How can we understand Biblical Worldview Integration?
To understand the daily teachings of a school founded upon the principles of Biblical worldview integration, it helps to address the following activities that many people associate with Christian school. It is important to note that these activities alone do not qualify as comprehensive Biblical worldview integration.
Activities that do not soley qualify as BWI
- Simply adding Bible verses to worksheets and assignments.
- Praying at the beginning of the school day or a class period and never mentioning God again.
- Going to chapel once a week but never discussing the Bible outside of Bible class.
- Referring to God as the creator but in no more detail in the study of science, math, or the arts.
- Adding a Bible class to curriculum and holding the Bible teacher accountable for teaching and addressing all matters related to Biblical truth.
- Praying before a sporting event but proceeding to play with no regard to Christian character or testimony.
What is the goal of Biblical Worldview Integration?
The goal of BWI is to help students to think biblically and critically about every subject. Further, the goal is for students to think biblically and critically about every aspect of their lives. Ideally, students should seek to see each subject the way God sees it. When students truly understand something from a biblical perspective, they should gain a greater understanding of the character or nature of God, or have a greater understanding of how God designed things to be. In order to do that, there are a few foundational concepts that students need to understand.
Basic principals of BWI
- Absolute truth is knowable and comes from God.
- God’s Word is inerrant, inspired, and authoritative for all areas of a Christian’s life.
- Although there are not specific Bible verses that specifically address all aspects of creation or human existence, the Bible does provide principles, presuppositions, and values that teach how to interpret and interact with everything an individual may encounter.
- Every individual has a worldview (whether they recognize it or not) that is comprised of a system of beliefs, which determines their interpretation of all they perceive in the world.
- Every educational system is based upon a worldview interpretation, and much of what is currently being taught in the United States public school system presupposes a secular humanism worldview.
Simply stated, BWI is taking a lesson objective and/or lesson outline, and teaching it from a Christian perspective. It is not just a lesson or objective devoid of God, His character, nature, or creation, nor is it solely about God, His character, nature or creation. It is a melding of the two. It is understanding the objective or lesson from the Christian point of view.
How do teachers accomplish BWI?
A teacher’s ability to integrate Biblical truth into academic content is directly proportional to his or her own understanding of the Bible and its implications for a person’s worldview. Every teacher and staff member is expected to invest time in continuing to educate themselves about God and His word in order to make these connections. While this requirement is significantly satisfied by regular attendance at a local church and meditation on God’s word, it also implies seeking out specialized resources which will deepen our understanding of the implications of Biblical truth in academic content.