Do Christians Have a Worldview?
He took the blade. It was bright silver. He loved the way it glistened. It felt good in his hand. He cut deep into her chest again and again. He showed no emotion, no recognition of her humanity. She lay motionless, her life gone. He made no attempt to cover the body. Later that night over a beer he openly talked to a stranger in the bar about what he had done. The stranger felt ill….
What are we to make of this? Should someone have called 911? Should he have been arrested? Is this a Hannibal Lecter story? It all depends. To make sense of it, this narrative fragment needs placing in a larger picture or frame of reference. Frames of reference are keys to reading the world of our experience. Examine how to assess frames of references like postmodernism and discover what makes a worldview Christian.
Graham A. Cole is Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He earned his ThD at Australian College of Theology and spent several years as a professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. An ordained Anglican minister, Dr. Cole has served in two parishes and has contributed to numerous theological journals, dictionaries, and books, including Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture (Crossway, 2012). He is also the author He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Crossway, 2007) and The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (IVP Academic, 2013).