BIBL 104 BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW ESSAY INSTRUCTIONSRationale for the Biblical Worldview EssayIn preparation for the Biblical Worldview Essay and by completing your textbook readings youwill be equipped to demonstrate your understanding of the authority of scripture, translate howthe Bible represents a theistic worldview, and compare and contrast your religious perspective(Syllabus MLOs: A, B, C, F, G, H, I and Module/Week 7 LOs 1, 3, 4).Every person has a worldview whether he or she realizes it or not. What is a worldview? JamesW. Sire defines a worldview as:[A] commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed asa story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partiallytrue or entirely false) that we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently orinconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides thefoundation on which we live and move and have our being.1Stated more succinctly, “…[A] worldview is simply the total set of beliefs that a person hasabout the biggest questions in life.” F. Leroy Forlines describes such questions as the“inescapable questions of life.” Life’s inescapable questions include the following: “Is there aGod? If so, what is He like? How can I know Him? Who am I? Where am I? How can I tell rightfrom wrong? Is there life after death? What should I and what can I do about guilt? How can Ideal with my inner pain?” Life’s biggest, inescapable questions relate to whether there is a God,human origins, identity, purpose, and the hereafter, just to mention a few.Satisfying answers to the “inescapable questions of life” are provided by the Holy Scriptures.The Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, form the starting point andfoundation for the biblical worldview. More specifically related to our purposes, the apostle Paulreflects several components of the biblical worldview in his letter to the Romans.The apostle Paul authored Romans toward the end of his third missionary journey, about 57 A.D.He addressed this letter specifically to the Christians in Rome. At the time the church in Romeconsisted of Jewish and Gentile believers, with Gentile Christians in the majority. Paul wrote tothe Christians in Rome in order to address specific concerns and challenges they were facing.While Romans was an occasional letter (not a systematic theology), Paul presents the Gospel ofJesus Christ in a very systematic fashion. The Gospel is actually the overarching theme ofRomans as Paul spells this out in his programmatic statement in 1:16–17. As the systematicpresentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Romans is foundational to the biblical/Christianworldview.Recognizing that Romans is not a systematic theology and does not contain all the essentialtruths that are relevant to a worldview per se, the apostle Paul articulates truths that arefoundational to the biblical worldview. In Romans 1–8, Paul addresses certain components of aworldview that relate to the natural world, human identity, human relationships, and culture.1 James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door, 5th ed. (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2009), 20.Page 1 of 2 BIBL 104 In a 750–1,000-word essay, describe what Romans 1–8 teaches regarding (1) the natural world,(2) human identity, (3) human relationships, and (4) culture. Furthermore, (5) explain how theteaching on these topics affects your worldview. Make sure that you address each of these topicsin your essay. As an essay, it must be written with excellent grammar, spelling, and style.Begin your essay with an interesting introduction that contains a precisely-stated thesis.End your essay with a strong conclusion that summarizes your main points succinctly. Structure of assignment paragraphs: Introduction/Thesis (approximately 75 words)The Natural World (approximately 150–200 words)Human Identity (approximately 150–200 words)Human Relationships (approximately 150–200 words)Culture (approximately 150–200 words)Conclusion (approximately 75 words)Use each of the categories above as headers for each paragraph in your essay.The body of your essay must address the specified components of the assignment inexcellent grammatical style.Your essay must be typed in a Microsoft Word document using Times New Roman, 12point font.It must be single spaced and must contain 750–1,000 words.All sources must be cited and a bibliography must be included.Do not footnote Scripture references; cite them parenthetically within the essay bodyfollowing the quotation or allusion to the biblical text. Review the Biblical Worldview Essay Grading Rubric to see the specific grading criteria bywhich you will be evaluated before submitting your essay.
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