Brad Alles

Brad Alles is an Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in education, and received his Master’s degree in Christian education from Concordia University Chicago.

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Can a worldview be useful but not true?

I read a blog from Chuch Colson at BreakPoint that fits perfectly into the question of whether a worldview is true or not.  There is an atheist who argues that even though Christianity may not be true it is useful for a good society.  Read the blog “Fillet of Faith” http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry

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How to test a worldview (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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What fundamental questions do worldviews answer?

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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Do worldview maps show you right & wrong?

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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What does the worldview map show?

Let’s continue to discuss the components of a worldview. All worldviews have beliefs about reality and the source of everything. Another term for this is a philosophy. Some believe in naturalism—the belief that reality is only comprised of matter, or natural things, with no supernatural realm. Everything that exists is just what we see in [&hellip

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Where does the worldview map start?

Continuing from the last blog about worldviews: If a worldview is the truth claims that explain the world and reality, like a map, what are these specific claims? First, all begin with religious or philosophical assumptions—even if they claim not to. If we do not grasp this fact, we miss a key witnessing opportunity when [&hellip

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What is a worldview?

If you want to defend the Christian faith to anyone, whether they are a Muslim or an atheist, you need to understand their worldview. 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 [&hellip

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Does suffering prove that God doesn’t exist?

Earlier I wrote about how the Liam Neeson film The Grey is an atheist parable showing that suffering proves that God doesn’t exist.  This week the high school where I teach, Milwaukee Lutheran, experienced incredible suffering–one of our sophomores died in her sleep. This girl, an active dance squad and track team member, went to bed and [&hellip

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Defending the faith–how to do it (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).  I read a blog recently by John Stonestreet that spoke to that very issue.  (“Against the World, Part 2” http://www.summit.org/blogs/the-point/against-the-world-part-2/ ) Besides what Mr. Stonestreet suggests, may I suggest another [&hellip

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Defending the faith at the movies

Yesterday I read an interesting blog reviewing the new Liam Neeson film The Grey.  (“The Grey: Liam Neeson’s bleak atheist parable” http://www.breakpoint.org/tp-home/blog-archives/blog-archives/entry/4/18673 ) In it, blogger Shane Morris points out that the film isn’t so much a movie about man vs. nature as it is a movie about man vs. God.  Or, more specifically,  man vs. the [&hellip

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