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When I Say "Christian Worldview," I Have Something Specific in Mind
Gary North

There are a lot of publishers that promote their curriculum materials with the phrase, "Christian worldview." But when you try to find out exactly what this is, things get vague. I am not vague.

Every worldview is based on a covenant model. The Bible offers the biblical covenant model. It has five points.

1. God
2. Man
3. Law
4. Sanctions
5. Time

I have summarized these five points in a series of questions.

1. Who's in charge here?
2. To whom do I report?
3. What are the rules?
4. What do I get if I obey? Disobey?
5. Does this outfit have a future?

For an easy-to-read book on the five-point biblical covenant model, download this free book: That You May Prosper. I have written a book on these five points: Unconditional Surrender: God's Program for Victory.

This five-point model governs the first five books of the Bible.

1. Genesis. This is the book of origins. It begins with God: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). God owns the universe, because He created it. He sustains it: the doctrine of providence.

2. Exodus. This is the book of God's covenant with Israel. "And he took the book pf the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said, we will do" (Ex. 24:8). It is structured in terms of the five points.

3. Leviticus. This is the book of the Mosaic laws of sacrifice and other laws. It is divided into two sets of the five points.

4. Numbers. This is the book of God's sanctions in history. The people of Israel refused to invade the land in the first two years of the exodus (Num. 14). They did 38 years later. But, first, they conquered cities outside the Promised Land (Num. 31-36).

5. Deuteronomy. This is the book of the generation of the inheritance -- Joshua's generation -- that conquered the Promised Land. It is structured in terms of the five points.

Just for the record, I have written 16 volumes of commentaries on the first five books, dealing only with passages dealing with the laws of economics. There is a lot of material.

Year by year, this curriculum moves toward a study of the kingdom of God vs. the kingdom of self-proclaimed autonomous man (humanism). There is no neutrality.

Every society has a covenant. Every society reflects its five point affirmation of who its god is, what role man plays, what the laws are or ought to be, what governs the imposition of sanctions -- positive and negative -- and where society and the world are headed.

Any curriculum that does not teach students how to recognize the war among rival covenantal worldviews does not teach from a self-conscious worldview, Christian or otherwise.

Here is the governing statement of faith for this site's materials.

1.The Trinitarian God of the Bible -- three persons constituting one God -- created the universe in six 24-hour days.

2. God placed mankind under a covenant to exercise dominion over the world as God's stewards, made in God's image (Gen. 1:26-28). He placed mankind under a covenant of works: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Mankind's two representatives broke this covenant. Men always represent either God's kingdom or Satan's kingdom in men's rival historical kingdoms. Jesus Christ redeemed the world and His people representatively through His perfect life, followed by His substitutionary death, resurrection, and ascension.

3. God has revealed His covenantal laws to mankind in the Bible. These laws govern man and his institutions. The world is governed by providential laws that men can discover because they are made in God's image.

4. God brings sanctions in history and eternity. These sanctions reflect God's ethical requirements and nature's finitude. The processes of history are neither autonomous nor random in their outcome.

5. History develops in terms of the war between two rival kingdoms, the kingdom of God vs. the kingdom of covenant-breaking man.

This framework becomes clearer in the curriculum as the grade level rises.

The #1 goal of this curriculum is for each high school graduate to be able to analyze any society, past or present, in terms of its covenant model: how this model structured its politics, its economics, its art, its literature, and its science and technology.

Before deciding on a curriculum, get an answer in writing from the seller regarding (1) the worldview that governs all of its courses; (2) its #1 goal for its graduates. Do not accept verbal mumbling or written vagueness, both of which indicate that the curriculum's designers had no systematic worldview and also no explicit goal for its users.


What a Seriously Christian Curriculum Should Be: Christian, not Humanist
Gary North
As I keep writing, the classical Christian curriculum is not Christian. We need a Christian curriculum. . . . keep reading
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