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Worldview Basics Pt.5-The Trinity

-Dylan R.

At last, we have reached the end of examining four important concepts in obtaining and maintaining a Christian worldview. As you might recall, John Frame states that the notion of God’s absolute personality, the clear Creator-creature distinction, the complete sovereignty of God, and the doctrine of the Trinity are vital metaphysical characteristics of a Christian worldview.[1] For our concluding discussion we will be reviewing the necessity of advocating a Trinitarian conception of God in our Christian weltanschauung.[2]

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by Robie Day

As I read through my list of blogs that I frequent each week, I continued to come across posts that I wanted to include in this week’s recommended reading.  I found some to be extremely helpful, while others were just interesting.  Hopefully you enjoy them as well.

 

Looking for a good Systematic Theology textbook?  David Dunham offers a quick description of several leading systematic texts.  David also began a new series this week entitled, “Godliness and Perfectionism.”

There has been much said about this week’s discovery of the Coptic fragment dubbed the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.  Here, Justin Taylor posted Francis Watson’s six-page analysis of the document.

Greg Laurie posted the third part of his series entitled “Why Jesus Had to Die.”  Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.

Many parents struggle with the issue of neo-Darwinian evolution being taught in schools without any mention of intelligent design.  Here is a parent’s guide to intelligent design and science education, provided by the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.

This is just cool.  Petapixel.com posted this photo, stating “This is the Most Zoomed-In Photograph Ever Created by Mankind.”

R.C. Sproul Jr. answers the question, “Who Are the Sons and Daughters of Men in Gensis 6:1-5?

Tim Challies continues his series entitled “The Essential,” addressing the sin of pride.

Apologetics 101: Positive and Negative Apologetics

by Robie Day

As we move into the various methodologies of Christian apologetics, I think it will be helpful to first identify two general classifications of argumentative methods.   Simply put, when engaging other worldviews, one can argue positively or negatively.  However, when we say that one can utilize a positive or negative argument, we are not talking about the attitude or demeanor with which they approach the discussion (I addressed this in an earlier post on the biblical approach to apologetics).  Below, I have provided two short, simple explanations of positive and negative apologetics: Read More…

Worldview Basics Pt.4: The Sovereignty of God

–Dylan R.

Anselm, the famous archbishop of Canterbury, once stated this truth,

Thus, even should a human being or a bad angel not wish to be subject to the divine will or governance, he cannot flee from it, because, if he wishes to escape from a will that issues orders, he runs beneath a will that inflicts punishment; and if you ask by what route he passes from one to the other, it is nowhere other than beneath a will that gives permission; and the supreme Wisdom changes his wrong desire or action into the order and beauty of the universal scheme of things to which I have been referring.[1]

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Worldview Basics Pt.3: The Creator/Creature Relationship

Though it’s been a while since my last post in the Worldview Basics series, I have officially returned for more (pumped!). Previously, we discussed the question of how one would define worldview (Weltanschauung) while also introducing the first of four important concepts to consider in regards to building and maintaining a Christian worldview. In this post, I would like to focus on the next essential feature of a Christian worldview; namely that of the Creator/Creature relationship as John Frame suggests.[1]

In Frame’s approach to dealing with the issue of the Creator/creature relationship, he centers the discussion on the notion of God’s transcendence and His immanence. Rightfully, Frame places such a large emphasis on defining and describing these terms because they have the ability to radically shape what one believes about God—even from a Christian perspective.[2] Frame defines God’s transcendence in this way,

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TBR Recommends…

Hello readers! I hope everyone is doing well. Here are a couple of resources that I’ve found to be particularly helpful and interesting this past week. Enjoy!

Gay is NOT the New Black– This article from The Gospel Coalition was written by Voddie Baucham and interacts with recent public debate on the issue of homosexuality. This discussion has everything to do with issues in the church at the present time and it is very much worth your time to read.

Worldview,Culture, and Eschatology– This podcast was put out by The Reformed Forum. In light of our current series on worldview, this is a remarkably helpful resource. It is highly recommended. Enjoy!

Worldview Basics Pt.2: God as Absolute Personality

By Dylan Rowland

Last week we began a study covering the basic principles of “Weltanschauung”, or worldview, and opened the series by formulating a brief history and definition of the concept (click here to view). We found that, according to the Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant, a very simplistic definition of Weltanschauung consists of one’s sense perceptions of the world—the lens through which a person views reality. Given this introduction, I also noted that, for the remaining segments of this series, I would like to focus our attention on discussing what John Frame describes as, “The four most important things to remember about the Christian worldview.”[1] So…what are they?

According to Frame, the four most important concerns for maintaining a healthy Christian worldview are, “First, the absolute personality of God; second, the relationship between Creator and creature; third, the sovereignty of God; and fourth, the Trinity.”[2] Let’s dissect the first—the absolute personality of God.

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