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British audiences, fearing increased political radicalism as a result of the French Revolution , received it with more hostility. The Age of Reason presents common deistic arguments; for example, it highlights what Paine saw as corruption of the Christian Church and criticizes its efforts to acquire political power. Paine advocates reason in the place of revelation , leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely inspired text.

It promotes natural religion and argues for the existence of a creator-god. Most of Paine's arguments had long been available to the educated elite , but by presenting them in an engaging and irreverent style, he made deism appealing and accessible to the masses. Originally distributed as unbound pamphlets , the book was also cheap, putting it within the reach of a large number of buyers. Fearing the spread of what they viewed as potentially revolutionary ideas, the British government prosecuted printers and book-sellers who tried to publish and distribute it.

Nevertheless, Paine's work inspired and guided many free thinkers. Paine's book followed in the tradition of early eighteenth-century British deism. These deists, while maintaining individual positions, still shared several sets of assumptions and arguments that Paine articulated in The Age of Reason. The most important position that united the early deists was their call for "free rational inquiry" into all subjects, especially religion.

Saying that early Christianity was founded on freedom of conscience , they demanded religious toleration and an end to religious persecution. They also demanded that debate rest on reason and rationality. Deists embraced a Newtonian worldview, and they believed that all things in the universe, even God, must obey the laws of nature. Without a concept of natural law , the deists argued, explanations of the workings of nature would descend into irrationality.

This belief in natural law drove their skepticism of miracles. Because miracles had to be observed to be validated, deists rejected the accounts laid out in the Bible of God's miracles and argued that such evidence was neither sufficient nor necessary to prove the existence of God. Along these lines, deistic writings insisted that God, as the first cause or prime mover , had created and designed the universe with natural laws as part of his plan.

They held that God does not repeatedly alter his plan by suspending natural laws to miraculously intervene in human affairs. Deists also rejected the claim that there was only one revealed religious truth or "one true faith"; religion could only be "simple, apparent, ordinary, and universal" if it was to be the logical product of a benevolent God. They therefore distinguished between "revealed religions" which they rejected , such as Christianity, and "natural religion", a set of universal beliefs derived from the natural world that demonstrated God's existence they were, thus, not atheists.

While some deists accepted revelation , most argued that revelation's restriction to small groups or even a single person limited its explanatory power. Moreover, many found the Christian revelations in particular to be contradictory and irreconcilable. According to these writers, revelation could reinforce the evidence for God's existence already apparent in the natural world, but more often it led to superstition among the masses.

Most deists argued that priests had deliberately corrupted Christianity for their own gain by promoting the acceptance of miracles, unnecessary rituals, and illogical and dangerous doctrines these accusations were typically referred to as " priestcraft ". The worst of these doctrines was original sin. By convincing people that they required a priest's help to overcome their innate sinfulness, deists argued, religious leaders had enslaved the human population.

Deists therefore typically viewed themselves as intellectual liberators. Those few British radicals who still supported the French revolution and its ideals were viewed with deep suspicion by their countrymen. The Age of Reason belongs to this later, more radical stage of the British political reform movement , one that openly embraced republicanism and atheism [3] and is exemplified by such texts as William Godwin's Political Justice By the middle of the decade, the moderate voices had disappeared: Richard Price , the Dissenting minister whose sermon on political liberty had prompted Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France , had died in , and Joseph Priestley had been forced to flee to America after a Church—and—King mob burned down his home and church.

The conservative government, headed by William Pitt , responded to this increasing radicalization by prosecuting several reformers for seditious libel and treason in the famous Treason Trials. These acts prohibited freedom of assembly for groups such as the radical London Corresponding Society LCS and encouraged indictments against radicals for "libelous and seditious" statements. Afraid of prosecution and disenchanted with the French revolution, many reformers drifted away from the cause. The LCS, which had previously unified religious Dissenters and political reformers, fractured when Francis Place and other leaders helped Paine publish The Age of Reason ; the society's more religious members withdrew in protest and the LCS lost around one-fifth of its membership.

Dismayed by the French revolution's turn toward secularism and atheism, he composed Part I of The Age of Reason in and It has been my intention, for several years past, to publish my thoughts upon religion. The circumstance that has now taken place in France of the total abolition of the whole national order of priesthood, and of everything appertaining to compulsive systems of religion, and compulsive articles of faith, has not only precipitated my intention, but rendered a work of this kind exceedingly necessary, lest in the general wreck of superstition, of false systems of government and false theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity and of the theology that is true.

