A worldview is a set of claims that purport to be based on ultimate reality.

Three Essentials to Worldview Training for Students

Posted by ssbg on January 2, 2006

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1. Have a solid definition of worldview and biblical worldview.To begin, we must define worldview. Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project uses the following working definition:

A worldview is a comprehensive set of truth claims that purport to paint a true picture of reality. A comprehensive biblical

Answer the question, “What is really real?”


worldview is one that includes and fundamentally understands God’s truth claimed over every area of life. Our personal worldview is the total set of truth claims that we have bought, consciously or subconsciously, which drive our emotions and what we think and do in unguarded moments — reflecting what we believe to be really real.— Del Tackett

2. Know what is the core distinction: truth vs. lie. Answer the question, “What is really real?”

The first step in engaging your teen around the topic of worldview is to ask him the provocative question, “What is really real?”

I recently asked one teen this question. After his initial look of “What kind of question is that?” he realized that I wanted a sincere answer. His second look was more contemplative. At that point, I knew I had hooked him. His first answer: “I think what’s really real is what I can touch, put my hand on. I can see it, feel it, know it is real.”

Now it was my turn to say, “Hmm. Is that so?” And with that we were off on an odyssey of discussing what a worldview is and what undergirds how we think about the most important questions of life, meaning and existence. By the way, as you might have noticed from this teen’s response, it was a typical naturalist worldview. If it can’t be proven by science, then it cannot be considered definitively “real.” I followed his comment with: “Is justice real? How do I prove that?” This is why God’s Word is the source of all primary truth. Because it speaks to all the questions about who God is, who man is, what is right and other core questions of human existence, the Bible must always be the defining reference point for all primary truth.

3. Focus on the nature of God: the ultimate truth experience.

Because truth is a person, Jesus Christ, the most important component of a Christian worldview is knowing God. For this reason, we say that all truth is rooted in the nature of God. In fact, thinking like a Christian produces the most important action of all: loving God. When we think right, we do right.

For this reason (all primary truth comes from the nature of God), we see everything in life as sacred. There are no dichotomies between religious truth and other truths. It all belongs to God, and God’s truth bears on all of life. All of life.

— by Marc Fey

Marc Fey is director of Christian Worldview and The Truth Project.


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