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This Discussion will serve as the first of your interactions with the text and your classmates and will assist you in thinking through one of the prevailing worldviews in American culture. Christian Smith calls this “moralistic therapeutic deism.” After watching the presentation titled Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, respond to the following prompt:
Do you think Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is an accurate reflection of society today?
What are relevant examples you can provide that support your conclusion?
In your discussion, indicate to which of the points of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism you are responding throughout your post.
You will continue the previous discussion by considering the sacred/secular divide that is often seen within society today. After watching the presentation titled The Sacred/Secular Divide, interact with your classmates by discussing the following questions:
How does the tendency to push religion away from the public arena affect the Christian’s ability to engage culture?
What are the areas within your own life that depict the sacred/secular divide?
How can the sacred/secular divide be eliminated within your sphere of influence?
In your discussion, indicate to which of the points of the Sacred/Secular Divide you are responding throughout your post.
You will continue to expound upon your previous discussion by focusing on the importance of one’s intellectual understanding of a biblical worldview and how the Bible shapes your desires. After watching the video presentation titled Worship and the Biblical Worldview, continue the discussion by interacting with the following questions:
In what ways is it important to view a biblical worldview as affecting your desires?
Have you ever experienced a conflict between what you know and what you desire?
Examine some potential pitfalls in your worldview or even the worldview you see upheld around you. How would you propose overcoming it?
In your discussion, indicate to which of the points of Worship and the Biblical Worldview you are responding throughout your post.
In the final discussion interactions, you will further previous discussions by considering the impact the gospel has in shaping a Christian’s interaction with his/her culture.
How does a fuller view of the implications of the gospel affect how you live out your life?
How can you more effectively communicate the gospel as something that is not just about a point in time (i.e. a prayer for salvation), but also a life that is lived that reflects the gospel?