In today’s special episode, the 100th episode of the show(!!), the guys welcome back special guest Emilio Ramos for a third conversation! This discussion is the broadest of the three, and it focuses on Christian worldview and how to strengthen it. To get things going, the guys first consider what worldview is, focusing on a definition from Got Questions: “A worldview refers to a comprehensive conception of the world from a specific standpoint,” and it is a person’s big picture and way of both understanding reality and making decisions. Emilio explains how a significant worldview issue among Christians today is that they leave eschatology out of their worldview formulations. They think of eschatology, or the study of the last things, in terms of apocalyptic predictions and church debates, relegating it to the sidelines of their lives. In reality, eschatology is central to the Bible’s storyline, and is present from the very beginning in the hope that God will bring all things to a beautiful redemptive culmination. Eschatology, and our theology more broadly, the guys urge, has everything to do with how we live now!
Of course, factors other than theological misconception oppose the Christian worldview. As people living in the world, Christians must immerse themselves in Scripture to curb the influence of the world on their worldviews. The guys revel in the sufficiency of the Bible as the standard to build our lives on, and work through dangers of modernism, a gnostic dismissal of the present world, the deeply self-refuting “worldview” of atheism, and the problems of process theology. They explain how people can be boiled down in terms of worldview to Christian theists and practical atheists, and how the three absolutes of truth, goodness and beauty – central pieces of worldview – require something transcendent to define them. A biblical worldview is grounded in the fear of God, and it has its start with the miracle of regeneration, when a person is given a new heart and desires. As the conversation wraps up, the guys offer insight on drawing non-Christians toward the true worldview of Christianity, sharpening one’s own worldview as a believer, and helping to train up children in a biblical worldview.