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Guide G Ed ch 10 to 12

Philosophy of Adventist Education

Study Guide, Chap. 10 – God in Nature


  1. How does 99.1 support 2 Pt 3’s statement about “willingly ignorant”?
  2. Have you ever wondered how things in orbit ended up going the right direction at the right speed to end up in stable orbits? Thought question.
  3. How may someone be in “harmony with the universe?”
  4. What seems to be the key to interpreting nature’s teaching in 100:1? What seems to be a second key in 101:2?
  5. Little children can always receive two things from nature…instruction and _______________. Do children differ from those older in years in this respect?
  6. How is it that children become less adept at learning from nature as they grow older?
  7. The image of God, the model for man…is it visible in other created works than man?
  8. In regard to your choice of a home for your young family this chapter is very instructive. NaQ.
  9. What part or type of process in nature needs “an interpreter” for children?


Chap. 11 – Lessons of Life



  1. What impact did natural surroundings have on the audience of Christ? Thought question, should we hold our classes outdoors? Notes? Computers? Chalk Boards? Hmmmm.
  2. Jesus delighted to gather “the spiritual teachings” from nature. NaQ.
  3. Jesus drew object lessons from nature, God’s book. But he also drew lessons from objects of “daily toil.” What benefit came from using this source for object lessons?
  4. Children link ideas. What kind of ideas should be linked in their minds with thoughts of God?
  5. In the last chapter children needed an interpreter of nature. In this chapter nature is itself an interpreter. Of what?
  6. What does Ellen White mean by “The Law of Ministry”?
  7. By what part of nature does Ellen White illustrate the blessing that comes from being a channel for God’s blessings?
  8. What spiritual lesson does the book Education draw from the fact that “he knoweth not how” (Mark 4:27)? In what sense in this lesson a lesson in “faith”? How is the lesson especially for educators?
  9. Thought question: Why might it be that God does not yet breathe on a seeded soul?
  10. At every stage of development our life may be “perfect.” Hmmm. Then is the harvest always ripe? Be prepared to discuss.
  11. List three passages that describe human spiritual growth in terms of natural processes (106:1).
  12. Did Jesus grow in knowledge? Was he all-knowing?
  13. Children should be trained in childlike _______________ …. To be ______________ with the small, helpful duties and pleasures ….
  14. Why do men lose site of God’s agency in the work of sowing and harvest? Is a harvest natural?
  15. In what sense do we partake of a miracle when we eat?
  16. “In nature there can be no __________________.” Yet camouflage is common there. What does the first sentence mean?
  17. The uncaught crook is cheating himself in the sense that the harvest of life is _____________________.
  18. What does “liberality” mean in 109:4?
  19. How can a man preserve his life according to 110:3?
  20. Spring illustrates the resurrection. This is not a question.
  21. How does Education illustrate the truth that we can not expect instant fruit when cultivating a better character?
  22. The various needs of the variety of seeds illustrate an important truth. Know the truth.


Chap. 12 – Other Object Lessons


  1. The body’s self-healing system is used to illustrate some truth in Galatians 6:1. What truth? Did Ellen White know Greek?
  2. Cultivate love to become a more effective healer. 114:1. NaQ.
  3. The value of perfection in small things is well illustrated by tiny ____________ in the woods. Children thus learn to find nobility and purpose in life’s humblest undertaking.
  4. The bow in the clouds illustrates God’s ___________________________.
  5. Astrologers seek messages in the stars. Education has a heading “Message of the Stars.” How does the book differ from the profession?
  6. In your own words, write a one sentence lesson described in the book for each of these: the palm tree, the desert, the river and its tiny sources. Why do many have no interest to labor?
  7. I’m out of time for writing. Enjoy the rest of the chapter.

For the Word Document: G_Education_10,_11,_12

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