David Naugle on The Christian Worldview

booksDavid Naugle, professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University, wrote Worldview: The History of a Concept (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002) and provides some profound summary insights into the traditional creation, fall, redemption Christian worldview structure.

About creation, he writes on “issues of objectivity”:

‘Worldview’ in Christian perspective implies the objective existence of the trinitarian God whose essential character establishes the moral order of the universe and whose word, wisdom, and law define and govern all aspects of created existence.

He also writes on “issues of subjectivity” as it relates to the creation:

‘Worldview’ in Christian perspective implies that human beings as God’s image and likeness are anchored and integrated in the heart as the subjective sphere of consciousness which is decisive for shaping a vision of life and fulfilling the function typically ascribed to the notion of Weltanshauung.

Instead of speaking of the fall as one explanatory catagory, Naugle writes about “issues of sin and spiritual warfare”:

‘Worldview’ in Christian perspective implies the catastrophic effects of sin on the human heart and mind, resulting in the fabrication of idolatrous belief systems in place of God and the engagement of the human race in cosmic spiritual warfare in which the truth about reality and the meaning of life is at stake.

And, finally, he takes up “issues of grace and redemption”:

‘Worldview’ in Christian perspective implies the gracious inbreaking of the kingdom of God into human history in the person and work of Jesus Christ, who atones for sin, defeats the principalities and powers, and enables those who believe in him to obtain a knowledge of the true God and a proper understanding of the world as his creation.

Taken together, these statements concerning the basic elements of the Christian worldview help us to see how vast and comprehensive the whole canvas of redemptive-history really is. I think they stand as useful summaries of these important themes that unify and inform all of Scripture.

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