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Worldview Assessment & Training Dan Smithwick Nehemiah Institute
This seminar will give you: Education:Meaning of “worldview” Information:Trends of worldview Motivation:The why of “worldview” in every classroom Inspiration:You can do it!
Mission statement: Undoing Dewey.
1: Meaning of Worldview
Definitions: Any ideology, philosophy, theology, movement, or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world, and man’s relations to God and the world. Dr. David Noebel Summit Ministries
Definitions: In simplest terms, a worldview is a set of beliefs about the most important issues in life. Dr. Ronald Nash Reformed Theological Seminary
“Worldview” verses “For my thoughts are not ______ __________, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8 “—and bringing into captivity _______ _________to the obedience of Christ.” II Cor. 10:5 thoughtsyour every thought
War of Worldviews Christian Biblical Theism Anti-Christian Atheism Existentialism Hedonism Humanism Materialism Nihilism Pantheism Pragmatism Postmodernism Socialism
P olitics How we govern E conomics How we prosper E ducation How we learn R eligion What we worship S ocial Issues How we relate Worldview Categories
PEERS Testing A Biblical worldview assessment program designed to assess how one views God, man and world around him.
Limited Government- Purpose of civil government: Limited? Expansive? or
Meaning of Biblical Worldview Education Politics Economics Education Religion Social Issues Objective knowledge
Question the significance of the Word- Politics Economics Education “Religion” Social Issues
Look elsewhere for “real life” issues Politics Economics Education Religion Social Issues Philosophers Scientists Politicians Talking Heads Media
2: Results and Trends of worldview understanding
Worldview Categories Score Range Biblical Theism Moderate Christian Secular Humanism Socialism< 0
Summary test results: (Scale: -100 to +100) Biblical Scholars: (several dozen) 87.8 Humanists: (several dozen) Christian school faculty: (500+) 52.9 Christian school students: (15,000+) 27.8 Public school students: (1000+) 7.9
Ministry Leaders Biblical Theism Moderate Christian Secular Humanism
Humanists & New Ager’s Biblical Theism Socialism
Influence on Society? Humanists Biblical Scholars Two bodies of thought
PEERS Trend Analysis Christian youth in public schools Moderate Christian
PEERS Trend Analysis Christian youth in “worldview” schools
PEERS Trend Analysis Traditional Christian schools
Worldview of youth- Shaped more by MTV, than by KJV
Your students?- What are the dominate factors shaping their worldview? Do they start with scripture? Do they have a burden for truth? Is secular culture shaping their views?
Highest scoring school Covenant Academy, Boise, ID
Lowest scoring school
3: Worldview in every Classroom
Contributing factors- Curriculum selection State of Christian home/church Education philosophy of faculty
If this is so- Humanists Biblical Scholars Two bodies of thought Humanist Manifesto The Bible
And if this is true- God despises Humanism “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matt 25:46)
Then this is disaster in making. 90% of Christian youth Biblical Theism Humanism/Socialism