Biblical Worldview Essay Instructions
The purpose of the assignment is to compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview. Millard Erickson sets forth various interpretations of humanity in Chapter 17 (a machine, an animal, a pawn of the universe). These various interpretations set the understanding of humanity into a different worldview. The issues of origin, purpose, worth and destiny are differently understood in interpretation. Set forth an alternative understanding of humanity using these various alternative theories of humanity, or others of your choosing. The biblical understanding of humanity has a special understanding of origin, purpose, worth and destiny. The Christian interpreter must be able to clearly articulate this understanding. This assignment will not only set forth the Christian understanding of humanity, but will also show how it is different/similar to other interpretations of humanity.
For this assignment, you must write an 800–1,000-word essay addressing the following prompt:
Compare and contrast the biblical understanding of humanity with at least 2 other competing theories.
1. Explain 2 alternative theories of humanity (see Erickson chapter 17 for ideas).
2. Classify major thinkers or schools of thought that embrace these various views of humanity.
3. Explain the biblical view of humanity and provide a comprehensive picture of the major contours of Christian thought in regard to humanity. Make sure that the Bible and influential Christian theologians are referenced in your summary.
4. Compare and contrast these alternative conceptions of humanity with the biblical conception. Reveal areas of comparison and areas of tension or disagreement. You must include at least 1 area of agreement and 1 area of disagreement between the biblical and alternative theories.
5. Use current Turabian format (or whichever style corresponds to your degree program).
Submit your Biblical Worldview Essay by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Wee