Worldview & Apologetics Curriculum

Earlier in the history of WorldViewEyes, a panel of writers and youth specialists worked on a 13-session curriculum for high school youth.  While that material has not yet been made available, it will be used an a key resource in future efforts.

The WVE curriculum components will include the following:

  • A main resource text: Learning to Love God: A Christian Worldview Apologetic, which is being written by Dr. Rich Knopp.  It will have four main parts:
    • I.  Understanding the Christian Worldview
    • II. Alternatives to the Christian Worldview
    • III. Comparing Worldview Alternatives
    • IV. Living a Christian Worldview
  • Lesson plans and student materials for (a) high school youth; (b) university campus ministries; and (c) church adults. 
  • Supplemental materials will include PowerPoint/Keynote slides and video resources (e.g. lesson introductions, interviews with notable evangelical scholars, and selected clips from Reality Trip).
LESSON PROJECTIONS
1. "What's a Worldview?" 8. "The Worldview of Postmodernism"
2. "How Can I Identify MY Worldview?" 9. "The Worldview of New Age Pantheism"
3. "Worldviews in the Bible" 10. "A Strategy for Comparing Worldviews"
4. "Christianity as a Worldview" 11. "Choosing a Worldview with a Future"
5. "The Worldview of Secular Humanism:
Optimistic Atheists"
12. "Applying a Christian Worldview
to My World"
6. "The Worldview of Nihilism:
Pessimistic Atheists"
13. "Living a Christian Worldview in My Life"
7. "The Worldview of Existentialism"  

UNIQUE FEATURES
Several "worldview" curricula have been published by others, but the WVE curriculum will be unique and especially valuable in several ways.

  • Style: It will especially appeal to a "younger audience," using an entertaining and instructional video and other multimedia resources. Yet it will balance "lighter moments" with contributions from some of the best Christian scholars in the world.
  • Structure: It will help students think more about their faith and their culture in terms of competing "isms" (e.g., Secular Humanism, Nihilism, Existentialism, Postmodernism) rather than academic "disciplines" (e.g. history, economics, politics). A "discipline" approach to worldviews can be very valuable, but we believe that the "ism" emphasis will be perceived as more immediately relevant and understandable for a younger audience.
  • Approach to "worldview": It will offer a more balanced approach to the notion of "worldview" by emphasizing that it is not simply, or perhaps even primarily, a "mind" thing. Rather, worldview will be explained as the basic makeup of one's mind, emotions, will, and behavior. It will help Christians see that their worldview is directly connected to their entire life of discipleship--loving God will all their heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).
  • Relevance: It will make the idea of worldview come alive by using "pop culture" for many of its illustrations. This will help students recognize how prominent worldviews are in their own media world and how important it is to respond appropriately and effectively as a Christian.
  • Content: It will deal with many of the most influential "isms" in our world, but it will also teach a lot about the Christian worldview in the process. It will provide a valuable biblical background for worldview study, and it will guide students on how to recognize other worldviews and how to evaluate them. However, it will not simply condemn these worldviews as totally false. In fact, it will prompt students to understand the insights and attractions of these other worldviews. Yet it will also expose their problems and limitations. Several lessons will help students apply their Christian worldview to their school life (e.g. their approach to study, science, history, extra-curricular activities), to their work and future careers, to their family life, and to their social behavior.

VIDEO RESOURCES

One curriculum resource will consist of excerpts from videotaped material from a number of notable Christian scholars. WVE has already videotaped interviews with the following impressive list of evangelical scholars.   Most of these interviews were done with a "green screen" background, so a variety of computer graphics can be added in post-production.

  • Dr. James Sire, author of The Universe Next Door (InterVarsity Press) and many other books.
  • Dr. Nancy Pearcey, co-author with Charles Colson of How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale, 1999), and author of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Crossway Books, 2004).
  • Dr. David Naugle, author of Worldview: The History of a Concept (Eerdmans, 2002).
  • Dr. William Lane Craig, author of Hard Questions; Real Answers (Crossway, 2003); co-author of To Everyone an Answer (InterVarsity, 2004); and many other works.
  • Dr. Millard Erickson, author of Introducing Christian Doctrine, 2nd ed (Baker, 2001); Truth or Consequences: The Promise and Perils of Postmodernism (InterVarsity, 2002); and many others.
  • Dr. Harold Netland, Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission (InterVarsity, 2001).
  • Dr. Francis Beckwith, co-author with Gregory Koukl of Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Baker, 1998); co-author with J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig of To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (InterVarsity, 2004); and other works.
  • Josh McDowell, author of numerous books on Christian apologetics, including More Than a Carpenter, More Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and Beyond Belief to Convictions.

 

Watch an Intro to
the concept of "worldview"
(excerpt from a presentation in 2008)

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