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Looking at worldview

Does the church need to do some some serious study on the worldview of today’s generation.  An article by John Stonestreet at Breakpoint suggests so. The church today finds itself ministering in a cross-cultural context just as much as any missionary overseas.

Referring to a book by Christian Smith and Melinda Denton, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, Stonestreet suggests that we need to help today’s students figure out what Christianity is all about.  And he is referring to those with a church background! He suggests that the contemporary worldview battles today “are rooted in a basic disagreement of what it means to be and live as human.”

Today’s students enter a world of runaway biotechnology, postmodern social constructions of gender, virtual online identities, family redefinition, distorted understandings of beauty, and multiple sexual orientations, each of which fundamentally challenge our concept of humanness. Further, our culture has largely embraced Darwin, trivialized Scripture, and relativized truth, and has therefore left few stable resources to negotiate this corporate identity crisis.

He issues a challenge for us to work on clarifying definitions which in this post-modern age seems to be a bit tricky to say the least.  Stonestreet writes,  “Assuming that we share definitions, or that traditional definitions will go unquestioned, with the emerging generation is a mistake with significant consequences.”

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  1. March 3, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Interesting that you linked to this. I went to college with Stoney. He was a few years ahead of me, but we were definitely both Bible majors at Bryan at the same time. He was big into worldview studies even then. Of course, that’s what Bryan is known for. Interesting, indeed.

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