I contrived, in my way there, to call on Joel Barlow , and I put the Manuscript of the work into his hands According to Paine scholars Edward Davidson and William Scheick, he probably wrote the first draft of Part I in late , [8] but Paine biographer David Hawke argues for a date of early Meanwhile, Paine, considered too moderate by the powerful Jacobin wing of the French revolutionaries, was imprisoned for ten months in France. He only escaped the guillotine by accident: the sign marking him out for execution was improperly placed on his cell door.

Part II was first published in a pirated edition by H. Symonds in London in October Eaton was later forced to flee to America after being convicted of seditious libel for publishing other radical works. Later, Francis Place and Thomas Williams collaborated on an edition which sold about 2, copies. Williams also produced his own edition, but the British government indicted him and confiscated the pamphlets. Fearing unpleasant and even violent reprisals, Thomas Jefferson convinced him not to publish it in ; five years later Paine decided to publish despite the backlash he knew would ensue.

Following Thomas Williams's sentence of one year's hard labor for publishing The Age of Reason in , no editions were sold openly in Britain until when Richard Carlile included it in an edition of Paine's complete works. Carlile charged one shilling and sixpence for the work, and the first run of 1, copies sold out in a month. He immediately published a second edition of 3, copies. Like Williams, he was prosecuted for seditious libel and blasphemous libel. The prosecutions surrounding the printing of The Age of Reason in Britain continued for thirty years after its initial release and encompassed numerous publishers as well as over a hundred booksellers.

The Age of Reason is divided into three sections. In Part I, Paine outlines his major arguments and personal creed. I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavouring to make our fellow-creatures happy.

But, lest it should be supposed that I believe many other things in addition to these, I shall, in the progress of this work, declare the things I do not believe, and my reasons for not believing them. My own mind is my own church. All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise; they have the same right to their belief as I have to mine.

But it is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. Paine's creed encapsulates many of the major themes of the rest of his text: a firm belief in a creator-God; a skepticism regarding most supernatural claims miracles are specifically mentioned later in the text ; a conviction that virtues should be derived from a consideration for others rather than oneself; an animus against corrupt religious institutions; and an emphasis on the individual's right of conscience.

Paine begins The Age of Reason by attacking revelation. Revelation , he maintains, can only be verified by the individual receivers of the message and is therefore weak evidence for God's existence. Paine rejects prophecies and miracles, writing: "it is revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other, and consequently they are not obliged to believe it".

Urging his readers to employ reason rather than to rely on revelation, Paine argues that the only reliable, unchanging and universal evidence of God's existence is the natural world. How happened it that he did not discover America, or is it only with kingdoms that his sooty highness has any interest?

After establishing that he would refrain from using extra-Biblical sources to inform his criticism, but would instead apply the Bible's own words against itself, Paine questions the sacredness of the Bible, analyzing it as one would any other book. For example, in his analysis of the Book of Proverbs he argues that its sayings are "inferior in keenness to the proverbs of the Spaniards, and not more wise and economical than those of the American Franklin ".

My intention is to show that those books are spurious, and that Moses is not the author of them; and still further, that they were not written in the time of Moses, nor till several hundred years afterward; that they are no other than an attempted history of the life of Moses, and of the times in which he is said to have lived, and also of the times prior thereto, written by some very ignorant and stupid pretenders to authorship, several hundred years after the death of Moses.

Using methods that would not become common in Biblical scholarship until the nineteenth century, Paine tested the Bible for internal consistency and questioned its historical accuracy, concluding that it was not divinely inspired. Paine also argues that the Old Testament must be false because it depicts a tyrannical God. The "history of wickedness" pervading the Old Testament convinced Paine that it was simply another set of human-authored myths.

Paine also attacks religious institutions , indicting priests for their lust for power and wealth and the Church's opposition to scientific investigation. He presents the history of Christianity as one of corruption and oppression. Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense," in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion. The adulterous connection of Church and State, wherever it has taken place Human inventions and priestcraft would be detected; and man would return to the pure, unmixed and unadulterated belief of one God, and no more.

