The Free Church of Scotland has been urged to consider setting up its own schools.
The call was made by the moderator of its General Assembly the Rev David Robertson who claimed Scotland’s education system was “more about training people for jobs and social engineering than educating people”.
He called on Christians to pray for teachers, encourage pupils in their studies, as well as seek to “educate the educators”.
Mr Robertson said: “We may not yet be able to set up Christian schools, but that does not mean we should not be involved much more in the current education system.
“As a Church we need to think about running after school clubs for all, but especially the poor.
“We need to educate church children in the Christian worldview and philosophy.”
Mr Robertson told commissioners that the Church must lobby the Scottish Government for a more tolerant and progressive system of state school education.
“Of course our current educationalists will scream ‘we want a neutral system, not a divisive religious one’, “ he added.
“This simply means that they want a one-size-fits all system, whereby the only philosophy and ethos allowed is that of atheistic secular humanists.
“Let the secular humanists have their schools, and let the Christians have theirs, and let parents have the choice.”
Mr Robertson claimed children were now told what to think as opposed to being taught how to think.
“The danger is that we end up with this collectivist mindset where people are scared to think for themselves and just go along with the prevailing zeitgeist,” he added.
“I find this disturbing trend particularly illustrated in our party politicians.
“They must go along with party policy or they are out on their ear.
“Anyone ‘off message’ is deemed to be dangerous.”