Biblical Worldview Curriculum

Everyone has a worldview. It is, of course, how a person views the world.

A worldview consists of the core values and commitments a person has, which in turn influence all the rest of one’s beliefs and behaviors. Your worldview is what you use to evaluate the world around you and to make decisions about what you do.

But all worldviews are not equal. Conflicting worldviews cannot both be true; Christianity and non-Christianity cannot both be ultimately right. The worldview a person has really does matter because having a wrong worldview can have terrible consequences.

The biblical worldview is about viewing all of life the way God wants us to view it, the way God has communicated about life to us in the Bible. The biblical worldview can be summarized in a few sentences that simply reflect the basic Gospel message.

  • God created the whole universe and everyone in it is ultimately accountable to Him (Gen. 1–2; Acts 17:24–27; Col. 1:16,17; Rom. 1:20). As Creator of the world, God knows all things and how life is to be best viewed and lived (Isa. 46:9–10; Heb. 4:13).
  • People are valuable creatures of relationship because they are created in God's image (Gen. 1:26–27; cf. Gen. 9:6; James 3:9).
  • But we have chosen to sin against God and consequently are separated from God and our sinfulness harmfully affects all areas of our lives (Rom. 3:10–20).
  • Nevertheless, God mercifully sent His Son Jesus Christ—the perfect image of God—to restore humans to God's image by dying on our behalf and rising again from the dead (Rom. 5:8; 6:8–10). A new relationship is established with God by faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9–13; 2 Cor. 5:17) and the new life affects not only the person's eternal destiny but also the person's choices here and now (Rom. 6:1–23).

A worldview affects everything about a person’s life. The biblical worldview is about viewing everything—our friendships, careers, property, environment, interaction, ultimate responsibilities, even our homework—the way God views it and talks about it in Scripture.

The Core – Academic Requirements

Northwestern has outlined its core curriculum, “The Core”—the basics of all learning for all of its programs—in terms of helping students improve their understanding of God and His view of the world.

The Core—Northwestern’s Biblical Worldview Core Curriculum (64–68 credits)—has three emphases:

  • Foundation Courses  focus on establishing the origin, nature and significance of a biblical worldview and developing oral and written communication skills.
  • Exploration Courses  explore a variety of academic disciplines through a biblical worldview
  • Immersion Courses  probe the depths of a biblical worldview

Transfer students must meet proportional core curriculum requirements.