Reasons to Believe

Christian Apologetics, Part 3 (of 4)

Historic Christianity is not only a religious belief system; it also encompasses a world-and-life view.

Derived from the German term weltanschuung, the word "worldview" refers to the cluster of beliefs a person holds about the most significant concepts of life–such as God, the cosmos, knowledge, values, humanity, and history. It's a person's "big picture" view of reality.

Since God is both the transcendent Creator and sovereign Sustainer of the universe, Christians should see him as the ultimate Author, Architect, and Source of all truth. Because human beings are made in God's image (imago Dei, Genesis 1:26-27), they are uniquely capable of grasping the remarkable truths revealed in general revelation through such fields as logic, mathematics, science, history, philosophy, and the arts.

Unfortunately, many Christians have been taught to view their faith in very narrow terms, often as a bundle of theological bits and pieces that lack proper perspective and integration. This kind of perspective often results in a faith juxtaposed with, rather than integrated into, the important areas of knowledge available in the world.

How tremendously elevating and liberating it can be, however, to view the faith in a broader perspective–a system of divine redemption in Christ that provides a comprehensive world-and-life view. As evangelical theologian Alister McGrath writes, "Christianity involves not only a set of specific beliefs but also a set of values and a way of life." Since the Christian faith is true, believers can expect that their faith will provide illumination and understanding in virtually all realms of life (intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual).

Christians who engage in apologetics benefit from thinking in worldview terms because the major competitors in the marketplace of ideas are themselves worldview systems (naturalism, postmodernism, pantheistic monism, paganism, Islamicism).

Worldview perspectives focus upon the "big questions of life." And it is in those macro areas that the historic Christian worldview scores highest on the standard worldview tests. The Christian perspective can account for both humankind's rationality and the world's inherent intelligibility (an infinite mind creates finite minds).

God's super (Triune) personality and intelligence is the adequate ground and source of the human mind. Thus, the Christian apologetic enterprise argues that God is the best explanation for the many and diverse realities discovered in life and in the world.

For more about the truth of historic Christianity and its vibrant world-and-life view, see my books Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions and A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test.

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Subjects: Worldviews

Kenneth R. Samples

I believe deeply that “all truth is God’s truth.” As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity’s truth-claims. Read more about Kenneth Samples.