Course Summary

An overview of various outlooks on life, including the concept of God, human existence, and beyond death

The course proposes to equip the student with a better understanding of the attitudes and beliefs that shape one's view of life. This is done through an introductory module on "Contexts for Creating a Worldview," and then illustrating a variety of outlooks that people have adopted. 5 semester hours of undergraduate credits.


1. Conceptualize basic worldviews that underlie the way people think about themselves, others, the natural world, and ultimate reality.

2, Contrast the grounding of different worldviews.

3. Critique different worldviews for inconsistencies, shortcomings, and benefits.

4. Identify, assess, modify, and commit to a worldview that does justice to our being.


Credit for the course will be based on the submission of five papers that make a contribution to the further development of the course. Each assignment will count for 20 percent of the course grade.


Sire, James W. Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept. IVP Academic, 2004. 163 pages. $13.22 ISBN: 978-0830827794

The student will be expected to read beyond the syllabus when developing the five research papers.