by James Riley Estep, Jr. and Jonathan H. Kim
Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” (1949) poses the dilemma of a traveler confronted with two paths—one frequently traveled and the other less but more “longing for wear.” He pens, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood: And sorry I could not travel both: And be one traveler, long I stood.” The only resolution Frost provides is: “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Christian educators, as well as many others in the practical ministries field, face the same dilemma.
The Christian educator is caught between two roads: the theological and the theoretical. The theology road is traveled frequently by theologians and by all those professing Christian faith, while the theory road is congested with those participating in the scientific community—in this instance, those who engage in the social sciences. But must we choose? Is there not a new path—a third way—to travel through the woods?