As Jon Mee, a scholar of British radicalism, writes: "Paine believed It is an age of revolutions , in which everything may be looked for. Although Paine liked to say that he read very little, his writings belie this statement; [37] The Age of Reason has intellectual roots in the traditions of David Hume , Spinoza , and Voltaire. Since Hume had already made many of the same "moral attacks upon Christianity" that Paine popularized in The Age of Reason , scholars have concluded that Paine probably read Hume's works on religion or had at least heard about them through the Joseph Johnson circle.

Paine would have been exposed to Spinoza's ideas through the works of other eighteenth-century deists, most notably Conyers Middleton. Though these larger philosophical traditions are clear influences on The Age of Reason , Paine owes the greatest intellectual debt to the English deists of the early eighteenth century , such as Peter Annet. All of these arguments appear in The Age of Reason , albeit less coherently. The most distinctive feature of The Age of Reason , like all of Paine's works, is its linguistic style. Historian Eric Foner argues that Paine's works "forged a new political language" designed to bring politics to the people, using a "clear, simple and straightforward" style.

He did this by employing " vulgar " that is, "low" or "popular" language, an irreverent tone, and even religious rhetoric. In a letter to Elihu Palmer , one of his most loyal followers in America, Paine describes part of his rhetorical philosophy:.

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The hinting and intimidating manner of writing that was formerly used on subjects of this kind [religion], produced skepticism, but not conviction. It is necessary to be bold. Some people can be reasoned into sense, and others must be shocked into it. Say a bold thing that will stagger them, and they will begin to think. Paine's rhetoric had broad appeal; his "pithy" lines were "able to bridge working-class and middle-class cultures" and become common quotations.

Part of what makes Paine's style so memorable is his effective use of repetition and rhetorical questions [47] in addition to the profusion of "anecdote, irony, parody, satire, feigned confusion, folk matter, concrete vocabulary, and His use of "we" conveys an "illusion that he and the readers share the activity of constructing an argument".

The most distinctive element of Paine's style in The Age of Reason is its " vulgarity ". In the eighteenth century "vulgarity" was associated with the middling and lower classes and not with obscenity; thus, when Paine celebrates his "vulgar" style and his critics attack it, the dispute is over class accessibility, not profanity. For example, Paine describes the Fall this way:. The Christian Mythologists, after having confined Satan in a pit, were obliged to let him out again to bring on the sequel of the fable. After giving Satan this triumph over the whole creation, one would have supposed that the Church Mythologists would have been kind enough to send him back again to the pit: or, if they had not done this, that they would have put a mountain upon him for they say that their faith can remove a mountain , or have put him under a mountain, as the former mythologists had done, to prevent his getting again among the women and doing more mischief.

But instead of this they leave him at large, without even obliging him to give his parole—the secret of which is that they could not do without him; and after being at the trouble of making him, they bribed him to stay. After this, who can doubt the bountifulness of the Christian Mythology? Typically, Chapelgate students score well above average on the SAT in reading, writing, and math. Graduates have attended college in dozens of universities across the U. Almost every student who graduates from CCA goes on to college. The school is comprised of grades and teaches a population that includes 16 percent international students and 31percent minority students.

Students are taught both Christian and secular worldviews to aid in their development of discernment and analytical thinking. Charlotte, NC. CCS is a Christ-centered school with a flourishing fine arts department, a comprehensive athletic program, and a rigorous academic curriculum. Chapel is held every Thursday and upper level students may take Chapel Electives with a variety of topics of interest. There are four different chapel times and the time for service depends on the student's grade level. Bible lessons are given to all students daily as part of the curriculum.

Additionally, there are student-led Bible studies on Wednesday mornings before school called CELL groups: Christians Embracing Life and Leadership , giving students opportunities for spiritual leadership. As part of the spiritual training and support, students in the upper grades travel to a Young Life--owned retreat center to spend two days and nights in chapel and fellowship with friendly competitions and free time to augment the retreat.

Upper school students also spend one day in the second semester off campus for a spiritual emphasis day. Multiple athletic activities are provided for student interest, including swimming, cheer leading, golf, lacrosse, and tennis. The drama team competes and performs throughout the school year, and members must enroll in Honors Acting Studio. CCS also has a band that supports the athletic teams and participates in competitions. A Ladders to Success program helps students and parents transition from 8th to 9th grade, with particular emphasis on preparing both students and parents for the high school curriculum and graduation requirements.

