Continuing from last week, I am very interested in how truth is instilled in students who are bombarded with fake news, situational ethcs, and other conflicts to the Christian way of viewing the world. Do you agree with me that a central part of our job as parents and Christian educators is to develop worldviews built on truth?
Dr. Moreland, in his books Kingdom Triangle and Love Your Guide With All Your Mind, asserts that a “three-way worldview struggle rages in our culture
- ethical monotheism,
- and scientific naturalism” (22).
Ethical monotheism states that all truth is based upon God and what He has to say about how the universe is and how we shall live. As a follower of Christ, we model ourselves around the truth as found in the Bible. This truth guides our ethical and moral decisions. Without this biblical view, we would not have solid ground upon which to anchor our lives, philosophies, and ideas. Moreland carefully explores the challenges and limitations of these worldviews, and concludes that “scientific naturalism is exposed as the shallow destructive fraud that it really is” (59) and that “postmodernism is a form of intellectual pacifism” (88). I encourage you to read more about this in his Kingdom Triangle book and YouTube lectures.
Scientific naturalism leaves the believer with a humanistic view of truth. If you don’t believe in anything supernatural – God, gods, ghosts, immaterial souls and spirits – then you subscribe to naturalism, the idea that nature is all there is. The reason you’re a naturalist is likely that, wanting not to be deceived, you put stock in empirical, evidence-based ways of justifying beliefs about what’s real, as for instance exemplified by science. Usually, these folks start with premise that there is no God (uninterested in evidence to the contrary) and go about proving their view correct through faith in their ability to apply scientific method and their finite understanding to all things.
It is important to fight these false narratives. Therefore, to combat these or any other worldviews, Moreland offers five crucial questions that can be used as a tool for analyzing them:
- What is real?
- What are the nature and limits of knowledge?
- Who is well off? What is the good life?
- Who is a really good person?
- How does one become a really good person? (59).
In summary, Moreland says “Culture has been hindered by a loss of belief among cultural elites in particular, and the broader public in general, in the existence of non-empirical, nonscientific knowledge, especially of moral and religious knowledge” (97). The education that this Christian school here in this part of the Lehigh Valley can impact the world by instilling truth and inoculating the future from the nonsense that looks to tear them down.
We believe this so much that we have decided to assess the worldview and spiritual life of our students. This assessment has provided us great data that we plan on strategically using in order to ensure our students grasp the truth and demonstrate a love for their God that is unparalleled in every aspect of their lives.