Adam Hamilton posted a couple weeks ago about a “Biblical Worldview.” He cites Dave Kinnaman’s work in unChristian, which discusses the Barna Group’s research finding which “showed only 4% of adults have a biblical worldview as the basis of their decision-making.”
Barna defines a “Biblical Worldview” in this way:
For the purposes of the research, a biblical worldview was defined as believing that absolute moral truths exist; that such truth is defined by the Bible; and firm belief in six specific religious views. Those views were that
- Jesus Christ lived a sinless life;
- God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He stills rules it today;
- salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned;
- Satan is real;
- a Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people;
- and the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.
Hamilton suggests the following additions to Barna’s list:
- There is a God who created all things, and in and by and for whom all things exist.
- Human beings struggle with sin.
- God desires justice, kindness and love.
- We are meant to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
- Jesus is God’s definitive Word to us – he is the clearest picture of the nature and character of God and of God’s will for our lives.
- Jesus, by his death and resurrection, brings salvation to the world.
- Human beings are meant to display sacrificial love.
- God, by his Holy Spirit, works in our hearts and lives.
- Jesus calls us to acknowledge the reign of God and to seek to invite others to acknowledge God’s reign and to live accordingly.
- This life is not all there is to our existence, but we have the hope of eternal life.
The thing that troubles me most about Barna’s list is that I get really concerned when middle -aged or older white American males start talking about moral absolutes. It almost always comes across as “my way or the highway” kind of stuff.
In fact, I’ll go this a step further. I shudder whenever I hear or read someone claim there is a Biblical Worldview. It almost always aligns almost exactly with the worldview of the speaker/writer.
What do you think? Is there a “biblical worldview”? is it yours?