Dr. Milton Uecker
Last week we introduced the topic of planning to promote biblical integration. Today’s post explains and illustrates the use of the following questions:
1. Does this content deal with the answers to worldview questions? Which questions? (Reality, truth, value, man, future, etc.)
The first questions within our set of preparatory questions focus on worldview integration. All disciplines, along with their related textbooks and materials, reflect the dominant worldview that has influenced the thinking within the discipline or the viewpoint of the author or speaker. Ask yourself, “Does the content of this unit, chapter, video lecture or lesson provide an opportunity to understand the biblical view of reality, origins, truth, value (right and wrong), man’s nature and purpose, the world’s brokenness, and the future? If so, how does the content of the lesson answer the question? What is the biblical answer to the question? Does the discipline align with biblical truth? Will my lesson affirm the viewpoint of the discipline or textbook? If not, what questions will I need to ask to facilitate critical thinking (evaluation) on the part of the students? If the viewpoint is not Christian from what worldview has the question been answered? Will the students be able to identify the faulty thinking and provide evidence from the text or lecture that supports their conclusion? “
When addressing worldview integration it will not be possible to teach a Christian worldview without your students also developing knowledge of how other worldviews think. It is this knowledge that will enable them to learn discernment and be able “take every thought captive.” In a culture that has abandoned the idea of Truth and has replaced it with the “philosophies of this world,” students must be able to know and defend their worldview and effectively use their “benchmark,” the Word of God, as the authoritative source of not only their viewpoint but their life.
Additional worldview questions are easily researched online through searching “Christian Answers to Worldview Questions” or “Worldview Questions.” Be sure that in addition to the question you are able to provide the biblical answer to the question through an appropriate biblical reference. This reference might serve as an ideal memory verse to include within the study.