Civic and Global Engagement/Diversity/Worldview Reflection Instructions
Civic and global engagement involves the ability to engage local, national, and global structures as an informed follower of Christ. This requires one to have an understanding of a Biblical Worldview, as well as be able to decipher that view from secular worldviews in the areas of cultural, political, economic, and industrial fields. To impact any of these areas one must effectively engage with people of diverse backgrounds. To this avail, students will script an essay which demonstrates this understanding.
First, students should review “What is a Biblical worldview” in Chapter 0 Introduction: Getting Started [you may recall that a direct link to this Chapter was listed in Module 1’s reading folder, if needed) and the view the Module presentations on worldview and diversity. You should also read Chapter 8 on diversity.
Note- Students will see quite a few connections between Biblical worldview and diversity- i.e. God created the entire earth and everything living. He made all of us in His image. We are all decendants of Adam and Eve, but have unique differences. We are all sinners, regardless of demographics. God reveals Himself through the Word, and has sent us diverse prophets. We are to love one another without exclusions. We are charged to go out to all nations. And, so on.
Next, students should script a 300-400 word reflection essay using the below provided outline. The reflection should follow the traditional, academic essay format (introduction, three body paragraphs, conclusion).
Note- The textbook defines Biblical worldview as a framework of beliefs that dictate how you act and interact in the world. It is a means in which you see the world through the lens of the Bible.
The reflection will be graded on (a) a brief introduction/overview and a summative, reflective conclusion; (b) three well-written body paragraphs that answer the below provided questions; and (c) word count and mechanics such as clarity, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Students should view the grading rubric before beginning the assignment.
- A brief introducation (25-50 words) that overviews the essay.
- Part 1/Paragraph 1 (75-100 words):
- Using Chapter 0 Introduction and presentation,students should answer these questions: (a) how would you define a Biblical worldview; (b) what is the foundation/authority of a Biblical worldview?; and (c) how could a Liberty University student go about developing a stronger Biblical worldview outside of class during their college experience?
- Part 2/Paragraph 2 (75-100 words):
- Students should reflect how a worldview impacts life: (a) what is your purpose in life as a believer/follower of Christ?; (b) what are some of your goals in school or in life; (c) how could having a Biblical worldview affect those goals?; and (d) how does having a Biblical worldview shape your purpose for pursuing education?
- Part 3/Paragraph 3 (75-100 words):
- Using the video “Diversity at Liberty University”, students should reflect on these questions: (a) what is a culture?; (b) how can we work together with people from different cultures?; (c) how could having a Biblical worldview propel us into the world as Kingdom ambassadors to all ‘tribes and people and languages’ (Rev 7:9)?; and (d) How can we effectively engage others?
- A brief summary and reflective conclusion (25-50 words) that explains what the student learned about their own worldview from the textbook reading, watching the videos, and completing the assignment.
Submit this reflection essay by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday at the end of Module/Week 6.