Standard 1: A. Biblical Foundations
The Biblical Foundations Statement of an institution defines its Christian nature by affirming those doctrinal matters to be true which identify it as part of the evangelical tradition in education. It is to be written so as to conform to the historic creeds and statements of Christianity and thus reflect not only a careful and precise theological statement but also accurately state the current position of the institution as set down by the board and administration. In addition, it will be written lucidly in order to inform prospective students, faculty, administrators, and board members, as well as external constituencies, regarding the religious identity of the institution.
This statement provides the context from which the other three foundational statements logically follow. It may be referred to by different titles, depending on the institution’s tradition, such as Biblical Foundations Statement, Doctrinal Statement, Theological Position, or Statement of Faith. It may be supplied to the institution by its sponsoring or affiliated denomination or church, or it may be individually and originally composed by the institution.
A Biblical Foundations Statement may also differ in length and comprehensiveness. It may be very brief, covering the most essential items and allowing for broad evangelical application, or it may be lengthy and very specific to a particular tradition. In either case, it is comprehensive enough to include all affirmations which are expected, but also concise enough that it does not include matters which are regarded as nonessential. The institution’s Biblical foundations may be included in its mission/philosophy.
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