Raves & Reviews

High School & College Students

Scholars & Educators
(* Interviewed for
WVE Curriculum
)

Church/Parachurch Leaders
* Dr. David Naugle
(Dallas Baptist University)
David Bruce
(www.hollywoodjesus.com)
* Dr. William Lane Craig
(Talbot School of Theology)
Doug Delp
(Pastor, Moberly, MO)
* Dr. Harold Netland
(Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School)
Dr. Christopher Coble
(Lilly Endowment Inc)
* Dr. Frank Beckwith
(Baylor University)

 

(Video Clip #2) David Bruce, head of www.hollywoodjesus.com.

"Imagine a Christian college that is connecting its students, and potential students, to the real world--to dialogue about Christ...but, in a way that gets the student to look at how the other person believes, rather than trying to force something on other people,...sort of understanding where they're at...then, working with them in dialogue and bring them somehow to God."

"I'm hopeful for the Church...I think this context (WVE Seminar) has really helped them (student participants) to a place where they are much farther down the road than we were at their age."

"I can't believe that this program, in Lincoln, Illinois, in the middle of cornfields, can possibly be so cutting edge. It's so great! It's marvelous really."

David Bruce is writer, speaker, and web master for HollywoodJesus.com which has been featured on "Fox News" and in Time, the New York Times, and Christianity Today. In addition to his M.Div degree, David has always been a student of pop culture as Production/Admin for NBC-TV. radio station management, and a Pop Music magazine Publisher.

 

David Naugle, professor and author of Worldview: The History of a Concept.

"Talk about relevance and effectiveness! WorldviewEyes has put together one of the best programs in the country to communicate to today's youth the bottom line importance of a Christian worldview for personal spiritual growth and cultural transformation. Biblical answers to the deepest questions of life are at the heart of this innovative program, enabling students to know God and understand the world and their place in it on the basis of rock-solid Christian convictions. This strategic ministry also enables young people to understand the chief worldview competitors to Christian perspectives and the influence these outlooks have in contemporary culture. They also teach students how to respond to these tough challenges with the salt and light of the whole gospel. Not only this, but WorldviewEyes has packaged this material in an powerful way, using insights from Scripture and examples from popular culture in a multimedia format that is sure to connect with student audiences everywhere. We need more ministries to youth like WorldviewEyes that are addressing the deeper issues of life in helpful and effective ways. How thankful I am for vision and purpose of this significant work!"

Dr. David K. Naugle is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University. He has a Th.D. in systematic theology and a Ph.D. in humanities with concentrations in philosophy and English literature. Naugle is the author of Worldview: The History of a Concept (Eerdmans 2002), a book that was selected by Christianity Today as the 2003 book of the year in theology and ethics. He is also the editor of The Worldview Church E-Report published by the Wilberforce Forum as an information source designed to encourage church leaders to implement a Christian worldview in their congregations.


Harold Netland: "Is it really possible to engage youth today in serious conversation about life and God?  In a creative and attractive approach to Christian encounter with contemporary culture, Rich Knopp and the WorldViewEyes Youth Program show how young people can be challenged to think through basic worldview issues and deepen in their understanding of what it means to follow Christ in today's world. This could be revolutionary!"

Dr. Harold A. Netland is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies and the Naomi A. Fausch chair of missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he began teaching in 1993. He received the B.A. in biblical studies and history from Biola College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School, where he studied under Professor John Hick.

Netland's published works include Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth and Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission, as well as numerous articles on missions, religious pluralism, and apologetics. He also co-edited Christianity and the Religions (William Carey Library, 1996).

 

William Lane Craig, world-reknown Christian apologist: "The Church has dropped the ball when it comes to equipping our youth to meet the intellectual challenges confronting them in high school and college. WorldViewEyes is an innovative and credible curriculum aimed at empowering Christian youth to think through and defend the Christian worldview."