CCS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is recognized by the federal government as one of the highest accreditations a school can receive. Brookhaven, PA. TCA offers a classical education that is more stringent than the curriculum required in public schools.

Students don't just learn facts, but tools that they will be able to use to be successful in college and their careers with a Christian worldview and a heart for service for God. Arts and athletic programs are offered so students can develop the gifts God has given them in performances and competitions. Two-thirds of students participate in the sports program.

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All students take Bible courses and have a choice of electives in drawing, photography, praise dance, strength training, digital production, and several other electives in academics and the arts. The state of Pennsylvania requires students to complete 21 hours for graduation, but TCA requires Online courses may be taken for enrichment or remediation, as well as for courses not offered at TCA that the student needs or wants.

TCA partners with several organizations in the community to provide TCA students the chance to work in a ministry of service. Students also attend weekly chapel services where their spiritual life is augmented through teaching and music. Special chapels are also held on different occasions and students participate in Bible studies led by teachers once a week. Once a week students also meet to worship through an informal service. Students who wish to participate in the prayer group meet twice a month to pray for TCA and the community. High school students have a retreat in October. Trumbull, CT.

In addition to the regular college preparatory curriculum, CHS offers online classes through Sevenstar Academy. At the physical campus, AP courses are offered in math, social studies, Spanish, and English. Bible courses offered include survey courses such as the New Testament, and subject studies such as Christian Ethics.

The classes are taught on campus by CHS faculty who are qualified adjunct instructors. If students earn a C or better, they will receive college credit that will transfer to many universities. CHS is committed to the spiritual development of its students and seeing them mature in word and deed toward seven major goals of spiritual formation.

This development is accomplished through the chapel program, retreats, service, mission trips, and special events, as well classroom instruction in which students receive a biblical worldview, but also study the Scriptures with a critical eye. Student life includes numerous clubs to appeal to the widest variety of interests in things such as animation, art, bowling, drama, math, biking, reading, and clubs that use technology, to name a few.

There is also a healthy athletic program and a visual and performing arts program. These programs, too, exist to teach students, to help them grow, and to honor God. High school students must log 20 hours of community service per year, and some of these hours can be earned in the summer during mission trips. Covenant serves children in a Christ-centered, college-preparatory educational program for students in grades K in 40 zip codes throughout North Texas. In the school year, students were enrolled in grades 7 through 12 with 70 full- and part-time staff.

Covenant participates in athletics through the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools TAPPS and offers football, volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, track, golf, tennis, and baseball. Academics in the high school is of a classical nature with the typical academic courses being offered, along with art, drama, journalism, Latin, logic, rhetoric, music, physical education, Spanish, technology, and theology. Latin is required beginning in 3rd grade. Courses are taught on an honors level with the opportunity to take the courses as advanced placement classes.

Class sizes are limited to 15 students. The counseling office assists every student with the college admission process, including exploring financial aid and scholarships. It also assists them in researching colleges and college programs. An annual college trip to various colleges and universities is open to students in grades 9 through Covenant is a private, non-profit school that depends on the donations of individuals and foundations.

As a result of generous donations, almost 30 percent of students at Covenant receive financial aid. Marietta, GA. Founded in , Cumberland Christian Academy is a non-denominational, Kth grade Christian school. Recent acceptances have included the U. Military Academy West Point, and many others.

CCA strives to make Christian educational accessible to students from varying financial and ethnic backgrounds. Students can participate in contemporary worship, instrumental ensembles, photography, filmmaking, music theory, yearbook, art, as well as private lessons in voice, piano, violin, drama, and dance. CCA's athletic program has a long history of successful competition and league championships. Sports offered include basketball, volleyball, golf, soccer, cross country, baseball, and cheerleading. Soon CCA will launch both an equestrian team and a tennis team.

CCA is blessed to have a number of alumni on staff and count many other successful alumni among its graduates. In the summer of , CCA purchased more than 30 acres of land with plans to build a new campus in the near future. North Haledon, NJ. Enrollment in the high school is a little over students, while the entire school Pre-K through 12 has an overall enrollment of approximately students.

