Last time we blogged about a study that found that only 6% of Americans and 9% of Christians hold to a consistent Biblical worldview, as defined by the researchers’ benchmarks.
As I said, some of these questions have more to do with doctrinal lapses–such as the authority of Scripture, the nature of salvation, etc.–than worldview issues, as such.
And often the concept of “worldview” is used as means to smuggle in the notion that there is a Biblical “law” that governs every facet of life, as distinct from regular laws that govern that facet. A story on the study quotes the Reformed theologian, statesman, and worldview-thinking pioneer Andrew Kuyper: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” Right. But we Lutherans say, it is already His. The secular realm even in its secularity is already part of God’s temporal kingdom, which He rules in a hidden way. We don’t need to Christianize everything. The workings of ordinary vocations, the natural laws disclosed by science, the dynamics of social order, etc., etc., are part of God’s creation and His providential care for what He has made, though we always have to contend with our sin, other people’s sins, and the usurpation of the Devil in these realms. But meanwhile, we are also part of God’s eternal kingdom through the Gospel, in which God is no longer hidden but revealed by His Word, which, though it contains God’s Law, must not be reduced to a law book.