often presented within the context of a creationist or intelligent design perspective, emphasizing God’s role in the material world.

  • History and Social Studies: These subjects include discussions of spiritual movements, religious motivations, and moral considerations alongside material factors in understanding human history and society.

  • Arts and Humanities: Education in these areas often explores spiritual themes and moral questions, going beyond the mere appreciation of physical form or technique.

In summary, while secular public education often adopts a materialistic approach, focusing primarily on the physical and observable aspects of the world, only Christian education provides the truth about the world and God’s creation. It recognizes the reality and essential understandings of both material and spiritual realities, thus offering a more comprehensive understanding of the world and human existence. 

Source: Why Christian Education Materialism (1).pdf(Review) - Adobe cloud storage

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