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Prof. Shawn T Miller

Texas A&M International University
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041

When exploring the influences of religion on education, it must be understood that within each religion there are different approaches or emphases. This paper claims that the different approaches or emphases within each religion influence education more than the differences between the religions.

All of the world’s major religions have two dimensions, and each person or group within any one of the religions can be placed in one of the quadrants.

In quadrant one, Positive God-centered, religion emphasizes the goodness, or the beauty of GOD. People are encouraged to learn as much as they can about GOD, and then praise or contemplate HIM. In quadrant two, Positive man-centered, people are encouraged to love their neighbors and work hard to benefit others and improve the world. In quadrant three, Negative God-centered, religion emphasizes man’s inability to know GOD. Whereas those in quadrant one seek wisdom, those in quadrant three seek humility by accepting their ignorance and preferring darkness to the deceptive light of error. In quadrant four, Negative man-centered, man’s sinfulness is emphasized. Above all, people in quadrant four try to avoid sin and purify themselves. Whereas those in quadrant two strive to do good, those in quadrant four devote their lives to not doing evil.

The horizontal dimension, God-centered vs. man-centered, has a horizontal affect upon education, that-is-to-say neither is more nor less beneficial or harmful to education, but they influence whether the education is more theoretical or practical. The vertical dimension, positive vs. negative, has a vertical influence on education, that-is-to-say the negative approach of those in quadrants three and four is harmful to education, whereas the positive approach of those in quadrants one and two is beneficial to education.


I have a masters degree in history from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, the equivalent of a masters degree in philosophy from L’ecole st. Jean in St. Jodard France, and I am now working on a masters degree in international banking from Texas A&M International University where I am currently an adjunct faculty member teaching American History and College Reading.