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Title: Worldviews


1
Worldviews
  • Berea PCA Church
  • Fall 2007

2
Fall Sunday School Outline
  • How Should We Then Live? (10 videos)
  • Francis Schaeffer shows influence of worldview
    on progression of Western Civilization.
  • Presentation of alternative worldviews
  • Keith Worley 15 minute skeleton outlines
  • Church and culture
  • Mark Doherty How the church has interacted with
    culture at different points in time

3
What is worldview?
  • Take my heart, form it (Heart/faith)
  • Take my mind, transform it (Intellect)
  • Take my will, conform it (Behavior)

4
What is worldview?
  • A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental
    orientation of the heart, that can be expressed
    in a story or as a set of presuppositions
    (starting assumptions) which we hold about the
    basic constitution of reality, and that provides
    the foundation on which we live and move and have
    our being.
  • James Sire, The Universe Next Door

5
What is worldview?
Theology
Law
Philosophy
Ethics
Economics
  • A worldview is the way we view our world and our
    place in it.
  • Answers fundamental questions.
  • Any set of ideas, beliefs, convictions or values
    that provides a framework to help you understand
    God and the world.

Politics
History
Sociology
Psychology
Biology
- David Noebel, Understanding the Times
6
Only 12 of evangelicals know what worldview is,
and only 4 said they needed to know anything
about it.
Remember!!
7
Diagnostic Questions
  • What is really real? (God, gods, Cosmos)
  • What is the nature of the world around us?
    (Orderly, Chaotic, Closed, Open)
  • What is a human being?
  • What happens at death?
  • Why is it possible to know anything?
  • How do we know right from wrong?
  • What is the meaning of history?

Remember!!
8
Who has a worldview?
  • Everyone
  • Few people have anything approaching an
    articulate philosophy. Even fewer, have a
    carefully constructed theology. But everyone has
    a worldview.
  • Do you know what your worldview is?
  • Society or culture as a whole
  • E.g. historic battle between Christianity and
    Secular Humanism in the West
  • How do worldviews take hold???

9
Popular Culture
Professionals
Artists
Thinkers
10
Why does it matter?
  • Good Defense--You are being influenced by ideas
    and beliefs in culture!
  • TV, Education Secular Humanism
  • Movies, Entertainers New Age
  • Science Naturalism
  • Ethics Moral Relativism
  • Good Offense--We cant communicate the gospel
    without pre-evangelism.
  • Cant assume people operate from Christian
    worldview. Cant necessarily argue from the
    Bible.


Take every thought captive - 2 Cor 105
Demolish false arguments - 2 Cor 104
11
What will you gain?
  • Growing confidence in your Christian faith
  • Other worldviews have serious flaws
  • All worldviews require faith
  • Christianity is a rational way of life
  • Awareness of other worldviews
  • Learn to use the 7 questions to assess your TV,
    radio, books, conversations See to it that no
    one takes us captive through philosophy empty
    deception. (Col 28)
  • How am I allowing popular culture to
    unconsciously shape my beliefs?
  • Growing confidence to engage people of other
    worldviews
  • Compassion for the lost confused

12
The Roman Age
  • Christians rejected syncretism (combination of
    different belief systems) all other gods were
    judged FALSE.
  • God had spoken, so Christians had knowledge of
    themselves, mankind, absolute values. People had
    basic dignity as made in image of God.
  • Roman culture though turned from this revealed
    Christian base culture became satiated with
    violence, sex, bombastic music, poor art, and
    abandoned intellectual life.
  • Rome was pressured from the outside (Barbarians),
    but fell because of internal rottenness resulting
    from their weak basetheir collective worldview.
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