As we celebrate the July release of Worldview Academy faculty member Mark Bertrand’s latest novel, Pattern of Wounds, Radio Worldview host Jeff Baldwin sits down with Mark to find out more. To get listeners up to speed, they begin with his first crime novel, Back on Murder, and then turn to the sequel. Throughout the discussion, they focus on the special problem faced by Christian writers: how can you write a book consistent with your worldview while avoiding preaching and pedantry? Eventually they get down to specifics: isn’t it even harder to write a Christian novel about a serial killer?
Monthly archives for July, 2011
Finally! In this episode, Radio Worldview hosts Bill Jack and Jeff Baldwin reach the end of their series about what education is not. (Of course, Bill and Jeff still find time for an episode of “Roadkill Cafe,” but at least they stay on topic for most of the rest of the show.) Their discussion centers around the fourth thing education is not: a danger to the Christian’s faith. Although the modern church often adopts a stance of anti-intellectualism in a mistaken effort to protect Christians from scrutinizing what they believe, thoughtful Christians understand that, in a reality where Christ calls Himself “the Truth,” we have nothing to fear from closely examining our worldview. Thinking hard will not jeopardize your faith — it will galvanize it.
In this second installment of our three-part series, hosts Jeff and Bill talk about two more of the predominant myths about education: (1) Education is a means to an end; and (2) Education is an ivory tower pursuit. Properly understood, education for Christians is an end in itself — part of the lifelong process of sanctification. In addition, because ideas have consequences, a biblical view of education assumes that students are seeking to embrace scriptural ideas to manifest good consequences in history. Such an approach is eminently practical, much more so than flailing around ignorantly and hoping to stumble upon good results.