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Our Approach and Values

We value:

  • A Biblically informed understanding of human nature and human rights
  • The traditional understanding of the concept of justice
  • An ethical approach to law, policy, and enforcement of law
  • Criminal justice as both a practical and theoretical concept (both what is and what should be)

We stand upon these values because Scripture has taught us to have an appropriate understanding of who man is: a being capable of great beauty and incredible acts of kindness, but also capable of generating tremendous evil and ill-will. During his time in the Gulag, Alexander Solzhenitsyn realized that “the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart - and through all human hearts” (The Gulag Archipelago).

We stand upon these values because they facilitate the appropriate relationship among members within society. This proper relationship is facilitated by criminal justice professionals – those who understand human nature, natural rights, justice, who live and act ethically, and who understand the nature of their role.

Individuals who fill this role must be people committed to thinking in a significant way about the nature of justice. They must also be committed to taking action. If you are called to fill this role, we would love to invite you into this program – one that takes a “thinking person’s approach to Criminal Justice.”

We as faculty strive to teach the minds and minister into the lives and souls of the students we serve. We strive to prepare our graduates to make a difference in whatever portion of the world that they will inhabit – in whatever capacity the Lord guides them. Harro Van Brummelen (1998) argues that Christian education includes guiding, unfolding, structuring, and enabling. He argues that “to guide students into the paths of wisdom requires more than disclosing content”‖ it requires “unfolding a message of unity and diversity of creation... life‘s meaning and potential… and the power of sin and redemption. It requires enabling students to “…work out their commitment to God and other people, fulfill their responsibility and exercise discipleship. In structuring the classroom students glean a message of love, authenticity, reconciliation, worth, excellence, and community” (pp. 40-41). This is our desire within the Criminal Justice and Human Services Programs at LeTourneau.

 

Van Brummelen, H. (1998). Walking with God in the classroom (2nd ed.). Seattle, WA: Alta Vista College Press.

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