The authentic Christian school teacher must include biblical worldview integration in the design of the curriculum. It is the element that answers the question, What can a Christian school education do for my child that a good Christian home, a good church, and the local public school—all working together—cannot do.
A working definition for integration could be “teaching the subjects of the Christian school in such a way that students develop a biblical worldview out of which to think and act.” This definition presupposes that there is a teaching approach essential for promoting worldview integration. And the use of this definition requires an understanding of the term worldview. In his book The Universe Next Door, James Sire (1997) describes worldview as “a set of presuppositions (or assumptions) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic makeup of our world.” J. P. Moreland (2001) gives the following definition for worldview: “A worldview is a set of beliefs a person accepts, most importantly, beliefs about reality, knowledge, and value, along with the various support relations among those beliefs, the person’s experiences and the person himself.
The most simplistic definition for a biblical worldview is to have the mind of Christ. That would mean that one would think like Christ; love like Christ; act like Christ; walk like Christ: have the humility, patience, longsuffering and all of the other Galatians 5:22–26 fruits of the Spirit. Christ would not only be the model but the individual’s worldview would be an exact copy.
It is the role of Christian parents and educators to help young people examine concepts and misconceptions in light of God’s perspective found in His Word. It is our task to bring together new information from such subjects as science, math, social studies, language arts, and the visual and performing arts—that is, knowledge found in every area of human inquiry. Then we must align that information with God’s perspective in order to help our students not only view life coherently and biblically but also ultimately hold firmly to a personally accepted biblical philosophy of life.
Excerpts taken from: An Approach to Worldview Integration: A Key Teaching Tool for the Authentic Christian Teacher By Dr. Marti MacCullough, chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania
What is your worldview? by guest columnist Clyde F. Autio, Major General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)