Biblical Worldview Integration

How does Isaac Newton Christian Academy provide a truly distinctive, truly Christian education? It is the effective practice of biblical worldview integration. True intellectual coherency is possible when all of life and learning, and private and public life can be integrated with one’s worldview. Biblical worldview is far more than prayer and Bible reading before class begins. It is more than a Bible class alongside of all the other subjects. 

A worldview is the assumptions and answers we have about life’s biggest questions and issues. It is a “big picture” of reality. Our core beliefs and assumptions shape our worldview. We must examine these assumptions, because this is where decisions start, and actions germinate. A biblical worldview is one that provides a frame of reference for all things, so the pieces of life can be rightly understood in light of God’s bigger picture. These “pieces of life” can be any idea, event, problem, experiment, thing, person, concept, activity, feeling, etc.

For Christians, the biblical worldview should be shaped by what the Bible has to say about the “big picture” of reality. Christians should analyze and filter all subjects through the lens of Scripture to supply reasons for life’s activities and decisions. The following guidelines apply biblical truth to all of life.

Our worldview is our “big picture” of reality, as shaped by beliefs or assumptions about:

  • God
  • Creation
  • Humanity
  • Moral order
  • Purpose

 

A Christian education at Isaac Newton Christian Academy filters instruction through this worldview formation. To help keep the “big picture” in mind, teachers at Isaac Newton Christian Academy apply questions to the content, materials, and methods of teaching. These questions are:

  • With respect to _____, what is being assumed, taught, ignored or implied regarding God?    

       Creation?  Humanity?  Moral Order?  Purpose?

  • With respect to _____, what can be discovered, applied, developed, or implemented in connection with the biblical view of God?    

       Creation?  Humanity?  Moral Order?  Purpose?

 
The following resources were referenced in this document:
                Making the Connections:  How to put Biblical Worldview Integration in Practice,
                           by Dr. Christian Overman and Don Johnson
                Biblical Integration:  Understanding the World Through the Word, by Dr. Mark Eckel
                Teaching Redemptively, by Donovan L. Graham
                How to Develop a Teaching Model for World View Integration, by Dr. Marti MacCullough