Dr. William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Jan and their two teenage children Charity and John. When he was a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A.) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A., M.A.), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D.), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol.). His many published works include Reasonable Faith (Crossway, 1994); Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (InterVarsity, 2003, with J.P. Moreland); Hard Questions, Real Answers (Crossway, 2003); Creation Ex Nihilo (Baker, 2004, with Paul Copan); and To Everyone an Answer (InterVarsity, 2004, with Francis Beckwith and J. P. Moreland). (For a more complete list of Craig's publications, click here.)


Francis Beckwith: "You have a wonderful ministry, and I am honored that you asked me to contribute to it. I've already told J. P. Moreland about Lincoln and its terrific faculty ...."

Dr. Francis J. Beckwith is Associate Director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, and Associate Professor of Church-State Studies, at Baylor University, where he is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Church & State. He has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Fordham University and an M.J.S (Master of Juridical Studies degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
 
His books include (w/ W. L. Craig, J. P. Moreland) To Every One An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (InterVarsity Press, 2004); Law, Darwinism, & Public Education: The Establishment Clause and the Challenge of Intelligent Design (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); (w/ C. Mosser & P. Owen) The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement (HarperCollins/Zondervan, 2002); (w/ G. P. Koukl) Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Baker, 1998); and (w/ L. P. Pojman) The Abortion Controversy 25 Years After Roe v. Wade: A Reader (Wadsworth, 1998).


"The annual report has been reviewed and approved. It is clear that WorldViewEyes has matured significantly over the last several years and is hitting its stride. The number of young people you reach remains impressive. I am also delighted in the project's careful evaluation and with the ways you are using these insights to strengthen the program. Good work!"

Christopher Coble, Religion Program Director, Lilly Endowment Inc.

 

"I want to thank you for your "WorldViewEyes" ministry. Bethany has shown so much fruit from your's and the other professors' labor.... [and] Becky said, 'I learned that I need to look at 'things' from another frame of reference--and that sometimes we don't see things accurately just because we only see them from one perspective.' I was amazed!! Great work!"

Douglas Delp, Senior Minister, Union Avenue Christian Church, Moberly, MO. [commenting on the effects of the seminar on two girls from his church]

"As much as I have fought over my college decision, there has only ever been one answer to my prayer for God to show me where He wants me to go.  I have never felt more myself than this summer at WorldViewEyes Lincoln.  My heart and mind were engaged in a way that I have only been able to dream of in high school.  Even as I push away the idea of going across the country this fall, God shows me all the reasons not to reject the best educational choice I can make."

Beth Hebert, from the state of Washington, is a 2002 WVE seminar grad ("Creation & Psychology") AND a 2003 WVE Seminar grad ("Christian Faith, Competing Worldviews and Contemporary Culture") . She is currently a junior @ Lincoln Christian College.


"My experiences at the WorldViewEyes seminar in New England honestly changed my life.  Being around amazing Christian mentors and seeing God work in other students lives led me to seek out and submit to God’s will for my own life.  I would encourage anyone who wants to see God work in incredible ways to attend one of the seminars."

Neil Miller is a 2001 & 2002 WVE Summer grad ("Church Planting in the Modern World") and currently a senior student and President of the Student Council @ Lincoln Christian College.

 

"I first of all want to thank you for being such a big part in arguably the most valuable experience of my life. I could talk for hours on my experience, just ask my parents--six hours non-stop ...."

Joelle from Roswell, NM (attended "Worldviews and Contemporary Culture" seminar)

 

"Thank you again for the seminar. I believe it to be the highlight of my summer and possble summers to come. God really was doing a wonderful work in my life during that week which He is continuing even after I'm back now. God bless you for all you've done. Thanks again."

Tyler from Lindenhurst, IL (attended "Worldviews and Contemporary Culture" seminar)

 

"I just wanted to let you know what a great time I had. I got home and it was all that I could talk about to everyone. It was such a wonderful experience that brought be closer to God. And having to write our personal mission statements really made me think about what direction God was pointing me in. Thank you so much for a wonderful time."

Cassie from O'Fallon, MO (attended "God's Creation and Human Psychology" seminar)

 


David Bruce of
HollywoodJesus.com talks about how WorldViewEyes is "connecting students to the real world"
(video)

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