Different denominations have varying worldviews however the Christian view is a worldview that is Christ centered and based upon the teachings of those found within the bible. Like a normal worldview, it is a framework of ideas and beliefs through which a Christian individual interprets and interacts with the world. It is to essentially love and server God. It allows a Christian to make sense of their world and life. This is a view that begins with a God who embraces those outside of himself, who planned a redemption that centered on sacrificing himself of behalf of the Christian people.
Throughout literature, themes and messages have made strong points to convey an idea. Ranging from the epics of old, centered on selflessness and courage, to the modern stories revealing moral-building characteristics, themes play an important part in connecting the writing to the reader. In the story The Poisonwood Bible, author Barbara Kingsolver uses elements such as religion, nature, and the arrogance of the western world to reach out to the reader and introduce the concept she is trying to teach. Religion has an enormous influence in The Poisonwood Bible, primarily during the first two-thirds of the book because of the presence of Nathan. One prime example of this is when Anatole, the interpreter between the Price family
The Trinity includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Even though these are three different beings, they are one person. The Bible describes more about the Trinity and many other things in the Christian faith. The Church is also another aspect of the Christian faith that is important. It helps guide Christians in their walk and is a place where Christians can share their burdens with other Christians and get advice in hard times.
Puritans such as Jonathan Edwards and Anne Bradstreet would write personal history or diary type of literature to influence men and women across the nation on their strong biblical beliefs. Puritans are known for their wide spread faith on the bible, how they would preach, and the way they showed others the way of life that is suitable to enter to heaven. Many puritans believed there were people who were already chosen called the “selected”. Each puritan writer had their own way of getting others involved in the lifestyle of following the bible. Writers like Edwards and Bradstreet both wrote about God and the impact although they had different notions; from them having different points of view of how God felt, to the way they wrote and made their readers feel throughout their writings.
The preface of Lewis’s Mere Christianity sets forth his ideas and arguments. Lewis is trying to convince readers his argument is credible and trustworthy, he is trying to get readers to understand his positioning and he is trying to give a sense of clarity. The preface shows Lewis’ goals when writing this argument; it shows how Lewis wanted so badly to express Christian unity no
TALK #3 (3) John Stonestreet. Summary. In this talk, John Stonestreet engages his audience regarding the role of Christianity in culture and explains the form in which Christians are to act within the negative spiral of decaying morals and evil in our midst. Stonestreet showcases examples from history (White Rose Society and Bonheoffer) to illustrate Christian responsibility towards cultural engagement and to avoid isolationism. Christians ought to avoid escaping reality.
Continuously finding ways to effectively communicate the truth of the gospel is a challenged faced by every preacher. The pursuit of fresh perspectives and approaches to the Bible, sermon preparation and sermon delivery consume preachers seeking to grow and improve. Leonard Sweet, in his book Giving Blood, seeks to inspire preachers and equip them with new tools to more effectively preach the truth of the Gospel in ways that leads to life transformation. Sweet uses the metaphor of blood to outline a new homiletic paradigm based on the concept of narraphor. Through out his text, Sweet proposes approaches to sermon preparation, delivery, and the problems faced by many preachers.
Kraft explores worldview functions in appendix A of “Christianity with Power.” He starts by overviewing worldview functions and universals. The four worldview functions are explaining, evaluating and validating, assigning and prioritizing commitments, interpreting, integrating, and adapting. The “explaining” function discusses how we, as a society, develop our picture of what REALITY looks like. The “evaluating and validating” function is to enable people to evaluate what goes on and around inside of them and validate common perceptions and behaviors. The “assigning and prioritizing commitments” function serves to enable us to sort out, arrange, and make different commitments, allegiances, or loyalties the the things we assume, value, and do.
Paton continually mentioned the importance of faith in this book and what it meant to each of the characters present. One of the main ideas in this novel was the journey Kumalo took in order to overcome the challenges he had faced. The obstacles he was presented with included finding his daughter and his son. When he had found his son, Absalom, he was in a time of hardships and looked to God for answers. Therefore, Kumalo and Absalom were two characters who were strongly impacted by faith and their relationships with God, which allowed them both to forgive and ask for forgiveness.
Basic Christianity is a crucial foundation that must be deeply entrenched within the hearts and minds of believers. The essential and basic principles aid every Christian by showing and teaching them how great God’s love is for us. In John Stott’s Book, “Basic Christianity,” he reveals insight on what it is to be a Christian. He also dispels many erroneous teachings that have been brought into the Christian community. Stott states in the beginning of his book that many have held the assumption that God sits on His throne, aloof, distant, and unconcerned for our needs and problems (Stott, pg.