This is a topic close to my heart – developing a Christian worldview and living according to what the Bible teaches and not the culture around us. The book is a collection of articles by different authors, each chapter dealing with a different topic. The first chapters deal with the foundation behind having a Christian worldview – having a biblical foundation. This starts with whether we believe the Bible to be authoritative and sufficient. Another chapter dealt with the importance of what we believe about the world’s origins and how a belief in creation is crucial for having a biblical worldview. I never really thought about the importance of that before but his points make sense. If we don’t believe what the Bible says about creation and how the world came into being, than how are we going to believe and trust it in anything else that it teaches? Trying to compromise with the world’s view of evolution by saying that God used evolution to create the world undermines the authority of Scripture.
Other chapters deal with education, economics, politics, psychology and the arts.
Part of the chapter on creation vs. evolution points out the irrationality that comes with believing that evolution is how the world came into being. The author states this pretty clearly:
“What could prompt anyone to embrace such a system? Why would someone opt for a worldview that eliminates all that is rational? It boils down to the sheer love of sin. People want to be comfortable in their sin, and there is no way to do that without eliminating God. Get rid of God, and you erase all fear of the consequences of sin. So even though sheer irrationality is ultimately the only viable alternative to the God of Scripture, multitudes have opted for irrationality just so they could live guilt-free and shamelessly with their own sin. It is as simple as that.
“Either there is a God who created the universe and sovereignly rules His creation, or everything was caused by blind chance. The two ideas are mutually exclusive. If chance rules, God cannot. If God rules, there’s no room for chance. Make chance the cause of the universe and you have effectively done away with God.”
What are we teaching our children? Or what are we allowing our children to be taught? One of the chapters in this book deals with education and how the current educational system in our country is NOT conducive to Christianity or developing a biblical worldview. I don’t have children myself, but it concerns me that the next generation is being raised up in a culture that is very anti-God, anti-Bible and anti-Christianity. How do we fight against the postmodernism so prevalent in our current culture?
I recently finished listening to Stand to Reason’s Greg Koukl Ambassadors curriculum, course A. In this he teaches ways we can respond intelligently and consistently with the questions raised by postmodernism. I highly recommend Stand to Reason’s ministry for resources and tips on how to defend our faith in a world increasingly hostile to it.