Defining Worldview

The Bryan Center for Critical Thought & Practice will hold its first symposium of the fall September 25-27, 2005. 

Today, a Christian sharing something from Scripture is often met with the response, "Well, that's your truth; I have my own truth."  If there is indeed "your truth and my truth," then how can there be anything which can even remotely be called Truth? Honest debate is demanded.  Unfortunately, far too many Christians are willing to retreat into their private worship cells to avoid debate. In effect, we say to the world, "you have your view of the world and I have mine. Let's just try to get along."
In his forward to Nancy Pearcey's recent book on this topic (Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity) Philip Johnson writes: "It would be an understatement to say that worldview is an important topic. I would rather say that understanding how worldviews are formed, and how they guide or confine thought, is the essential step to understanding everything else. Put simply, our worldview is the window by which we view the world, and decide, often subconsciously, what is real and important, or unreal and unimportant."
What is "True Truth," not just in the realm of faith but in all things? Facing this issue is the aim of this seminar. Several perspectives, not all in agreement, will be offered and debated. We invite you to be with us and join in the discussion.

  • Nancy Pearcey is author of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity, which in 2005, won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award in the Christianity and Society category. She served as managing editor of the science journal Origins & Design, and as a commentator for Public Square Radio.      
  • Dr. James Olthius is emeritus professor of philosophy and religion at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada. His academic work concentrates on philosophical anthropology, hermeneutics, ethics and psychotherapy. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly publications on a variety of subjects, especially philosophical anthropology, postmodern philosophy, hermeneutics and psychotherapy.     
  • Dr. David Noebel, president of Summit Ministries, is author of Understanding the Times: The Religious Worldviews of Our Day and the Search for Truth, a foundational work in the area of worldview studies. He has been a college president and is a prolific author and public speaker.    
  • Dr. David Naugle is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University and director of the Paideia College Society the purpose of which is to educate students into their true nature as the image of God. Dr. Naugle serves as a fellow for the Wilberforce Forum, the Christian worldview think tank sponsored by Prison Fellowship in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Worldview: The History of a Concept (Eerdmans 2002),which was selected by Christianity Today as the 2003 book of the year in the theology and ethics category.
  • Dr. Paul Boling has served at Bryan College since 1995. He is the chairman of the Christian Studies division and head of the department of Christian Thought and Philosophy. Dr. Boling also teaches in the adult degree completion and MBA programs. He is a member of and contributor to several professional societies and he also serves as the medical ethics consultant at a local hospital. Dr. Boling speaks frequently at conferences and retreats in the area of philosophy, ethics, and biblical truth. Dr. Boling has published numerous book reviews in academic and popular journals, and he is a published musician. 

Event Schedule

Sunday, September 25, 2005

8:00 p.m. Nancy Pearcey "Developing the Proper Worldview Through Total Truth."

Monday, September 26, 2005

4:00 p.m. Dr. James Olthuis "On Worldviewing: Visions of/for the World."

8:00 pm. Dr. David Noebel "What Does Worldview Mean?"

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

4:00 p.m. Dr. David Naugle "How the Church Lost Her Story and What She Can Do to Get it Back: Helping Congregations Develop a Biblical Worldview."

8:00 p.m. Dr. Paul Boling "Is There Anything in that Cave?"
Seminars will be presented in Rudd Auditorium. For additional information, call 423-775-7201. All lectures are free and open to the public.