Renton Rathbun | Episode 011

Reality War: The Importance of a Biblical Worldview

episode description

We often think a biblical worldview is based on biblical assumptions, ideas, and beliefs that are from our own stories. But it doesn’t start with us. It starts with God. How has God explained the world to us? In this compelling discussion about the reality war we are in, Renton Rathbun asks the important question, “Are your children ready? Do they have a biblical worldview so grounded that they can stand firm in their faith?"

About the guest

Renton Rathbun has been a classroom teacher for over two decades. His teaching experience has included both secular and Christian institutions ranging from high school to college. He and his wife homeschooled their son, Daniel, who is now in college. Renton has spoken for homeschool venues such as the Foundations Summit, the Canadian Homeschool Symposium, Teach Them Diligently, the Great Homeschool Convention, and others. Renton holds a BS in English Education and an MA in interpretative speech from Bob Jones University. He has also received an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, an MA in philosophy from the University of Toledo, a ThM from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and has a PhD in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. Renton is presently the director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at Bob Jones University as well as a Biblical Worldview National Consultant at BJU Press.

Things you'll learn from this episode

  • A biblical worldview can be defined as the beliefs, values, and assumptions that stem from a big story about the world. The big story is where worldview comes in. Is the big story that everything just came about by random chance? Or is our big story that the God of the Bible is true? What is the big story that runs through our heads that makes sense of the world?
  • A biblical worldview encompasses the choices we make on a daily basis, and it also encompasses how we view academics, which is so important when we teach our children.
  • Biblical worldview shaping demonstrates that there is no subject area that has its own history, its own context, that is separated from God’s Word. Each subject begins in God’s Word and is shaped by God’s Word.
  • Students are taught that through their different professions they can love their neighbors and their culture by providing answers and providing jobs. Service is an important part of our biblical worldview. 
  • Homeschooling gives you one of the best chances you’re going to have of being the primary influencer of your children, using a curriculum that helps them see what reality really is.

Mentioned in this episode


At BJU Press Homeschool, we’re committed to providing children an education from a biblical worldview that is academically sound and challenges them to advance, think critically, and live like Christ. This type of education is not often possible in public schools because of the number of children taught in a classroom, a difference in worldview, and peer and societal pressure to conform. Homeschooling allows parents to instruct and disciple their children without daily fighting messages from an opposing worldview taught in the classroom. And with tuition costs and fees for private schooling or tutoring, homeschooling may be the only option for parents who are concerned for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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