Finding your worldview. Thinking... — Reader Q&A
First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians chapter 6 as we begin a new series. And as we do, I want to do just a couple of book plugs. You will see on the back of the bulletin the books that are on that recommended reading list we have available in the bookstore. Suggested Reading. It's a quick read. So much of it is done in story form. He tells the story of a young, evangelical kid named Chris Chrisman who goes off to a fictitious university called Handsome State University, which is a thinly veiled reference to UCLA Berkley.
John Stonestreet has had an enormous impact on American education even though he himself has never held a conventional academic appointment. For over fifteen years he has helped head worldview training at Summit Ministries, a Colorado based organization that educates high school students on how to think about the big questions of life from a Christian vantage. Thousands of Summit students have learned under his direction, and have taken what they learned and integrated it into their subsequent college and graduate school experience. We have asked William Dembski, who was a longtime friend and colleague of Chuck Colson, to conduct this interview on behalf of TheBestSchools. In the interest of full disclosure, TheBestSchools.
Why Think of Worldviews?
What is at stake is how we understand the world in which we live. It is an all-consuming way of life, applicable to all spheres of life. A Christian worldview has the stamp of reason and reality and can stand the test of history and experience. A Christian view of the world cannot be infringed upon, accepted or rejected piecemeal, but stands or falls on its integrity. Such a holistic approach offers a stability of thought, a unity of comprehensive insight that bears not only on the religious sphere but also on the whole of thought. A Christian worldview is not built on two types of truth religious and philosophical or scientific but on a universal principle and all-embracing system that shapes religion, natural and social sciences, law, history, health care, the arts, the humanities, and all disciplines of study with application for all of life. The beginning of a Christian worldview is in God and His creation, as explicitly taught in the Bible Gen.
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Naturally, I frequently get asked why, and I thought I would finally take a stab at an answer here. It is fundamentally a metaphor , using the image of sight as a way of describing the way that we think about the world. Sometimes it seems to mean something like a world map , a schematized view of the world as a whole that can stand in for an actual knowledge of the detailed geography itself. Other times, it seems to mean something more like a world-viewer , that is to say, a set of lenses or an apparatus that someone puts on, which construes the world so that it appears to them in a certain way. Either way, though the metaphor has its uses, it seems to me at risk of misleading us in at least four ways. What do I mean by that?