Biblical Worldview Essay

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Introduction



An educator who possesses a biblical worldview and a Christian philosophy of education means that the instructor views life, life’s purpose, and all of history from the standpoint of the Christian religion. For such an instructor, the Incarnation is the most important moment in all of history, because it is the moment in which God became Man and the beginning of the redemption of mankind was initiated. The biblical worldview incorporates into such a teacher’s perspective the Old Testament conception of human nature: the fall of man, through the first sin; the loss of the kingdom of Heaven; the consequence of sin being sickness and death; and the longing for eternal companionship with God, the Creator of all things. This worldview and the Christian philosophy which goes with it, provides one with a path to moral education as well: it allows one to inform the character and grow in accordance with the dictates of the New Testament—namely, to put off the old man and put on the new (Ephesians 4:22-24). To be like Christ—Christ-like—is the aim of this philosophy, and knowing, loving and serving God in this manner is the method by which this aim is reached. Making this the heart of Christian education is the essence of incorporating the biblical worldview and the Christian philosophy into the educative process. This paper will show how a biblical worldview and a Christian philosophy of education have dramatic implications for educational practice.


Biblical Worldview



As Tackett (2006) notes, a worldview is a framework that provides us with a perspective on life and the world. A biblical worldview is thus a framework that gives one an anchor in reality by framing it within the perspective of the teachings of the Bible. Such a framework contrasts sharply with the many different frameworks of the modern era. The modern era is very subjective and self-centered in terms of how people view the world and their place in it (Bloom, 1987). Many people adopt gender frameworks, politically correct frameworks, feminist frameworks, socialist frameworks, atheistic frameworks and so on. Yet each of these frameworks subtracts from and distracts from the teachings of the Bible, which provide a cohesive and cogent assessment of reality. The Bible reminds us that we are not here to serve ourselves and our own desires but rather to honor and serve the will of God (John 12:26). The Bible teaches us that true happiness lies in union with God—not in material wealth, not in transitory pleasure, and not in thoughts of hatred or revenge or lust. Christ gives the example of fasting in the desert, denying the senses, combating Satan and fighting against temptation. He gives the example of forgiveness and true charity, showing the way towards God….....

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References

Bloom, A. (1987). The closing of the American mind. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Brown, C. (1990). Christianity & Western thought: A history of philosophers, ideas & movements from the ancient world to the age of enlightenments. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Brown, C. (2016). Equipping minds for Christian education: Learning from neuroscience for Christian educators. Christian Education Journal, 13(1), 147-168.

Tackett, D. (2006). What’s a Christian worldview? Retrieved from http://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/christian-worldview/whats-a-christian-worldview/whats-a-worldview-anyway
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