Crafting one’s Christian worldview is a lifelong journey that can occasion intellectual stimulation superseded only by immersing the mind and heart in Scripture study and meditation. I have learned much from this collection of resources; I commend them to you for prayerful study. Of course there are other helpful texts. Caution: there are both science and Christian materials on this topic that are more like propaganda than reasoned analysis. Seek out material that broadens your understanding from the perspectives of Scripture, church tradition, reason and your experience of God.
Clarifying one’s worldview is essential for the transformative evaluator who believes in being Christian first and evaluator second. The attached file emerged as I clarified my worldview. Currently I am reading several texts that may lead to further clarification, perhaps revision. I encourage you to spend a significant amount of time doing something similar.
The focus of the document is an examination of major scientific concepts related to evaluation work from a Christian perspective. I welcome suggestions and challenges.
Click LINK Worldview in Evaluation
Click category Worldview at the right for other worldview posts.
The more reading I do about worldview, the more convinced I am that it is the most important knowledge to guide a Christian program evaluator.
Steve Wilkens and Mark L. Sanford, Hidden Worldviews, IVP Academic, 2009, describe a lived worldview as a group of answers to ultimate questions about reality (p. 209).
- What is the nature of being? As a human being what is my purpose?
- What is the nature of knowledge? How do we know anything? What is true knowledge?
- What values are primary? How do values guide my everyday living? What is good; what is evil?
The Christian approach to any field of knowledge needs to be both critical and constructive: “we must identify and critique the dominant intellectual idols, and then construct biblically based alternatives (Pearcey, 2005, p. 42).” Take heed, Christian evaluators, and take action!
Pearcey describes a frame for building a Christian worldview (Pearcey, 2005, pp. 44-49). The frame is based on three turning points in biblical history plus the way forward. This post introduces the frame that is guiding my development of a theory for transformative evaluation. Click here → WorldviewFrame