Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:30-3:00; other times by appointment
Office Location: B504 (FLA offices)
As an introduction to Christian Worldview, the course consists of three divisions: Theology, Bibliology, and Doctrine of God. The introductory material is about worldview in general terms, including its definition, necessity, elements, worldview in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities, the structure of its justification, and the distinctiveness of Christian worldview in special terms. Since Christian theology in its dogmatic system is the substance of the Christian worldview, students will be introduced to theology and its significance in building and shaping Christian worldview. The foundational role of the Holy Scripture for theology and worldview will also be explained in terms of its revelational characteristic in the context of its organic interrelationship with other organs of revelation, its infallibility, its historical reliability, its canonization, its interpretation, and its function as the epistemic principium for conveying the knowledge of God and creation. The knowledge of God, which is rooted in the Holy Scripture, as the substance of Christian understanding of all things, will be elaborated in terms of its possibility, its certainy, and its content. This consists of His existence, His being, His attributes: communicable and incommunicable, His Tri-unity, His decrees, and His works of creation and providence, and its metaphysical and epistemic implications.The main thrust of the elaboration is the knowledge of God that may lead to a deeper personal relationship with him for a better understanding and practice of his will.
General Instructional Objectives (GIO):
This course aims to introduce students to the understanding of Christianity as a worldview which is built upon the foundation of Reformed dogmatics and rooted in the Holy Scriptures as the only rule of faith and life. Then, standing on the ground of this worldview, they will be enabled to analyze and evaluate other worldviews, to affirm the truthfulness of Christian faith as the ultimate presupposition for the possibility of predication, and to engage in the transformation of spiritual, social, cultural, and intellectual life based on this comprehension. Objectives of the course include:
Must be Christian or Catholic. If not and you want to take this class, please sign a statement stating that you have registered for the class voluntarily.
Must have taken the Christian Religion course: Survey of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
1. Students must come on time. No more admission into class is allowed fifteen (15) minutes after the class session begins. Students arriving later will be marked absent.
2. Students must come in proper clothing and are not allowed to wear sandals.
3. Students must switch off ALL personal electronic devices during class (computers, tablets, phones, etc.). Students found using electronics in class will be dismissed, marked absent, and receive a 50% reduction in their KAT1 grade.
4. Students must attend 85% of classes or they CANNOT sit for the Final Exam.
5. Lecturers must give make-up assignments to students who leave classes by official appointment from the University to partake in national or international competitions on behalf of the University.
6. Students who engage in any form of cheating and plagiarism during exams or in performing their assignments will fail the course and cannot take the remedial exam. To be clear, plagiarism is absolutely unacceptable and will result in failing the course. (See plagiarism.org for information about what counts as plagiarism)
7. Remedial exams may be given to students with a final F mark on the condition that he/she meets the required 85% of minimum attendance. The highest mark that a student can obtain after remedial exams is C-.
8. Make-up exams may be held for students who fall ill or mourn the death of a member of his/her core family on the examination day, provided that the student can authenticate it with a piece of administrative evidence, such the original copy of medical (laboratory) examination reports, hospitalization, or death attestation from the authorities with an original stamp mark, together with an attestation letter from the student’s parents.
9. Students are expected to bring a paper (soft-copy) Bible to EVERY CLASS SESSION. Electronic Bibles are not permitted. Students must also bring appropriate materials for note-taking and class assignments. "Preparedness" is part of the KAT 1 score.
10. Late assignments will receive a reduction of 5% for each day that it is late. No assignments are accepted after final exam week.
11. Students returning late from the course break will be marked absent.
12. Students who cannot attend classes because they become the victims of natural disaster and other force majeure will still be considered present and able to attend make-up exam after presenting administrative evidences in the form of official statement from authorities with an original stamp mark, photo, and attestation letter from the students’ parents.
KAT 1: Quiz/participation/Notebooks (e.g. course registration) 10%
KAT 2: Chapel Attendance + Reflection paper (5x) 10%
KAT 3: Community Service + individual reflection 15%
Mid Semester 20%
Final Exam 45%
Textbooks for Students
David C. Nauggle, Worldview: A History Concept, Publisher: William B. Eermans Publishing Company.
Ronald H. Nash, Faith and Reason, Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House.
Abraham Kuyper, Lectures on Calvinism, Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
For Theology, Bibliology, and Theology Proper (Doctrine of God):
Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology, Publisher: Baker Academics.
Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology (New Combine Edition 1996), Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
R. C. Sproul, Knowing Scripture (2nd Edition), Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read The Bible for All Its Worth, Publisher: Zondervan