Critical engagement with a wide variety of literature is an indispensable factor in the development of a well educated child. Moses, Daniel and Paul studied both the traditions of their fathers and the writings of Egypt, Babylon, and Rome, preparing them to minister the Word of God to believers and unbelievers alike (Acts 17). In addition, studies indicate that the more literature an individual is exposed to the greater his or her capacity to understand and empathize with others will be. Following these examples, TCA requires students to read and wrestle with a multitude of texts which seek to engender in students a deeper capacity for interaction with the world. Critical readers are also better prepared to unpack the depths of Scriptural truth, enabled by their understanding of the “theology of grammar” to be shepherds, pastors, and teachers in the church of God (Ephesians 4:11).
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