Understanding Worldview It’s a term we hear all the time but what does it really mean? What is its significance? How does it influence my role as a teacher?

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<p>PowerPoint Presentation</p> <p>Understanding WorldviewIts a term we hear all the time but what does it really mean? </p> <p>What is its significance? How does it influence my role as a teacher?</p> <p>Teaching with Ends in Mind We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ Paul, Colossians 1:28</p> <p>See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2:8</p> <p>Teaching with Ends in MindPauls Prayer we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9-10The ContextWarfare: A Culture WarThe Root of the ProblemOpposing WorldviewsFor though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God 2 Corinthians 10:3-5What does culture have to do with it?Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving. THEORY OF CULTURAL DETERMINISM The position that the ideas, meanings, beliefs and values people learn as members of society determines human nature. People are what they learn. Optimistic version of cultural determinism places no limits on the abilities of human beings to do or to be whatever they want. Some anthropologists suggest that there is no universal "right way" of being human. "Right way" is almost always "our way"; that "our way" in one society almost never corresponds to "our way" in any other society. Proper attitude of an informed human being could only be that of tolerance. Hofstede, G. (1997). Cultures and Organizations: Software of the mind. New York: McGraw Hill. http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/choudhury/culture.htmlCultural DeterminismThe optimistic version of this theory postulates that human nature being infinitely malleable, human beings can choose the ways of life they prefer.The pessimistic version maintains that people are what they are conditioned to be; this is something over which they have no control. Human beings are passive creatures and do whatever their culture tells them to do. </p> <p>Joshua 24:1515If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.We were made for greatness, but there is something about our culture that undermines its intelligibility and achievement.~ J. P. Moreland, Kingdom Triangle, p. 21. Worldview: Why is it Important?!What is a Worldview?worldviewwrldvyoo/nouna particular philosophy of life or conception of the world."I have broadened my worldview by experiencing a whole new culture"</p> <p>Worldviewworldview (wrldvy)n. In both senses also called Weltanschauung.1. The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.2. A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. </p> <p>What is a worldview?A worldview is simply the total of our beliefs about the world, the big picture that directs our daily decisions and actions.</p> <p>~ Chuck Colson &amp; Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live?What is a worldview?A worldview is the lenses, glasses, framework, or grid through which you look at the world and every issue and aspect of life...Your worldview is the foundation of your ideas and values and your ideas and values is the foundation of your conduct </p> <p>Branson S. Howse, National Test Reveals Christian Students Lack a Christian Worldview.</p> <p>A persons actual worldview from which he lives and moves and has his being is the most important fact about that person. ~ J.P. Moreland, Kingdom Triangle, p. 34. For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is Proverbs 23:7aWhy is studying worldview issues important?</p> <p>What am I? Where did I come from? How do we know what is right from wrong?Who am I?Where am I going?Whats gone wrong with the world?Is there purpose to my life?Why do we exist? What is truth?Do I have value? God? Are you there?</p> <p>Do you know what you believe and why?How would you answer the questions?</p> <p> Do you really know what you dont believe and why?</p> <p>Who is well-off? What is is the good life?What is real?Moreland states that there are 5 important questions we should put to any worldview::What are the nature &amp; limits of knowledge?Who is really a good person?How does one become a good person?The Belief of American TeensSoul Searching: The religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers by Christian Smith. </p> <p>Moralistic Therapeutic DeismA god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.Good people go to heaven when they die.</p> <p>Two Types of CulturePitirim Sorokim in his book The Crisis of Our Age divides cultures into two major types: Sensate and ideational.