You will write 4 essays (double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). The first essay must be 1,000–1,200 words, and the following essays must be 750–1,000 words each. Essay one corresponds to the essay one prompt as listed below. Essay two corresponds with the essay two prompt, etc. through all four essays. Each essay is a separate assignment. In completing each essay, research must be conducted through 2–4 peer-reviewed, scholarly sources in addition to the Bible and the Essence of the Old Testament textbook. Format each essay using current APA, MLA, or Turabian style (whichever corresponds to your degree program).
Essay Question 1: Biblical Worldview
Rationale for the Biblical Worldview Essay
Every person has a worldview whether he realizes it or not. What is a worldview? James W. Sire defines a worldview as . . . “a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) that we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”1 Stated more succinctly, “ . . . a worldview is simply the total set of beliefs that a person has about the biggest questions in life.”2 F. Leroy Forlines describes such questions as the “inescapable questions of life.”3 Life’s inescapable questions include the following: “Is there a God? If so, what is He like? How can I know Him? Who am I? Where am I? How can I tell right from wrong? Is there life after death? What should I and what can I do about guilt? How can I deal with my inner pain?”4 Life’s biggest, inescapable questions relate to whether there is a God, human origins, identity, and purpose, and the hereafter, just to mention a few. Satisfying answers to the “inescapable questions of life” are provided by the Holy Scriptures. The Holy...
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