Biblical Worldview: The Importance of Christian Higher Education

Grace Bible College Online Degree ProgramsQ & A with Michael Stowell
Vice President, Adult and Online Education
Grace Bible College

Why is a Biblical Worldview important in today’s society?

According to a series of surveys conducted by the Barna Research Groups, they have determined only nine percent of Americans have a Biblical worldview.   Even more disturbing, the study discovered that those labeled “born again Christians,” were only twice as likely as the average adult to possess a Biblical worldview.  That meant that even among born again Christians, less than one out of every five (19%) had such an outlook on life.[1]    The lack of a Biblical worldview and people embracing a secular worldview is causing devastating results; broken families, failed leaders, unethical businesses, and the list goes on.  For Christians to be effective, it is important to understand worldview so that we can grow in our commitment to the truth and so that we can impact for Christ in a positive way those we interact with in our spheres of influence.

How does Christian education affect the Biblical worldview?  How are the two related?

Biblical worldview integrated into education is what makes education “Christian education”.  A Biblical worldview is based on the Word of God. When you believe that the Bible is entirely true, and it is the foundation of everything you say and do, that is your worldview, and it is a Biblical one.  That means, for instance, you take seriously the mandate in Romans 13 to honor the governing authorities by obeying the law, submitting to your supervisor at the workplace, etc.  Here is the big problem. Non-biblical worldview ideas don’t just sit in a book somewhere waiting for people to examine them. They bombard us constantly from television, film, music, newspapers, magazine, books and academia. Because we live in a selfish, fallen world, these ideas seductively appeal to our flesh, and we often end up incorporating them into our personal worldview — often without even knowing it.  So in Christian education we are renewing the student’s mind in all the disciplines by providing a Biblical worldview throughout their education experience.

What is Grace Bible College’s approach to providing a Biblical worldview (or Christian education) through the Adult and Online Studies programs?

The key is if it is properly integrated through all the disciplines.  The task of integrating Biblical worldview in the classroom is the essence of the Christian scholar’s calling.  The three essential elements of Christian worldview integration at the course level are: (1) the ability to connect the course material to the student’s spiritual formation (personal integration), that is, it should contribute to the student’s embrace of Jesus as Lord over all things; (2) how the course material contributes to the student’s Christian belief structure, and (3) how the course contributes to the student’s deeper understanding of how knowledge is discovered within the discipline, and in what ways Christianity contributes to the dialogue about the discovery of knowledge in that discipline.[2]  At Grace Bible College, we take seriously the fact that our curriculum is written with a distinctly Biblical worldview, and that our faculty receives training in Biblical worldview.

Why should a working adult consider a Christian online studies program in their pursuit to earn a degree?

First, because it is tailor made for adults; you can complete your degree one night a week on-site or you can do it online working around your busy schedule (all you need is a computer and a connection to the internet), you do not have to relocate or quit your job to attend college the traditional way, our program has a low cost tuition with financial aid available, and we are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission so you can transfer earned credit to any college or university in the country.  It takes approximately two years to complete an associate degree and about a year and a half to complete the bachelors.  We accept prior life-long learning experience for credits toward your degree.  Also, we are excited to announce that we will be offering, in early 2012, a new business degree program.


[2] An excerpt from a presentation presented by J.P. Moreland to the faculty at Cornerstone University during faculty workdays, August 2007