For Logic Pre-Algebra: We started off Math, Week 3, Semester 2, with a discussion about “circles” (Lesson 60, Algebra ½ Saxon). We defined words like “radius, chord, diameter, circumference, and then solved problems that had to do with finding the circumference and the area of a circle. We related this to forgiveness and the circular benefits and consequences of forgiving and not forgiving. Consider for yourself the words of Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing” (HCSB). It causes me to think, as I write this, about the saying, “What comes around goes around.” See the circle? I never looked at this verse like that before. Revelation! We integrated some Logic here. We see in Matthew 6:14-15 some “if, then” propositional statements (similar to the ones we broke down in Logic today—see Exercise 7a pages 47-49 in Intermediate Logic) which we broke down into symbolic form (F means you forgive people their wrongdoing, G means your heavenly father will forgive you): F⸧G ⸳ ~F⸧ ~G. How awesome is God to integrate the verse of the day with exactly what we are learning in Logic and Math …and as you will see in other strands too.
Our students brought problems to the board and when I asked them how they saw God revealed in their problem these were their responses:
PEMDAS reminded Christopher that God is a God of order.
Trichotomy Axiom’s three Possibilities reminded Alejandro of the Trinity.
Emma was reminded of God when she was struggling with equivalence and then got it!
Aliyah modeled how to graph coordinate planes. She was also reminded of the
Trinity as she graphed three points to a triangle.
Ellie simplified a very in depth problem and explained that God also breaks down and
simplifies difficult concepts—this led us to talk about the parables and their purpose (Matt. 13:11-15)