Brad Alles

Dr. Alles is an Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University Nebraska, his Master’s degree in Christian education from Concordia University Chicago, and his Ed.D in Leadership, Innovation, and Continuous Improvement from Concordia University Wisconsin.

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Testing worldviews (Part 3)

A third test for a worldview is whether it is useful or relevant in life. A Secular Humanist may state that there are no gods, no life after death, no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will. Since these implications stem from evolution—that the universe came about all by [&hellip

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Testing worldviews (Part 2)

A second test for a worldview is that it doesn’t have contradictions. If something is logically inconsistent, it cannot be true. Refer to the dictionary definition of truth: “conformity to knowledge, fact, actuality, or logic.” For example, you can’t be a married bachelor. Or take Secular Humanism’s stance on ethics, or how to behave, which [&hellip

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Testing worldviews (Part 1)

People can believe whatever they want, but that doesn’t make it true. I can believe that I can fly, but when I fall off the roof instead of zooming through the sky, the truth (and the ground) smacks me in the face. So it is with worldviews. You can believe what you want—but is it [&hellip

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Worldview basics (Part 3)

Let’s conclude the explanation of worldview components.  All worldviews have to answer fundamental questions. These are questions that all people ponder—issues that are universal to all humans. The questions that all want answered are: Where did we come from? Why are we here? What can we do about evil and suffering? And what happens when [&hellip

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Worldview basics (Part 2)

What is right and wrong?  How do we decide?  Is there anything wrong with anything?  As we continue to examine worldview components, we come upon their ethical stance.  All worldviews have beliefs about how to live. Recall that according to atheism, no God exists. Furthermore, Secular Humanism believes that there is no supernatural realm, just [&hellip

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Worldview basics (Part 1)

A worldview is the truth claims that explain the world and reality. It helps people make sense of the world, like a map, so they can navigate through life. The worldview will tell them what is real, how to live, and answer basic questions. For example, Christianity teaches that God exists, that faith in Jesus [&hellip

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How to defend the faith (Part 2)

When I wrote earlier about defending the Christian faith, I mentioned that what we say (content) is important, but so is how we say it (delivery). Here is a good tactic: ask questions.  For instance, when issues come up, ask, “What do you mean by that?”  Or, “How do you know that to be true?”  [&hellip

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How to defend the faith (Part 1)

Apologetics is defending beliefs and actions. As Christians defend the faith, explaining why we believe in Jesus as Savior, what we say is important—the content of our apologetics must be solid. We must know the facts and be armed with knowledge. However, that is just one part of the defense. The other part of the [&hellip

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Apologetics Introduced

Christians believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world, the promised Messiah.  Are you a Christian?  If someone asked you why you were a Christian, what would you say? Would you say that you’re a Christian because you were raised that way, or would you say you’re a Christian because you “just believe it”? [&hellip

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Which Worldview “Map” is Correct? (Part 2)

You can see that to understand the times and witness effectively, we must understand worldviews.  But it is also imperative that we answer the ultimate question, “Is Christianity the right religion?”  That’s the key to testing any worldview: answering the query, “Is this true?” People can believe whatever they want, but that doesn’t make it [&hellip

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