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Before attending the 2009 ASA Annual Meeting in Waco, Texas, I had no intention of
writing another paper for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (PSCF). At that meeting I gave a talk entitled “The Worldview Approach to Biblical Interpretation and Origins: What it is and How it Differs From Accommodation.” However, at that meeting a number of people asked if I would publish my talk, and so I began to consider the possibility. Upon reflection of what I had written in an earlier article in PSCF on the Worldview Approach,1 and what I had talked about at the ASA Meeting,2 I decided to focus this paper on:
(1) A fundamental concept of the Worldview Approach; that is, the dual nature of the
biblical (especially Genesis) text. In this dual view, God entered into the time line of human
history to give his revelation to certain people in His chosen line. This revelation was then
passed down to the biblical authors, who accommodated this revelation to their pre-scientific
and historical worldviews. Thus, biblical history is a modification of real history, where the
worldview of the biblical authors is superimposed over a historical base.2
(2) A table emphasizing the differences between the Worldview Approach and three
other approaches to interpreting Scripture: Young-Earth Creationism, Progressive Creationism, and Accommodation. Not all of the differences between these four approaches will be covered in this paper – only those that significantly impact the essential points being made in the timeline discussion.
What is the Worldview Approach?
The basic premise of the Worldview Approach is that the Bible in its original context
records historical events if considered from the worldview of the biblical authors. By original
context I do not mean the King James Version of the Bible, or even the Hebrew Masoretic text. I mean that archeological evidence relevant to the culture of that day be considered along with what has come down to us as the written text. By historical I mean not only history and prehistory in a traditional sense, but also the historical, time-related, scientific disciplines such as archeology, anthropology, geology, and astronomy. By worldview I mean the basic way of
interpreting things and events that pervades a culture so thoroughly that it becomes that
culture’s concept of reality – what is good, what is important, what is sacred, and what is “real.” Worldview is similar to culture, but there are important differences. Cultural aspects of society can be seen or discerned; worldview cannot be easily perceived, especially by the people whoare molded by it. Worldview is all aspects of a culture bound up into a different way of thinking about the world. It is a mindset that stems from a culture – it is not the culture itself.
How the Worldview Approach to Biblical Interpretation Differs From Other Approaches
By comparison, let us examine the three approaches to biblical interpretation that are
most popular today: Young-Earth Creationism, Progressive Creationism, and Accommodation
Read the full 32 page article from the following pdf file