Weeks 6, 7 & 8 are over and the Worldview course is complete! Week 6 asked the question “Is there any hope for the world?” We examined the answers each worldview gives: Secularism and Postmodernism essentially tell you that hope lies in your dedication to whatever goal you set. Marxism tells you that our hope lies in revolution against the oppressive rich, and the institutions they impose. Muslims are left to hope that their good works outweigh the bad and that Allah will accept them. The lesson ended with a discussion of how we should treat our Muslim neighbors, an explanation of their beliefs, and how we can reach them for Christ.
Week 7 asked the question “Is God even relevant?” We broke the question down into three areas: His relevance to a free society, His relevance to science and His relevance to our lives. To outline his relevance to a free society we looked at things like the golden triangle of freedom, and the role that God’s law has played in making our laws. In the area of God’s relevance to science, we looked at things like the fact that science steals from God, the flaws of ontological reductionism (the belief that everything can be reduced to the physical), the six things that science can’t explain and the logical ways we can prove there is a God.
Week 8 we watched an interview with an American reporter that has spent considerable time in the middle east covering the turmoil, the plans of ISIS and the displaced families. She shared her biggest takeaways and helped explain what is really going on in the Middle East. The students then watched 6 different video clips and were asked to identify which worldviews were being portrayed. The class ended with a discussion of what draws people to each of the major worldviews, as well as who the victims are of each worldview. At Summit Ministries, they commonly say that “Ideas have consequences. And bad ideas have victims.” When we compared all six worldviews, we found that Christianity is the only worldview that doesn’t victimize anyone.