Distinctiveness (curriculum) – Why a Biblical worldview is critically important!

Ron Sider presents evidence in his disturbing book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience: Why Are Christians Living Just Like the
Rest of the World?
, that evangelicals without a Biblical worldview are not living any differently (or in some cases demonstrating worse behavior) than the average non-evangelical. However, all is not gloom and despair! In the last part of his book he presents a strong argument that evangelicals with a Biblical worldview demonstrate different behavior – deeply committed Christians demonstrate more Godly behavior and spend significantly more time living out their faith. (For sake of clarity, he uses Barna’s definition of a Biblical worldview: the Bible is the moral standard, absolute moral truths exist and are conveyed through the Bible, God is the all-knowing, all-powerful Creator who still rules the universe; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life; Satan is a real, living entity; salvation is a free gift, not something we can earn; every Christian has a personal responsibility to evangelize; and the Bible is totally accurate in all it teaches.) Knowing the Word and living it out (discipleship) is something home, church, and school desire for students – worldview development is a key task of the Christian school – it is the place where faith and learning intersect directly – again and again in planned ways over a course of years.

I am aware that some of you have engaged your staff in vigorous dialogues around Biblical worldview in recent years and have developed particular belief statements. Would you be willing to share your work? If you are willing to share your process and products, I will be delighted to share them in the CSI Member Community Center – opening soon!



Filed under Biblical worldview, book, distinctively Christian

5 responses to “Distinctiveness (curriculum) – Why a Biblical worldview is critically important!

  1. John Wolters

    I highly recommend anyone and everyone to read “The Great Omission” by Dallas Willard. Dallas presents and portrays the “true meaning” of living a life as a disciple of Jesus.

  2. I recently heard a social researcher pour some scorn on some of the statistics in Sider’s book as not being well grounded; I do not have the scoop on who is right, just suggest the numbers be taken lightly.

  3. David – Thanks for your post – always a good reminder. Much of what Sider quotes related to the worldview issue is from George Barna, whose work has, to my knowledge, generally been widely accepted and respected. Do you know which statistics were being criticized? I am wondering if it was some of the statistics related to the low numbers related to tithing and Sider’s comment about being able to eliminate world hunger if every Christian tithed?

  4. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

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