An Exemplar of Christian Worldview

Our Bereans readers know how passionate I am about the issue of Christian worldview—taking every thought captive to Christ—in every aspect of thought and life.  I haven’t lost any of that passion, but I am not the only one who cares about it.  My colleague, Richard Tison, here at Cedarville University, also possesses an intense commitment to the integration of the Christian—that is, Biblical—worldview, in his academic endeavors, both teaching and research.  So I am not going to ramble on about it, but let Dr. Tison speak to us through a paper he wrote as part of his tenure process in History.  The paper concerns the epistemological and Biblical foundations of Christian worldview, particularly as it relates to the study of history.  As such, it constructs a comprehensive philosophical and theological foundation for that discipline, but also for any intellectual endeavor that a Christian may encounter.

Now a few words about his approach.  It is a van Tillian, or presuppositional approach in terms of its epistemological underpinnings, beginning with God and God’s Word.  Some might disagree with that approach, but I believe he makes his case well.  Besides that the reader should first evaluate the paper in terms of its internal consistency, before he expresses his external concerns—let the paper first speak for itself in its own right.

I commend this paper to you as an excellent example of worldview thinking.  May it be seen as an example.  One caveat:  It is long, so get a cup of coffee, or a bowl of ice cream in my case, and enjoy.  It is for serious Christians.

The link is here:


3 thoughts on “An Exemplar of Christian Worldview”

  1. I will look forward to reading this…but after I saw the length, I had to laugh at your urging us to get a cup of coffee. A pot of coffee, more likely. A bowl of ice cream? I think a quart of ice cream (or the amount of ice cream that comes in what used to be a quart) will be needed. Good physical food with good spiritual food. Thank you for the post!

  2. Although the presuppositional approach is not exactly persuasive, it probably is a good–and by “good” I mean “safe”–approach for a “tenure” application at Cedarville. It probably makes sense to leave the question regarding the authority of Scripture begged.

    In terms of an approach to apologetics, the presuppositional approach is ineffective, as it cannot stand up to any serious logical scrutiny.

    Anyway, what I don’t understand is one can even apply for tenure at Cedarville. Tenure above all protects academic freedom, in particular, the integrity of the search for knowledge. Academic freedom does not exist on campus.

    At Cedarville tenured faculty can be fired, or strongly encouraged to pursue other opportunities, if they happen to be too “liberal,” or to be too critical of the Republican Party, or happen to advance a position that might be controversial, even if it is within the ever-morphing doctrinal statement.

    Biology professors have to keep playing the false dichotomy game between “macro” and “micro” evolution(even though down deep inside at least some of them know better), and have to accept the historicity of Adam and Eve, a near scientific impossibility that cannot be supported with any scientific data whatsoever. Geologists have to ignore the crushing mass of evidence in support of a very, very old earth–and have to keep lying to students about the age of rocks they uncover on local nature tours.

    And what if a faculty member chooses to publish in the wrong journal? Or if they publish in a journal which in the same issue publishes some article deemed to be controversial–too controversial for Cedarville?

    Let’s be honest: anything close to academic freedom does not exist at Cedarville. The university should just end the charade and issue long-term contracts, leaving open the possibility of firing long-time septuagenarian faculty who seem to want to be the academic equivalent of Cal Ripken, Jr. and rest on yesterday’s laurels.

    Better yet: do what GE CEO Jack Welch used to do–fire the bottom 10%, and replace with hopefully better instructors.

    After all, THAT’S what an institution truly committed to free enterprise would do!

    All the best to all.

  3. I agree that every Christ should have a worldview that begins with God and His Word. This is consistent with our creations as our beginning started with God as we were created in the imago die (Gen. 1:27). It is essential, in order to live a life that is most glorifying to God, to first look at what scripture says and allow that to guide your life instead of deciding how you want to live your life and then find scripture to support it.

Comments are closed.