Book Study

Every Wednesday until June 3, 2020

7:00pm – 1:00pm

"Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important." -C.S. Lewis
This spring Pastor Jason will be hosting an interactive weekly book study on Zoom for our high school students and their families. The book study will cover the wonderful material found in the short book What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach To Life's Big Questions by James Anderson.

Knowing what we believe, why we believe it, and the difference it makes in our lives is an essential part of living a fulfilled life for the glory of God so upon completion of the book study you should:

(1) Have a fuller sense and appreciation of the truth, beauty and goodness of the Christian religion and worldview.
(2) Have a fuller sense and understanding of many of the different non-Christian worldviews.
(3) Understand the moral, existential and intellectual implications and tensions of different non-Christian belief systems and worldviews.
(4) Be able respond appropriately to questions and criticisms of Christianity.
(5) Be able to lovingly and apologetically engage those hold other worldviews.
(6) Confidently and and humbly "give an account for the hope that is within you" (1 Peter 3:15).

In our present age, most religious truth claims are either met suspicion or dismissed as irrelevant. Everybody, however, has a worldview whether they are aware of it or not... 

According to Christian author James Anderson, a worldview, 
"Represents our most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe we inhabit. Worldviews also incorporate and express our deepest values: what we see as the highest good, what standards we use to judge between right and wrong, what we value most in life and in other people, and what pursuits we consider most worthy." anall-encompassing perspective on ourselves and everything else that exists, especially those things that matter most to us and have the greatest influence on our lives."

The reading schedule is only several pages a week and the pages jump around, which I understand can be a little perplexing at first glance but it is the way the book is organized.

The brief book has three parts: questions, categories, worldviews. The 21 different worldviews are drawn from the five main categories: atheist, theist, quasi-theist, finite-theist, and non-Christian theist worldviews. The categories are then largely derived from how you answered the 21 questions in section one (explanation sourced from here)

April 29th - WORLDVIEW INTRODUCTION & CHRISTIANITY

What is a Worldview (11-16)

Christianity (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34, 35 36 39 40 59)

May 6th - COMMON WORLDVIEWS IN OUR CULTURE

Relativism (21, 91)

Skepticism (21-22, 93)

Nihilism (21-23, 75)

Pluralism (21-24, 87-88)

May 13th - WORLDVIEW PARADIGMS

Atheist Worldviews (43-44)

Theist Worldviews (45-46)

Quasi-Theist Worldviews (47-48)

Non-Christian Theist Worldviews (51-52)

May 20th - ATHEISTIC WORLDVIEWS

Atheistic Idealism (21-25, 43-44, 26-28, 57-58)

Atheistic Dualism (21-25, 43-44, 26-28, 55-56)

Materialism (21-25, 43-44, 26-27, 69-70)

Monism (21-25, 43-44, 26, 71-72)

May 27th - THEISTIC WORLDVIEWS

Deism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34, 61-62)

Pelagianism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34-36, 39-40, 83)

Christianity (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34, 35, 36, 39-40 59)

Judaism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34-36 51-52, 37-38, 67-68

Islam (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34-36 51-52, 37, 65)

Unitarianism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34-36, 39, 95-96)

Non-Mainstream Monotheism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34-36, 51-52, 37-38, 77)

Mysticism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 34-35, 73-74)

June 3rd - FINITE THEIST  AND QUASI-THEIST WORLDVIEW

Finite Theist Worldviews

Finite Godism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 49-50, 33, 63)

Poly Theism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 32, 49-50, 33, 89)

Quasi-Theist Worldviews

Pantheism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 47-48, 30, 81-82)

Panentheism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 47-48, 30, 31, 79-80)

Platonism (21-25, 45-46, 29, 47-48, 30, 31, 85-86)

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June 18, 2020 7:00pm – 10:00pm
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