The majority of teachers are state-certified. All have at least a Bachelor's Degree. Students who are not college-bound or are struggling may take a basic course in each subject, while those who are advanced may take honors courses in each subject. College credit courses in the school have been approved by Seton Hall University, but most courses will transfer to other colleges. These courses are offered both in class and online. ECS students who take the SAT routinely outperform other students in the state, as well as nationally. ESL classes are provided, and students live with a Christian family, known as the "homestay family.

Chapel meets every Wednesday morning. Chapel services are planned by the Bible and Worship class that is led by the Bible and Worship class teacher. Students may also take an Experiencing Missions class, in which they study the culture of the countries to be visited, read mission books, and complete group and team-building projects.

Prior to departure, students attend a retreat to help them prepare. Areas visited in the past include Puerto Rico and Uganda. Students are required to complete hours of service in their last three years of school. The program is called Faith in Action and the hours required decrease each year. In addition to band and choir, students may join the orchestra which competes in state and regional contests.

The school also has an outstanding art program. Cordova, TN. ECS is a K school where high school students attend chapel weekly and Bible classes daily. Student-led Bible studies allow discipleship and leadership between older and younger students under the oversight of the student government. The Servant Leadership Institute allows faculty and students to fellowship in a variety of venues. Potential students and parents of potential students may visit the website and post a question that will be answered by a student. All high school students are required to join some type of school activity so that students will be challenged to do their best in all activities, and learn self-discipline and the value of personal commitment.

Fine arts at the school include the visual arts, theater, choral music, instrumental music, and the digital arts. A variety of sports are offered through the athletic department, including golf and boys' decathlon. The baseball team won the state championship in In , five graduates were recognized by the National Merit Program. Appleton, WI. FVLHS offers a variety of college credit options through CAPP, and school partnerships in chemistry, psychology, biotechnical engineering, aerospace engineering, digital electronics, calculus, English literature, economics, and US History.

Three languages are available as part of the school curriculum: German, Latin, and Spanish. Students who are academically behind their peers are provided Guided Studies, a program which gives students extra help in the form of special classes, study halls, and a mentoring teacher. It is the students' spiritual lives that take priority, however.

Each student takes religious classes and classes are taught through the view of God's infallible Word. Students have chapel on every day except Wednesday, when they participate in personal Bible reading. Every day at FVL begins and ends with prayer. Every year a Scriptural theme is chosen and emphasized throughout the school year.

Students are given opportunities to share their faith and put their faith into action in leadership and volunteer service. Students do not receive graded credit for completing their service projects, but they receive an ungraded credit on their transcripts. Students may also participate in church and community service projects. Littleton, CO. Groups from two churches met together in to create an academically superior school with students and staff dedicated to Christ and creating a spirit of critical thinking and creativity. In Front Range Christian School was opened with 36 students and three full-time teachers.

Grades 7 through 10 were added in and in , the 7th through 12th grades moved into a new facility. In , the school received full accreditation and had its first graduating class. Today, the school has nearly students, who are being prepared to make a major impact on the world for the glory of God.

On Wednesdays, there are two chapel services: one for elementary and one for junior and senior high students. On the second Wednesday of every month, known as "GO! Wednesday," students and staff go out into the community in a service capacity. The school sponsors seminars for families on issues pertinent to raising a Christian family in today's world. In addition to a variety of sports offerings, students may participate in a fall play or a spring musical; private music lessons are offered after school for a fee. Fine arts classes include drama, dance, photography, video production, band, choir, and visual arts.

In the summer, there are special interest and enrichment camps for different grades. Even though FRCS prepares students academically for college, it also takes seriously the needs of all students, so special programs are offered for students with learning disabilities as well as students who are gifted. Holland, MI. Students at all campuses gather regularly to sing, pray, and worship the Lord. It doesn't end there, however, as prayers and devotions can also happen in the classroom. All students participate in service to the community, with an increasing number of hours required as the students grow older.

The school partners with many missions so that students have a wide variety to choose from, to use the gifts God has given them. Every student is assigned a laptop so that technology is seamlessly integrated into classes. In fact, HCHS received the Apple Distinguished Program award for and for giving the students a rich learning environment and for their exemplary use of technology in an innovative way.

