Martin Luther: Parental Responsibility in Biblical Education

by Megan Arledge, M.Div.

Southwestern D6 Family Ministry Journal (Volume 6)





Abstract: This article presents Martin Luther’s belief and teaching that God exclusively gave parents the responsibility to teach their children biblical content,
theology, and spiritual disciplines. Luther claimed that Christian educators and church leaders are not the primary theological teachers for children. The first section of this article provides Luther’s biblical theology for the educational responsibilities of parent. Secondly, Luther’s arguments for parents to teach biblical content, theology, and spiritual disciplines in the home will be examined. Lastly, the article provides some of Luther’s methodologies that parents may utilize for the successful biblical education of their children within the home.

Megan Arledge, M.Div., is a second-year Doctor of Education student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She received a master’s degree in history from Southeastern Louisiana University and an M.Div. from SBTS. She is the children’s minister at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.