- Biblical Worldview
Our goal is to compel students to think critically, objectively, and ultimately, biblically.
Last month, I shared how the Introduction to Biblical Worldview Course, required of all LCS staff, focuses on three foundational tenets designed to establish a common foundation, framework, and trajectory for infusing a biblical worldview into every aspect of our school community:
• The definition of “biblical worldview”
• The importance of a biblical worldview
• How a biblical worldview is expressed at LCS
This month I’d like to share how such infusion takes place through our curriculum by explaining the 3P Method of Biblical Worldview Infusion.
The 3P Method consists of Purpose (intentionally determining a primary biblical worldview focus for lessons, chapters, units, etc.), Perspectives (creating opportunities for students to ask hard questions, and to deliberate the existence and role of God and His word within the lessons, chapters, units, etc.), and Parallel (guiding students Socratically through a comparison of a biblical worldview with the ideas and philosophies generated through the Perspective portion). The goal is to compel students to think critically, objectively, and ultimately, biblically.
Let’s use a lesson on geometry as an example. Functionally, geometry includes proofs that help us figure out whether something applies only in one situation or in all situations. It begins with a “given” – an unchangeable truth (e.g., all sides of a square are equal in length) – and then a “proof” (e.g., prove that lines drawn from corner to the opposite corner in that square will be equal in length). Using the 3P Method:
• Purpose. Help students see not merely that the Bible is filled with proofs, which in the same manner help us figure out whether these truths are universally applicable, but that objective truth exists. For example, given the unchangeable truth in God’s word that all of us fall short and need salvation (Romans 3:23-26, 10:12), and that “whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord for salvation shall be saved” (Romans 10:13), the “proof” is that any person, no matter what they have done in their life, can be saved. Thus, God’s word is always applicable!
• Perspective. What are some views regarding “truth” that are different from or even opposed to biblical truth? Can truth be subjective? What other truths in the Bible can be universally applied like a geometry proof?
• Parallel. How do these views of truth differ from a biblical worldview? What makes the “proofs” in geometry similar to the “proofs” in God’s word? How does objective truth influence the reality and purpose of geometry, or even God?
From our Wee-Warriors to our graduating seniors, we are committed to encouraging our students to stop and think about the kingdom of God, not only in Bible lessons/classes, Chapels, and on short-term mission trips, but more importantly within our fine arts, athletics, mathematics, language arts, social studies, technology, world languages, and science curriculum.
And by doing so with intentionality and excellence, we will have provided an authentic and effective biblical worldview path of learning.
Rick Allen serves as Liberty Christian's Biblical Worldview Coordinator. Read his previous blog posts on the CPOE in the links below.
• The Christian Philosophy of Education Project
• What is a biblical worldview?
• The Introduction to Biblical Worldview Course and its importance at LCS
- Biblical Worldview