The novel delves deeper into human nature than any scientist ever can. Shouldn’t Christians be doing this?
Greenville, SC (PRWEB) October 27, 2011
On November 10, BJU Press will host a free online seminar for homeschool parents. Author Mark Ward will share his enthusiasm and insight with homeschool parents as he explains how they can develop a biblical worldview in their children through reading great works of literature at home.
Many homeschool parents have chosen to educate their children at home to ensure that they develop a strong Christian outlook. Some parents view secular literature as a threat to their own worldview and censor all but the cleanest materials. Other parents allow their children to read anything without much guidance on how to think through any problematic issues raised in the books. Most parents are trying to find some way to use literature in their homes to expand their children’s thinking. Through lapbooks and unit studies, homeschool parents are encouraging their children to see the breadth and value of literature.
In order to assist homeschool parents in their mission, BJU Press launched a series of free online seminars on biblical worldview on September 8. Dr. Bryan Smith laid the foundation, explaining the major tenants of a biblical worldview. In October, Rachel Santopietro explained how to further this worldview through science. The recording of these and other seminars can be viewed at bjupresshomeschool.com/go/chart.
Now, a New Testament scholar and literature enthusiast, Dr. Mark Ward, explores how parents can use literature to glorify God. “I believe that literature is, like all things of beauty, a gift from the God to whom all beauty points. Truth and beauty reside in Him,” explains Mark. “So if you encounter those things in any work of literature, biblical or not, they are occasions for you to thank the God who gave us these things.”
Ward’s contention that Christians should enjoy the beauty of good literature is one of four areas in which he believes homeschool parents can shape a biblical worldview through the study of literature. Secondly, students of literature need to learn how to respond to non-Christian worldviews. “A carefully controlled reading of non-Christian authors is a good thing. It sharpens your understanding of the Christian worldview,” he says “A biblical worldview tells me that goodness and beauty exist even in the works of non-Christian people—because they are made in God’s image and they can’t help it.”
Third, homeschool parents should instruct their children to use what they learn from literature to aid their interpretation of Scripture. Literary devices and genres are crucial to a correct understanding of the themes of biblical books.
Finally, Christian homeschoolers should learn to rebuild the discipline of literature by contributing to the field. “The novel delves deeper into human nature than any scientist ever can. Shouldn’t Christians be doing this?” asks Ward. “And won’t they ideally have deeper insight than anyone, aided by their connection to the Creator whose Word can divide soul and spirit?”
“I’m glad Mark agreed to present for us,” says CHART administrator Ben Davis. “He brings a perspective that encourages readers to learn as much as possible through great works of literature that strengthens a biblical worldview instead of diminishing it.” Mark lives in Greenville, SC with his wife and two children. With his PhD in New Testament Interpretation, Mark uses his insight into biblical literature as he contributes to BJU Press Bible and Literature textbooks.
Join Mark Ward and the CHART team on Thursday, November 10, at 2:30 p.m. (EST) for the next CHART online seminar. The seminar is free, and the only software requirement is a web browser and Adobe Flash. Visit bjupresshomeschool.com/go/chart to sign up for a free login and to view information about future seminar topics. You may also view previous seminars from the CHART archives.
CHART online seminars are hosted by BJU Press. BJU Press exists to encourage Christian character in students and promote academic excellence through the provision of K4–grade 12 educational materials and support services. In addition to textbooks and materials, we offer homeschool testing services, distance learning programs, and other homeschool resources.