I rarely code websites by hand anymore, but I did it again recently when I developed the companion page to a class my wife and I are teaching at our church. Whatever is True: A Christian Worldview in a Post-Christian World is a seven-week course designed to give an overview of the current battle of worldviews that rages in the intellectual and cultural leverage points around us.
Christians today are called to participate in sanctification and evangelism against a cultural backdrop that is largely hostile to the Christian worldview. In order to share the gospel, we can no longer afford to pretend that the fundamental tenets of a Christian worldvew are undisputed by our audience. Moreover, the Christian community has largely favored an anti-intellectual brand of Christianity which is starkly contrasted by our strong academic heritage. Dispite many recent and important exceptions, Christians have largely retreated from the public marketplace of ideas. We have shifted into what William Lane Craig calls “intellectual neutral,” content to coast through discipleship moved more by fluffy sentiments pasted onto pictures of sunsets than thoughtful, biblically responsible, theological and philosophical reflection. We are no longer training our children to have a Biblical view of the relationship of faith to reason. Children grow up in our churches learning Bible stories, but never learn to defend their worldview. When they have doubts and questions, their pastor encourages them to blindly believe. Then they go to college and meet a professor who is actually willing to respond to their questions with an intellectually robust answer, and the student unwittingly converts to a worldview that is antithetical to Christian belief. This doesn’t happen because the student is immature or faithless, it happens because the pastor refused to prepare the student for responsible Christianity in a post-Christian culture.
This has to change.
The primary reason this has to change is not because Christianity is declining. The primary reason this has to change is because Christianity is true. Christianity is the only worldview available to us that accounts for the whole of human experience in a way that is internally consistent. Having grown up in the church, I was told by many well-meaning Sunday School teachers and pastors that I would have to accept irrationalities and contradictions if I was going to be a Christian. Brothers and sisters, that is a lie. The Christian worldview is accessible to the rational person. That was the teaching of the apostles, and that was the teaching of Christ Himself. Jesus made the extrodinary claim that He is the logos (the reason) and the aletheia (the truth). Jesus stared His opponents right in the eye and double-dog-dared them to follow the evidence where it leads and find the truth at all costs (read John 10). He did that because He knew it would lead them right back to Him.
So what about you? Do you have the guts to discover and believe whatever is true?
The class is held at Temple Baptist Church in Newport News, VA. Visit the companion website here: Whatever is True: A Christian Worldview in a Post-Christian World