Holland students last took this test in the school year, scoring almost double the state average in math, writing, reading, science, and social studies. Students gifted with musical instruments can take classes in band and orchestra. There is also an impressive visual arts department. Additionally, students may join choir and theater. In , the HCHS one-act play team won the contesttheir fourth win! Portland, OR. Jesuit High School is a Catholic school that provides a solid education combined with a vibrant student life that emphasizes social and spiritual growth, as well as community responsibility.

Students attend masses and retreats and have access to faith support groups in which they meet with faculty advisers to share stories of faith. While Oregon law allows students in private schools to participate in sports at the high school that they would normally attend, JHS has a large enough program to compete athletically with other schools of like kind and size.

Located southwest of downtown Portland, JHS is conveniently located off a major highway and in between several suburban neighborhoods. Englewood, CO. Every student at Jim Elliot Christian School chooses a faculty member to be his or her mentor. The student may choose to meet with that mentor any day of the week in the 25 minutes preceding first period. Mentors sometimes have lunch with their students and even get together with them outside of school.

Named after a missionary who was killed by the tribe to which he had gone to minister, the founders worked together to open the school in ; the initial class consisted of only 23 students from 20 families. The school is affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International and potential students are invited to visit the school and attend classes for a day to see if it is the school they want to attend. Parents are invited to a tour of the school. Families and community are important to JECS, so the school year begins with a picnic for families and staff for relaxation and fellowship.

After college, some graduates have gone on to the mission field, while some others have joined the military. In addition to the core academic classes, students at JECS have different athletic pursuits to choose from, as well as theater, art, and dance. Service days are scheduled for students and staff to work together on community projects as a part of the curriculum. As a graduation requirement, each student must take a five-day, cross-cultural mission trip to grow in their understanding of God and learn how to bring the Gospel to different peoples.

Salt Lake City, UT. Judge Memorial partners with agencies in the region to provide students with a variety of opportunities to perform community service. Judge Memorial partners with the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming, to provide students with a specially designed academic curriculum.

The curriculum at JMCHS is college preparatory, with advanced placement classes in a variety of subjects including theology and world languages. Courses integrate technology and help students to develop critical thinking skills. Because many students wish to go to college on athletic scholarships, JMCHS helps students from the beginning of their freshman year throughout high school to obtain the necessary coursework and planning in order to apply for a Division I athletic college program. Fifty-one percent of that class graduated with honors and are slated to attend 67 different colleges in 27 states and the District of Columbia.

Overall, the class of received numerous academic awards, including one senior who was named a U. Presidential Scholar semi-finalist and two commended students who were National Merit Finalists. Judge Memorial believes in fostering faith and education to develop the gifts of each student. Although it is a Catholic high school, Judge Memorial welcomes students of all faiths; about 65 percent of the student body is Catholic. Lincoln, NE. At Lincoln, the focus of the curriculum, athletics, and all school activities is God.

All activities should bring glory to God. Students and faculty are learning to pray and be strengthened by the Holy Spirit through prayer. Curriculum and instruction are based on the Bible. It is Lincoln Christian's desire that children obtain an excellent education and that the leadership be good stewards of the money and the children. AP classes are offered in calculus and dual credit for Honors English. International students are welcomed at LCS; they stay with a Christian family while attending the school.

There are clubs and activities for students that include the yearbook and student newspaper, the student council, drama, and others. Students attend Chapel on Fridays and the Chapel Worship Team prepares and conducts the chapel service. One week out of every year, students participate in Spiritual Emphasis Week, when they spend a week in worship and prayer. Athletics include football, cross country, tennis, golf, and others.

Students at Lincoln work in public service projects, including a fund raiser to raise money for shoes for poor children. Little Rock, AR. AP courses are offered in math, social studies, psychology, English, science, and music.

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Electives include accounting, journalism, yearbook, musical theater, jazz band, orchestra, computer web design, ceramics, digital video, and the choice of five languages including ASL and Mandarin Chinese. The school is a member of the Arkansas Activities Association, and students may participate in 14 different sports. There are several clubs in which students can participate. It was also named a Blue Ribbon School in Students take a series of classes in Biblical Worldview, in which they read the works of secular scholars and analyze those writings in light of what the Bible has to say.

This course develops critical thinking skills and helps students develop a biblical worldview. Students attend chapel once a week, and the core values of the school are based upon scripture and qualities of Christ: truth, wisdom, and knowledge. Every January students attend a mini-semester two weeks called the "J Term," in which they are offered courses in morning and afternoon classes. Each half-day session is worth a quarter credit. Off-campus trips and full-day courses are worth a half credit.

