What exactly is a principle?

What is a principle? I’m so glad you asked! It is best to start at the beginning, after all. Webster’s 1828 defines it generally as:

PRIN’CIPLE, n. [L. principium, beginning.] 1. In a general sense, the cause, source or origin of any thing; that from which a thing proceeds; as the principle of motion; the principles of action.

In the Biblical Principle Approach, a principle is that from which a subject springs. Principles are the foundation of the subject. It is the seed from which the subject grows. Like a seed, it contains the life and everything needed to grow in the subject.

Where do they come from? In a word, the Bible. All subjects find their origin in God as Creator. He is the source of everything.

What’s the big deal about using Biblical Principles? Well, the point is that you get to the source of the subject, the origin. Also the principles apply to the whole of the subject, helping you form a deeper understanding to (hopefully) master it. It also helps you develop a deeper appreciation of God’s way of doing things when you see how a subject is constructed. You can discover all sorts of things that apply to other areas of life and it can actually make teaching FUN because you are learning as well. It also makes teaching easier on one way. Because your lessons always point to a principle, your learning has a point beyond just filling in a worksheet. It has a greater focus which can help you do more than just get through another consumable book. It has a goal beyond finishing, and to me that helps make teaching easier.

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5 Responses to What exactly is a principle?

  1. Barb says:

    I’ve been reading Martin Luther’s On Christian Liberty and John Knox’s conversations with Mary Queen of Scots on conscience, government and liberty. Both will set off the fireworks on this topic. I highly recommend reading both men. There is a lot of talk about the reformers, mostly from their enemies, but I never actually sat down to read their own words until recently.

  2. Anna-Marie says:

    Barb that sounds interesting! I will put them on my reading list. :) Thanks for stopping by. I hope your year is getting off to a great start.

  3. Anna-Marie says:

    I just downloaded Martin Luther’s book on my Kindle—for free—and the John Knox work for .99. Gotta love it!

  4. Renae says:

    I really appreciate this idea. We aren’t required to teach everything about every subject, but we can instill the basics in our lessons.

    I’ve also been realizing how important it is simply to define things. After going to a science seminar, I realized that physics and chemistry aren’t something reserved for high school (or never in my case). They were demystified by simply defining what the words mean. Those definitions are the seeds.

  5. Anna-Marie says:

    Yes! I love how it is stated in GACE. And Ms. Dang says all we owe them is the seeds. It is up to them to learn. I agree. I can set the food out but they have to eat it.

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