</p> <p> A sensate culture is one in which people only believe in the reality of the physical universe capable of being experienced with the five senses. A sensate culture is secular, this worldly and empirical. By contrast an ideational culture embraces the sensory world, but goes on to accept the notion that an extra-empirical immaterial reality can be known as well. From Kingdom Triangle by J.P. Moreland, p. 21Thin vs. Thick WorldsAs discussed in Kingdom Triangle by J.P. Moreland, chapter 1A philosophical concept</p> <p>Thin world: there is no objective value, purpose, or meaning. It is a world that is just there; it wasnt made for some purpose. Theres no real essence to what counts as a proper flourishing human life, and theres no life after deathThis is the end result of thinking that is rooted in scientific naturalism and postmodern relativism. Postmodern tried to put value back into thought but left the value and believe up to the creation of the majority. 20Thin vs. Thick WorldsAs discussed in Kingdom Triangle by J.P. Moreland, chapter 1Thick World: there is such a thing as objective value, purpose, and meaning. In a thick world, some things really matter and other things dont. Some things have meaning, other dont. Some things are right and other things are wrongyou in particular, were put here for a purpose. P. 29 Understanding the Thinking of Contemporary CultureScientific Naturalism:Strong: We can only know what can be tested scientifically. If some belief is not part of well-established scientific theory, it is not an item of knowledge.Weak: Admits that some claims in fields outside of science (i.e. ethics) are rational and justified. But scientific knowledge, vastly superior, trumps the claims made by other disciplines. Summary then of worldview found in Kingdom Triangel on page 5922Understanding the Thinking of Contemporary CulturePostmodern RelativismReality, value, and truth are arbitrary conventions relative to different cultures. These are social constructions. Religion and ethical claims are reduced to private feelings, individual attitudes and personal perspectives. These areas have become noncognitive (knowledge not possible) and nonfactual (there is no true or false) J.P. Moreland, chapter three</p> <p>Universities have given way to plural-versities. p.70Summary page 85See quote on page 8723Under the Influence of WorldviewEveryone thinks, writes, lectures, argues, researches, interprets, behaves, etc. from a worldview. There is NO neutral education, neutral textbook, neutral teacherAll education has a god at its center (Neil Postman).All education is based upon a narrative or grand story that answers lifes big questions Education Provides the Answers The Grand NarrativesMore NarrativesWe are interpreting our experience in the light either of divine revelation or of some competing system of thought. Our calling as Christians is to progressively clean out all the idols.Nancy PearcyThe ChoiceThere Must be a StandardWhat will be the standard for your childrens worldview?</p> <p>16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesall things have been created through Him and for Him. 17He [is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. Colossians 1:16-18</p> <p>16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17</p> <p>Worldview Questions: What are THE Answers? The biblical answers to lifes big questions must be learned as a integral part of a childs education These answers can be the basis for a memory verse curriculum OR integrated into the curriculum / disciplines We must be ready to quote the reason for our belief from THE STANDARDWorldview Answers: An ExampleRealityHow did the universe originate and develop? John 1:1-5</p> <p>Is there a God? 1 John 5:20, Ephesians 4:6</p> <p>Is basic reality found in matter (physical world) or is there a reality that is unseen (spiritual world)? Ephesians 6:12, 2 Cor. 4:18SourcesRefer to the handout, Worldview Integration Questions, as a basic introduction. See the handout: Worldview Memory Verse Curriculum for answers to worldview questions by developmental level. These examples were developed by CIU students and posted at www.lowriecenter.comYou too can develop a curriculum based upon your current knowledge and research</p> <p>InstructionBut how does this impact my teaching? What am I to do?Biblical worldview is the basis for:Biblical IntegrationCritical ThinkingThe Christian Mind</p> <p>The how will be addressed in my second and third sessions. For Later ViewingThe next two slides provide glimpses into contemporary worldviews. What Does our Culture Believe?Do you believe in God?http://www.missionaloutreachnetwork.com/video/do-you-believe-in-god-man-on-the-street-interviews-wwwWhere do we come from?http://www.missionaloutreachnetwork.com/video/where-do-we-come-from-people-on-the-street-interview-wwwWhat happens when we die? http://www.missionaloutreachnetwork.com/video/what-happens-when-we-die-people-on-the-street-interview-www</p> <p>What Does our Culture Believe?Who do you follow? http://www.missionaloutreachnetwork.com/video/who-do-you-follow-people-on-the-street-interviews-wwwWho is Jesus? http://www.missionaloutreachnetwork.com/video/who-is-jesus-people-on-the-street-interview-www-storyofredemptionWhat is Grace?http://www.missionaloutreachnetwork.com/video/what-is-grace-people-on-the-street-interview-www</p>


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