Classes change each year, but classes that have been offered in the past include small engine repair, archery, scuba diving, Chemistry with Kids, ice skating, and local missions. Upperclassmen may choose to perform an internship observing and working with a professional in the community. In the past, students have taken mission trips to the Bahamas and Jamaica and educational trips to Great Britain and France. O'Fallon, MO. Living Word integrates Christian truth into all courses and activities taught by fully qualified teachers who teach over 80 different classes, including AP courses and dual-credit, college credit courses.

The class of logged 13, hours of community service. The class of accepted scholarships from over 20 different colleges and universities. High school students are offered a wide variety of social and merit clubs and organizations, as well as a wide variety of athletic pursuits including dance, golf, and swimming teams. Students must accumulate community service hours while enrolled at CHS. In addition to the core courses and electives, students take classes in personal finance, computer, health, and speech. The school actively assists students in their preparation for college, including college planning and scholarship information.

Lynden, WA. Lynden Christian serves students in Pre-K through 12, and is a parent-run school managed by a Board of Directors elected by parents and supporters of the school. The school opened in with 72 students. A junior high was added in , and later an elementary school. In the late s, a building for agricultural and industrial arts was built. A place for worship and fine arts and a strength and fitness center have been added since The consolidated school is not affiliated with any one church, but has students who come from 80 different churches. International students are also welcome and live with an approved host family.

Students attend chapel every Thursday and have a seven-period day on MWF. On Wednesdays students attend odd numbered classes and on Thursday they attend even numbered classes. School begins at and dismisses at There is a bus service for students, but students of age may drive their own cars to school after registering their vehicle. Advanced Placement classes are offered in English and math.

The Discovery Program assists students with learning deficiencies and helps them find the learning style that best fits their skill level. While the school wants to prepare students who are going to college, the school is for all students so that they can be prepared for life as a Christian adult. The course catalogue outlines different paths students can take; those going on to college are encouraged to choose their paths carefully in light of what they want to be in life.

Mansfield, OH. Students at MCS attend chapel weekly, but that is only a starting place for spiritual growth. Parents are encouraged to discuss and study Scripture with their children and teachers integrate Christian principles into their teaching. Students are members of community groups called FORGE that have members from all classes, grades 7 through The groups are led by students who are appointed, but while it is not mandatory, groups are encouraged to engage in activities and spiritual interactions outside of the FORGE group to aid in their spiritual formation.

Additionally, students take a Bible class every year in a scriptural curriculum that builds upon itself. Ohio law provides a post-secondary option whereby a student may take a college course for dual credit for free; however, if the student drops out or fails the course, the parents have to pay the cost of tuition and books. MCS offers honors and basic programs with a wide variety of electives and AP courses. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, upon filling out the appropriate paperwork, may take time off to go visit a college. It is recommended that students visit at least two colleges and not to wait until their senior year.

MCA has several sports teams that compete with other private schools. Students may choose to pursue a diploma through independent study. If so, they are still considered students and can participate in the extra-curricular activities of the school. Tulsa, OK. The school was formed in , and teachers are committed Christians who deliver lessons from a Christian viewpoint.

High school students give of their time in community service. Chapel is held once a week, and parents are welcome to attend, just as they are on the mission trips. Prayer requests are shared through email so that students and their families can pray for those in need. High school students take Bible classes and also study different worldviews, as well as financial literacy from a biblical perspective. Students also take courses in apologetics and Biblical Focus in Literary and English Studies, as well as a class in missions and another in worship.

Students in visual arts study drawing, photography, and design, and learn to create paintings, ceramics, and sculptures. The concert choirs participate in competitions and perform in chapel and at public performances. Music students can also take band, jazz band, and music theory. The Speech and Drama department produces a musical every spring. The Praise and Worship class performs at chapel and mainly performs sacred music. Graduates go on to colleges and universities across the U.

Manchester, NH. Academics at Mount Zion are Christ-centered, and a biblical viewpoint is found in all courses. Community service projects, outreach programs, and local and international missions are part of the Faith in Action portion of student spiritual life. In addition to Faith in Action, students attend a weekly chapel service in which they can participate actively through the Student Worship Team that heads the group praise and prayer.

