This is a study in the development and application of the biblical worldview. This course will include an introduction and application of critical thinking skills, as well as a study of religious and philosophical worldviews. Special attention will be given to the theology and methodology of evangelism.
RLGN 104 is designed to deepen and broaden the student’s understanding of the core fundamentals of the biblical worldview and to equip the student to present that view in relation to competing worldviews. The goal is to enable the student to think more clearly and critically about Christianity and truth. It is intended to equip the student to become a more effective witness and to participate more constructively in the larger socio-cultural debate. In order to accomplish this goal, the student must (1) understand the essentials of Christian truth, (2) be familiar with the historical opponents to Christianity and truth, and (3) present a biblical, logical, and reasonable defense of Christianity. Through studying worldviews, the student can better understand the nature of humanity and individual conduct so that he or she is prepared to address relevant questions in a culture of relativism. As the apostle Paul states: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6, NIV). By understanding worldviews, the student will acquire a powerful form of wisdom that characterized the sons of Issachar: “men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32, NASB).
Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions: Threads and Replies (3)
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each Discussion. Discussion: Beliefs requires the student to create a thread that must be a minimum of 75 words for each question (150 words total). Discussion: Gospel Message Perceptions and Discussion: Gospel Message Friendships and Barriers require the student to create a thread that must be 300–500 words. All discussions must be supported by course content, outside materials, and/or Scripture references using current APA, MLA, or Turabian formatting (whichever corresponds to the student’s degree program. (CLOs: C, D and E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 5, CGE3, CGE4, CGE 5.
In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. For Discussion: Beliefs, each reply must be a minimum of 75 words. For Discussion: Gospel Message Perceptions and Discussion: Gospel Message Friendships and Barriers, each reply must be a minimum of 150–200 words. All discussions must be supported by course content, outside materials, and/or Scripture references using current APA, MLA, or Turabian formatting (whichever corresponds to the student’s degree program). (CLOs: A, C, D) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT4.
Worldview Research Paper Assignment
For this assignment, the student is to define the term worldview in 75 – 100 words, answer the five worldview questions from a Biblical Worldview in 400 – 500 words, and apply that Biblical Worldview to two of four practical questions from a list of options in 100 – 150 words. The student is writing a research paper, so this assignment should be written in paragraph format. Headers may be used to introduce each part. The student must support their content with course materials, research, and or Scripture references. A minimum of three different sources is required. At least one of the sources must be outside of the materials used in this course (Course Materials and the Bible). (CLOs: A, B) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT2, CT4, CGE 1, CGE5.
Critical Thinking Research Paper Assignment
The student will submit a paper consisting of 600–1,000 words. For this assignment the student is to choose one of four worldviews (i.e., Secular Humanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam) and learn and articulate how that worldview would answer the five worldview questions. The student will review chapters four and five of Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly about the World for content and clarity to these questions. You will also compare and contrast that worldview’s responses to the five worldview questions with how the Biblical Worldview would answer that question. A minimum of four different sources is required. At least two of the sources must be outside of the materials used in this course (Course Materials and the Bible). (CLOs: A, B, E) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT2, CT3, CT5, CGE1 & CGE 3, CGE4.
Each Quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each Quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (CLOs: A, B, C) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT3, CT4, CT5, CGE1, CGE 3 , CGE 4.