6th-8th Grade Recommended
Course Types Available:
- 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
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Biblical Integration Information:
- Creation: Created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27), humans are made to share in God’s loving dominion over creation (Genesis 1:28; 2:15). Among other things, this involves discovering and developing the potential that God has invested in his creation, including the potential for software and technology—the stuff of coding!
- Fall: As a result of Adam and Eve’s original disobedience, however, human nature is thoroughly and universally marred by sin (e.g., Genesis 3:14—4:16; Romans 1:18—3:23; 5:12–21). Like any other human phenomena, then, software development and technology reflect this reality in a variety of ways: from technology addiction and pride to pornography and technicism—the idolatrous belief in technology as savior of the human condition.
- Redemption: Thankfully, God is in the business of redeeming technology. Contrary to so-called technical optimists and technical pessimists, he thinks of it neither as a deliverer nor as a destroyer of humanity. Instead, he finds much that is good in it, and as Isaiah 60, Micah 4, and Revelation 21 might suggest, he plans to repurpose and reprogram harmful, distorted technology for his service in the new heavens and new earth. In the meantime, his people can and should use technology for kingdom purposes: for the promotion of the gospel, for spiritual formation, for the common good, etc. While creating software that accomplishes these goals, Christian programmers and developers should also devote themselves to writing excellent code (cf. Colossians 3:17), editing and refactoring poorly written code for the sake of readability and maintainability (cf. Matthew 22:39), and keeping humility in the midst of technological mastery (Philippians 2:5–8). Soli Deo gloria!