PCLA’s Philosophy of Education
The highest pursuit of the Christian’s mind is to think the thoughts of God. Since academic training is designed to develop one’s understanding, academic training for the Christian should focus on teaching who God is and how man should live under his authority for Solomon summarized, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13b , KJV). Of all the academic disciplines, biblical and theological studies pursue this goal, since they study the Creator rather than the creation. Hence theology is the queen of the sciences. PCLA seeks to honor that queen by making biblical and theological studies the heart of its curriculum.
The Academy recognizes that mastering any academic discipline requires specialized training. This need is quite apparent in biblical and theological studies, since the Christian faith rests wholly on a body of ancient literature, our Bible, which is far removed linguistically, culturally, chronologically, and geographically from twenty-first century America. One need only thumb through the Greek New Testament to realize that its authors wrote in a language and to a culture very different from ours. It is because of this gap that Christianity has always been a religion of education.
Wherever the gospel has spread, there has arisen the need that its recipients be trained in the Bible formally in order to understand, live and teach its truth faithfully and to pass this heritage on to their children. PCLA seeks to provide a level of academic expertise in biblical and theological studies to prepare them for Christian leadership in their homes, churches and communities.