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The pastor teaches from the Scripture and guest speakers are frequently invited. The Student Worship Team is made up of upperclassmen who are committed to a close relationship with God and living a godly life. In addition to the typical sports, Mount Zion offers skiing as part of their sports program. Students are expected to be good citizens in the classroom and on the sports field. Students who achieve the level of Good Citizen are allowed to relax in the student lounge and listen to music, play games, and fellowship with friends when teachers give them lounge time.

Students who achieve the level of Model Citizen are allowed to run for school leadership positions. Cheyenne, WY. Founded in , NWCS began with six students and one teacher in a garage, and by had an enrollment of 18 with two additional teachers. The school created their statement of faith and based their philosophy of education on the belief that Jesus Christ is the author of all truth, which is found in the Word of God. The K school is committed to providing affordable, Bible-based education to children in Cheyenne; it includes children from 20 area churches.

The Student Council participates and encourages community participation in fund-raising activities to sponsor a school-wide field trip during the last week of school. Hayden, ID. NICS provides a solid liberal arts education that includes Biblical Studies and a weekly chapel service.

Seniors may take seven college credits per semester. It is NICS's goal to educate students in such a way that they will be able to succeed at the college level and examine worldviews in an analytical way to discern the philosophical errors of secular thinking. NICS employs qualified instructors who present a Christian worldview through their teaching.


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NICS offers several electives, as well as athletics. The school is one of the founding members of the Mountain Christian League, which was formed in by Christian schools in Idaho and Washington. In addition to clubs and organizations in which students can participate, there are special events planned, such as student retreats, mission trips, and speech meets. The Digital Learning Academy offers online learning classes through the school's computer lab. Students may make up courses they need or sign up for dual enrollment classes from local accredited colleges. These classes offer flexibility.

Additionally, homeschool students may sign up for some classes at NICS for a reasonable fee. Classes last 18 weeks and meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Homeschool students are considered part-time students. Fargo, ND. Although some Christian schools have chapel once a week, or even not at all, Oak Grove students attend chapel every day so they can worship and hear biblical messages as a community. All students take Bible classes and a Christian Studies class and each class has a different focus. Service projects vary from year to year and in many cases are the ideas of students at the school.

Students have raised funds for disaster relief for areas hit by hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes. There are a few projects that the students participate in every year, including helping the elementary students gather money for the Ronald McDonald house. Students take one to two mission trips per year, either within the U.

Students typically score higher than the state and national averages on achievement tests. Ninety-six percent go on to college. While there is no boarding at the school, the school does take applications from families who want to host an international student. Pella, IA. The school serves children in grades and has an enrollment of approximately students. All teachers hold teaching certificates from the state of Iowa. PCHS students attend an eight-schedule class day with weekly chapel and intramural times scheduled each week. PCHS admits international students who, upon acceptance, live with a host family.

Pella offers a college preparatory program with AP classes in several subjects across the curriculum. Electives include woodworking, drafting, small engines, Mandarin, graphic design, and several others. Extra-curricular activities include sports such as clay target shooting, drill team, and tennis, as well as more academic courses like drama, forensics, mock trial, and chamber choir. There are many other sports and other types of electives available.

Each January one week is set aside for specialized classes, trips, or internships, providing students with unique learning opportunities. Students are also required to complete 10 hours of service per year to allow them to discover their personal gifts and interests while learning the joy of serving others, thus making Kingdom Service a life-long habit. Chapel meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Guest speakers and other presentations are scheduled by the Chapel Planning class, which meets every day during second period. Plumsteadville, PA. AP classes are offered in English, history, math, science, and Spanish.

Dual credit classes are offered on campus in partnership with Bucks County College and are open to all high school grades. In cooperation with Pennsylvania Cyber School, online classes are available for juniors and seniors. The number and variety of electives is vast, with almost 30 courses in art alone. There are also electives in computers, athletics, and music. Additionally, high school students enjoy several social and spiritual activities, including a senior class trip and a senior mission trip.

Students attend chapel at least once a week and must have four credits of Bible to graduate. Instructors teach all courses with a Christian worldview; the spiritual growth of students is one of the primary goals of the school. Upon entering the upper school, college planning begins and courses and activities take on a deeper concentration as students begin to explore their professional areas of interest.

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