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What Is the Christian Worldview? (Basics of the Faith) (Basics of the Reformed Faith) Paperback – November 13, 2006
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"By sticking close to what the great biblical themes of creation, fall, redemption, and glory meanbut also implyPhilip Ryken has written a masterful primer. It offers excellent orientation for inquiries that could, with profit, extend for a lifetime." --Mark Noll
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Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.
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What we really believe in the core of our being determines how we live-whether we have clearly thought through it(or can clearly express it)or not. Mr.Ryken writes p.8 "Even people who say they do not believe in God have ultimate commitments ...whatever is ultimate for us shapes our total identity."
Why is it important for Christians to have and live out a Biblically based Christian worldview?Philip Graham Ryken believes that the Church will fail to have a transforming influence on their culture where this is lacking.
God has revealed Himself ,and who we are in relation to Him and the world He has created.He quotes Francis Schaffer writing about God's revealed truth p.15"...truth about reality,not just about religious things.Biblical Christianity is truth concerning total reality."-In order to understand and make sense out of the world in which we live,we must know the God who has made it and what He has revealed about Himself and His creation.Without that we only have our vain and futile imaginations(and those of our fellow creatures)to try and sort out what is really important and how to live in the light of that.Some wrongly think that the Bible is our guide only in religious matters but the Word of God is to light our way in all things ,in this dark and sinful world.
Those whose worldview leave out God must ultimately lead to despair and a life that has no meaning or purpose(or whose meaning and purpose terminate in this short life).The author writes p.18" we did not make ourselves ,and thus we cannot define our own identity." As much as the carnal man wants to shake off his creature hood and define who he is(apart from God)all such attempts will end in futility and those who do so will not escape the judgment of God for such wickedness(unless they ultimately submit to God's revealed truth about who He is, and the only way of escape that He has provided for fallen sinful men).
The doctrine of creation is an important and foundational truth of Christianity.Evolutionary thought not only strikes at what God has made but attacks the very being and existence of God.Pastor Ryken asserts p.18 "Human beings are not the random result of molecules in motion;we are the crown of creation...". One of the clear evidences that man is the height of God's creation is that he is created in God's image(he is a moral,spiritual,rational and intelligent being).Evolutionary thinking is an expos'e of mans folly and rebellion against the omnipotent creator, sustainer and ruler of all things.
It is important to think through what our world and life view is.Is our worldview defined by Biblical parameters?The better we understand the Christian worldview,the more effectively we will be able to interact with those who have a less than Biblical(for professing Christians)or a world and life view that does not accord with reality at all.This booklet by Philip Graham Ryken is an excellent introduction to help one think through what their worldview is and compare to a Christian view of this world.
Ryken explains that "God doesn't have a point of view, he has a complete view." The only complete one might I add. The author walks the reader through the fall and explains that "the only way to glorify God completely is to obey him absolutely." He pulls no punches.
I especially enjoyed the chapter on the Creation and Cultural mandates. Reminded me of time spent studying under the late Charles Colson.
The book ends with a wonderful description of Revelation. Important to understand as "we are living somewhere between the sufferings of the cross and the joy of the empty tomb."
Trust me, you will love this short, easy to read book on the Biblical Worldview. Blessings.