BUSINESS & WORLDVIEW
Kahlib J. Fischer, PhD © 2011
We understand that not all of our students are practicing Christians and who therefore may be uncomfortable providing a Biblical perspective in their assignments. On the other hand, most of our students are in fact practicing Christians, who may not have a fully developed Biblical worldview when it comes to understanding business concepts. We therefore hope that this document will achieve two goals:
1) Help students better understand the relevance and indeed the preeminence of Scripture and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in the realm of business; and 2) Provide useful and understandable points of application for leadership and business behavior, including the primary and secondary functions of business.
CHRISTIANITY AND THE WORLDVIEW TEST
A worldview is the intellectual, emotional, and perhaps even spiritual framework by which we apprehend reality and assign meaning to life. Everyone has a worldview; it may not be very developed, but nevertheless, everyone is approaching life based upon one. We believe that a worldview based upon Biblical truth is the most logically sound and meaningful approach to understanding and living life.
There are certain intellectual and philosophical criteria that can be used to test any worldview, and we want our students to understand how and why the Christian worldview uniquely meets those criterion and therefore passes the worldview “test” in the following ways: •
Epistemology (the study of what is true): God revealed through nature, his Word, and Christ, the Living Word of God; a worldview that starts with random chance or an impersonal, cosmic force does not have any place for a logical understanding of what is real or meaningful. There is no “meaning” behind anything; it is just random chance. Incidentally, if there is a God who reveals absolute truth, then we must reject the postmodern belief that all truth is relative and that absolutes do not exist (which is itself an absolute statement).
Ontology (the study of what it means to be human): we are made in God’s image, and Christ affirmed our value by becoming fully human and dying for us. Meanwhile, a worldview that starts with random chance or an impersonal, cosmic force does not have any place for humans who have free will or who can make meaningful choices; on the contrary, humans are merely a product of their physical-only environment or the forces of fate and/or fickle gods.
Axiology (the study of values): perfect love and justice were fulfilled in Christ’s sacrifice. On the other hand, a worldview that starts with random chance or an impersonal, cosmic force
does not have any place for values like love or justice since those things cannot exist in a physical-only world where there is constant change and randomness. A cosmic, universal “other” cannot articulate meaningful values since it is not sentient.
THE BIBLE: WHY DO WE USE IT?
We also want our students to understand why we hold the Bible as the ultimate source of truth. First of all, it bears witness to the God described above, whose character and creation pass the “worldview test”. Secondly, we take note that this collection of Biblical books was not “canonized” in an arbitrary or fickle manner: multiple authors over numerous time periods were used to convey a coherent message about a God who is triune, perfectly loving, and perfectly just. Moreover, the Bible was canonized in a democratic fashion, not by political or church fiat. Leaders wrestled with the usefulness of various books of the Bible by evaluating the core ideas in light of the message of the Gospel.
It was this process of working through what should be considered part of Holy Scripture that has lead us to the Bible we use today. We view the Bible to be inspired by God and inerrant in its message because it affirms the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bears testimony not only to his sacrificial work on the cross...
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