A worldview is the philosophical understanding that an individual has of the world rather than a physical outlook of the world. It is an important means to improving a person’s insight and the connections with various cultures that encompasses the concept of worldview. It represents our overall perspective of everything in existence and ideals that are significant to us. Therefore, it is representative of a person’s assumptions and basic beliefs about the world they live in. Additionally, an individual’s worldview characterizes and conveys their experiences of how they interact with humanity.
Biblical Worldview
A biblical worldview is founded exclusively on the word of God. People that respect the Bible extensively, utilize it to support everything that they articulate and achieve. The key elements of a biblical worldview refer to the Bible, each individual’s interpretation of the texts and passages within and the manner in which it is applied. Graham (2009) describes the biblical view to be when “well-meaning Christians reach different conclusions depending on the way they choose to interpret and use the Bible” (p. 11). Some believe that biblical texts include explicit scientific secrets as others suppose it addresses issues of faith and spiritual concerns, while academics or science contends with matters of reason.
Another perspective suggests the Bible be used to foster a process and practice with examinations regarding any subject matter (Graham, 2009, p. 12). Additionally, the Bible assists us with controlling beliefs and professed beliefs. These concepts differ respectively in which controlling beliefs manages a person’s actions and professed beliefs typically form the basis of an individual’s viewpoint without continuously controlling his or her actions (Graham, 2009, p. 14). A controlling belief influences how Christians perceive the world and controls our actions. Individuals function from various types of controlling beliefs that are unique to them though many recognize these beliefs as his or her worldview. Interestingly, a person’s controlling belief is not continuously aligned with our professed beliefs as you may expect. Rather, there are times when our actions contradict our respective beliefs (Ehn 2014).
Christian Philosophy of Education
Christian philosophy of education considers thoughts and actions that can be developed, executed, and supported. Components that are contemplated in developing a Christian philosophy of education vary from social and educational to theological and doctrinal. Initially the concept develops from a Biblical basis. The Bible is the framework for the philosophy’s application and procedure. Therefore, Christian educators implement a curriculum that includes theories and practices from the Bible, but more than theoretical guidance and an overview. Instead, it is an integral component of the subject matter and program.
The aim of Christian education is the guiding of the practice of human development regarding God’s word and the purpose for man to operate with godliness, integrity through our beliefs and action. The Bible is the fundamental source for all learning and thereby the Christian philosophy of education begins with God. Christian educators incorporate God’s character and plan as they are revealed through the Scriptures and is the basis for what they aspire to achieve (Forrey, 2000).
Most Christian schools comprise similar philosophies maintaining that education is first and foremost Christ centered. Key educational components within a Christian education construct varies from the learning process along with the educational purpose, to the student and what they wish to acquire from the educational endeavor (Graham, 2009). Philosophy provides the opportunity for development to occur within Christian education, providing the process for curriculum and methodology to be attained cohesively. It is the basis of what we believe, why we believe it and ultimately who we are. Philosophy is strongly connected with a worldview in which a Christian philosophy of life is also characterized as biblical worldview (Forrey, 2000).
Implications for Educational Practice
The implications for including a God-centered theory of knowledge as a foundation for the philosophy of education are comprehensible. Given that god is the basis of all truth, all truth is God’s truth. The educational practices in Christian schools include the gradual changes that have transpired from the traditional system of faith with a new cultural context. The former practice relied greatly with families working in unity with schools, parishes and additional sociological means such as affluent communal practices and ethnic communities. However, changes throughout the years have developed a wider social context which ultimately has impacted the beliefs and practices of today’s youth in non-religious and religious populations (Rymarz & Cleary, 2017).
Educators must continue to apply their knowledge in a meaningful way throughout their curriculum to bridge the connection of a biblical worldview to today’s youth that is relatable to their classroom learning environment and personal life. Also, educators in Christian schools serve a unique role by being able to support parents through the teachings of the Bible to “raise their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
Similar to educators, school counselors establish relationships with students by supporting their academic, social/personal, and emotional needs. Though, incorporating a biblical worldview within the public school setting is objectionable. Still, school counselors do have the ability to suggestively discuss using prayer or other religious practices to students if they were discussing coping strategies. Otherwise, educating and discussing religious beliefs in public schools is prohibited. Despite Christianity being recognized as the leading religion in the America, many people identify with and practice other religious beliefs.
A biblical worldview is imperative for Christian educators in which it assists with answering questions biblically. This particular concept guides us to believe in human dignity, moral absolutes, miracles and the prospect of redemption. A worldview is comprehensive which influences all aspects of life, from government to the creative arts, wealth to integrity. Christianity as depicted in the Bible is not just an outline of ideas to employ at church instead is learned as worldview. It does not discriminate between a secular or religious life since a Christian life is considered absolute. As an educator in a public school setting one challenge is identifying the positive impact a biblical world view presents but having to refrain from discussing religion or a Christianity worldview. It is forbidden since there are differing perspectives despite the fundamental influences our founding fathers implemented which included morality and religion.