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. For our concluding discussion we will be reviewing the necessity of advocating a Trinitarian conception of God in our Christian weltanschauung.
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.) Thouology– This article is from the boys at The Gospel Coalition and, I think, is important to consider. It is not just about knowing about God, but knowing Him personally and intimately as well.
2.) Kingdom Through Covenant– This is the title of a new book released by Stephen Wellum and Peter Gentry, both professors at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. There has been a lot of hype over this book from that community, and while I have not read the book yet, this interview at Credo Magazine was helpful.
3.) The Problem of Pain– I am in the last stages of completing a Theology of C.S. Lewis class, and this is the book that I am currently reading. Though many of you have probably read this, or maybe not, perhaps it is time for another look. The problem of pain and evil is an important one for pastoral ministry, one that we should always be ready to address the best we can.
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.
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. Frame defines God’s transcendence in this way,
For those of you that live close to our neck of the woods, you should check out the Southern Ohio Pastors Conference. This is a project Dylan and I have been working on for some time and we would love to see you there. The conference is on September 15 at River Valley Community Church in Waverly, OH. Although the conference is primarily for pastors, all are encouraged to attend. Here’s a brief video introduction to the conference, with more to follow.
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!
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.” 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.” Let’s dissect the first—the absolute personality of God.