Why Worldview Development?

 Have you ever wondered why research consistently shows that most born again Christians are indistinguishable from non-Christians in their attitudes and behavior? Have you been concerned that the Church is not having the influence it ought to have on our society?  The reason is the absence of a Biblical worldview. 

Photo_eye_magnfierNglobe.jpgWorldviews act somewhat like eye glasses or contact lenses. That is, a worldview should provide the correct "prescription" for making sense of the world just as wearing the correct prescription for your eyes brings things into focus. And, in either example, an incorrect prescription can be dangerous, even life-threatening. We are faced with a smorgasbord of worldviews, all of which make claims concerning truth. We are challenged to sort through this mixture of worldviews with wisdom. These needs are experienced by all people, either consciously or unconsciously. All of us have a worldview with which we strive to meet such needs. The proper worldview helps us by orienting us to the intellectual and philosophical terrain about us.

The resources and links here are designed to help you address this crisis in churches and among Christians.

 

Worldview Defined

"A worldview is a set of presuppositions (or assumptions) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic makeup of our world" (James Sire, The Universe Next Door).

One's worldview provides answers to key questions about the nature of God, man, death, morality, knowledge, and history. 

Worldview Links

Lincoln Christian University

Here is a link to the website of Lincoln Christian University, a Christian higher education community, whose mission is to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblial worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world.

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WorldViewEyes

Logo_wvel.jpgThe homepage of WorldViewEyes, a ministry committed to helping young people and adults develop a Biblical worldview.

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James D. Strauss Collection

photo_Strauss-sml.jpgHere is the link to the collection of over 350 writings by Dr. James D. Strauss, Professor Emeritus of the Seminary.

This renowned scholar and distinguished professor has devoted his life to helping Christians understand what it means that "Jesus is Lord over every category of reality."

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Recommended Resources

Taking Every Thought Captive
Book_Strauss TakingEveryThought.jpgThis compendium of essays was edited by Dr. Rich Knopp and Dr. John Castelein of the Lincoln Christian College and Seminary faculty and written by former students in honor of Dr. James D. Strauss.  read more ...

Think Like Jesus
Book_Barna Think Like Jesus.jpgBased on years of research and testing, George Barna addresses these important issues in his compelling new book, Think Like Jesus. The premise is simple: you cannot act like Jesus until you think like Jesus. Barna contends that the key is developing a worldview that incorporates critical scriptural principles and translates those beliefs into specific action. In this practical, readable book, Barna describes what his research revealed about the people who think and behave on the basis of a biblical worldview. He found that rather than simply participating in numerous church programs, completing studies on books of the Bible, or memorizing Bible passages, the people who are able to think like Jesus are the ones who ask themselves seven key questions prior to making critical life decisions. In addition to identifying those questions, Barna provides the reader with extensive biblical references and discussion to help unfold the answer to each of those questions, enabling the reader to conceive a biblical worldview that leads to consistently better choices. read more ...

Total Truth
Book_Pearcey TotalTruth.jpgThis book written by Nancy Pearcey, now in a Study Guide Edition, is an excellent resource for developing worldview perspective. read more ...

Love Your God with All Your Mind
Book_Moreland Love God.jpgAn invaluable book written by Dr. J. P. Moreland aiding the concerned Christian in the battle for the Christian intellect, Love Your God With All Your Mind offers a no-holds-barred approach to fixing what's gone wrong in the Church. The author brilliantly identifies the reasons for the loss of the Christian intellect and how the Christian mind has been lost to the ever-growing popularity of anti-intellectualism. The chapter devoted to the Church is especially helpful for church leaders. read more ...

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