The Work Of Cosgrove's Theory Of A Christian Worldview

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When one thinks of a worldview, they often realize that it is “a set of concepts that assembles everything else we believe into a coherent whole.” (Taylor Notes, p. 1)There are many different world views that have become prominent throughout our society. One that is the most prominent is the idea of a Christian Worldview. This proclaims how to think Christianly while leaving within the aspects of the world. (Taylor Notes, p.1) By obtaining a Christian worldview, one demonstrates that they are the students whom defy the odds in order to demonstrate the gospel of Jesus and His love for one another. They often demonstrate this through their livelihood and the decisions that allowed for them to follow the path that God has laid out for them. This …show more content…
The first model, that Cosgrove introduces is the Sole Authority Model. This model states that faith stands against learning. It “…believes that the Bible is God’s trustworthy revelation to us and contains all we need to know to live our lives, share the gospel, and protect ourselves from sinful elements in our cultures.” (p. 55) This proclaims that in order for one to actuarially share the gospel of Jesus Christ, one must believe that the Bible is what allows us to understand everything that takes place within our world. Whereas this model is different that the other models, we as Christians realize that it is different because of its sole reliance upon the Bible. It is different from the second model, the Separate Authorities Model which proclaims that faith and learning are “…complementary sources of truth.” (p. 56) By this revelation, Christians realize that the concepts of the Bible run parallel to the concepts of the world and rely upon this parallel in order to sustain theirselves. The third is the Equal Authorities Model. This model proclaims that “…there is overlap between the content of the Bible and the content of the academic subject area.” (p. 57) This allows for one to accurately rely upon the teaching of the Bible to guide the teachings of the world, while not totally remaining to those of the Bible. Finally, the …show more content…
I called upon my college advisor, Dr. Downs, to inform me on better ways of integrating faith and learning. Through a series of questions, Dr. Downs advised me that the best advice is for me to look at my studies as a story that allows me to dig deep and find myself while also demonstrating to others how to do the same thing. Dr. Downs also reinstated to me that I must always rely upon a Faith-Learning Integration model when approaching the classroom. He proclaims that the best model that works for him is the Equal Authorities Model as he states: “This model proclaims that it is through the Bible and the general knowledge works that allow for historians to demonstrate equal authority between their beliefs and their general works.” Finally, Dr. Downs informed me of two prominent resources that I can look back to to understand how others were able to important their Christian faith into their major, just as I am. The first way was through the book by Ronald Wells “History and the Christian Historian”. This collection of essays “…are impressive testimony to a broad-based effort among Christian historians to explore the complex interrelationship between religious conviction and appropriately professional, responsible historical investigation.” (McKenzie, p.

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