Introduction to Biblical Worldview – RLGN 105

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

Course Description

An introduction to the biblical worldview and contemporary moral issues. This course will introduce critical thinking skills. Religious and philosophical worldviews will also be explored.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Each student has been influenced by various cultural, religious, and family values and morals and often holds to personal opinions regarding these matters that have never been seriously considered. He or she must, therefore, be challenged to articulate and to validate a personal worldview by defining what is believed and defend why it is believed. Further, the student must learn to critically reflect on the many viewpoints and ethical issues that society offers, learn how to effectively communicate the biblical/Christian worldview in a multicultural society, and develop a consistently biblical approach to viewing and living his or her life.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Identify critical thinking principles and logical fallacies commonly used in argumentation.
    2. Define the term “worldview” and articulate a biblical/Christian worldview.
    3. Understand the five worldview questions of origin, identity, meaning, morality, and destiny.
    4. Identify key components in religious worldviews.
    5. Differentiate between a biblical and non-biblical approach to ethical and contemporary issues.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

    1. Critical Thinking 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant. 
    2. Critical Thinking 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning. 
    3. Critical Thinking 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values. 
    4. Critical Thinking 5: Relate critical thinking and ethics to participation in God’s redemptive work. 
    5. Christianity and Contexts 3: Apply the biblical text and its principles to life in a manner that bridges various contexts and considers the implications for personal growth. 

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 provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 150–300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Critical Thinking 1, 2, 5; Christianity and Contexts 3.

Replies

In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. The student will post 2 replies of 150–200 words in response to his/her classmates’ threads. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Critical Thinking 1, 2, 5; Christianity and Contexts 3.

See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course.

Reflection Essay

This assignment is designed to assess elements of the student’s personal worldview. This essay reflects the student’s current knowledge and beliefs, so it may include personal pronouns and answers. The student is required to provide a 150–200-word minimum (total word count, not including the questions) response to the provided prompts. (MLO: A, D)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Critical Thinking 1, 3.

See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course.

Worldview Research Paper

The student will write a 450 word (minimum) research-based paper that focuses on answering the 5 Worldview Questions from a Biblical worldview. A minimum of 3 different sources is required. At least 2 of the sources must be outside of the course materials, videos, textbooks and the Bible.  (MLO: B,C,D)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Critical Thinking 1, 2, 3, 5; Christianity and Contexts 3.

See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course.

Tests (8)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. A 2-point deduction may be assessed for each minute that the student goes over the 30-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Critical Thinking 3, 5; Christianity and Contexts 3.