Christian Life and Biblical Worldview – RLGN 104

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

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.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

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).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Apply critical thinking strategies and identify informal logical fallacies commonly used in argumentation.
    2. Define the term worldview and identify components of a biblical worldview.
    3. Identify important people and principles of major contemporary moral philosophies and religious worldviews that have helped shape modern society.
    4. Examine the Christian gospel and describe and assess common perceptions of the Christian gospel.
    5. Employ strategies to communicate the Christian gospel to a person from a non-biblical worldview.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinking: the ability to use analytical, evaluative, logical, and reasonable patterns of thought to establish coherent beliefs, ethics, and strategic decisions.

CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.

CT 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.

CT 4: Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.

CT 5: Relate critical thinking and ethics to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Civic and Global Engagement: the ability to engage local, national, and global structures as an informed follower of Christ.

CGE 1: Identify the main features of a worldview, assessing the cultural, political, economic, and industrial implications.

CGE 3: Apply the Christian principles and general practices for effectively engaging people from different social and/or cultural backgrounds.

CGE 4: Describe the impact of a person’s global perspective on evangelism and cross-cultural engagement.

CGE 5: Relate the human experience within various civic and global structures to participation in the redemptive work of God.

Course Assignment

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Threads

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Discussion Board Forum 1 requires the student to create a thread that must be 50–100 words for each question (100–200 words total). Discussion Board Forums 2–3 require the student to create a thread that must be 250–500 words. (MLO C, D and E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 5, CGE3, CGE4, CGE 5.

Replies

In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. For Discussion Board Forum 1, each reply must be 50–100 words. For Discussion Board Forums 2 and 3, each reply must be 150–300 words. All forums 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). (MLO: A, C, D) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT4.

Worldview Paper

The student will submit a paper consisting of 450–750 words. This assignment is designed to assess the student’s understanding of worldview and biblical worldview following the content taught in the course. The student must support his or her answers with course content, research, and Scripture references. “See 'Course Policies' for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course.” A minimum of 3 different sources is required. At least 2 of the sources must be outside of the materials used in this course. (MLO: A, B) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT2, CT4, CGE 1, CGE5.

Critical Thinking Paper

The student will submit a paper consisting of 500–1,000 words answering questions using critical thinking skills addressed in this course. This assignment is designed to assess the student’s critical thinking skills in the area of problem solving. The student must support his or her answers with course content, research, and Scripture references. “See 'Course Policies' for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course.” A minimum of 3 different sources is required. At least 2 of the sources must be outside of the materials used in this course. (MLO: A, B, E) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT2, CT3, CT5, CGE1 & CGE 3, CGE4.

Tests (8)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT3, CT4, CT5, CGE1, CGE 3 , CGE 4.