“The king appointed that they should be educated three years, at the end of which they were to enter the king’s personal service. As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams” (Daniel 1:5, 17).

Instead of an adverse response to and branding as “evil” a curriculum that was not rooted in Judaism or the Hebrew language, Daniel and his three friends embraced this educational opportunity and used it to bear testimony of the One true God. There is no better way to engage the culture than to know their language and literature. We are mistaken when we divide our life and learning into sacred and secular. If Christ is the embodiment of absolute Truth then, philosophically speaking, all knowledge comes from him and all knowledge points to him. To seek knowledge is to value and appreciate the intellectual, creative, and imaginative capacity that God has bestowed upon humankind.

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