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Dr. Christian Overman's distance-learning course, Increase Meaning: A Wholistic Approach to Christian Education, may be taken for 5 graduate-level university credits (quarter, not semester) through Seattle Pacific University, or without college credit directly through Worldview Matters.

 

Course Objectives and Anticipated Outcomes:

 

1. Learners will make relevant connections between academic subjects and the “bigger picture” of a biblical worldview, thus enabling students to grasp a higher sense of meaning and purpose in all academic learning.

 

2. Learners will provide students with practical tools that will enable them to connect their own daily activities and academic learning with the “bigger picture” of a biblical worldview, both in and out of the classroom setting.

 

3. Learners will distinguish the biblical worldview from other views of reality, gaining insights and discernment, and pass on this skill to students.

 

4. Learners will equip students to engage in the Cultural Mandate of Gen. 1:26-28, and assist students in making intentional connections between all academic knowledge and that Mandate.

 

5. Learners will to include “Theology of Work” within their standard school curriculum, with age-appropriate instruction.

 

6. Learners will show evidence of thinking "contextually" according to a biblical worldview—and training students to do the same.

 

 

Requirements:

 

a) View twelve lectures online (recorded for viewing at the student’s convenience).

 

b) Read the following books and articles: Assumptions That Affect Our Lives, by Christian Overman; LifeWork, by Darrow L. Miller; “Calvin and Geneva: Nation-Building Missions”, by Thomas A. Bloomer, and “A Church Without A View: Jonathan Edwards And Our Current Lifeview Discipleship Crisis,” by David Scott.

 

c) Write four “reflection and response” papers (one for each of the books/articles listed above), identifying aspects of the book/article that were especially meaningful.

 

d) Submit the following evidences of understanding analytical concepts taught in this course: a comparative worldview analysis of a film or TV program using the “Truth and Baloney Detector” introduced in this course; a document that determines alignment between the learner’s work as an educator and the bigger picture of a biblical worldview, using the “DADI Plan” template introduced in this course.

 

e) Participate in the following: teach a group of students, peers, or parents of students how to use the “Truth and Baloney Detector;” teach a lesson that makes relevant connections between academic subject matter and the “bigger picture” of a biblical worldview; teach a lesson on how to make ntentional alignments between the biblical worldview and either academic or non-academic activities; teach a group of students, peers, or parents a lesson that incorporates concepts of theology of work; complete a short vocation-related Bible study on the topic of “education or a vocation of choice.