“a worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions, that may be true, partially true, or false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides that foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”
This past weekend at the Donors Banquet kicking off our Ratio Christi Symposium,
Dr. J. P. Moreland, speaking to a ministry that has the “boots on the ground” on college campuses nationally and globally, observed that there are three worldviews on the college and university campuses that filter out into the public square. He also remarked that if these worldviews are not engaged, they will transform our culture in less than thirty years or less.
In this piece, I am going to present the three worldviews reflecting the worldviews showing American culture’s multiple worldview disorder (MWD) and how it relates to the church. From our conclusions addressing the question of “are we in trouble” we can clearly see that it is high time to train the church apologetically and spiritually.
Looking at the Worldviews Causing MWD
One of those worldviews is contradictory to the other two; and that is the worldview of biblical Christianity, also known as historical Christianity. This is also called “ethical monotheism,” the idea that God is real; that God has created man in His image and has given us His moral law. And all people everywhere are obligated to obey His moral law — whether they want to obey or not. Some things like loving your family members and not hurting innocent human beings are really good. Other things like torturing babies, or hurting a little girl for no apparent reason are things that are really wrong.
These next two worldviews represent the major movements from the opposite camp.
The first worldview in this discussion that is in opposition to the Christian worldview is known as scientific naturalism. What in the world is scientific naturalism?
The best way to think of this is to think of the X-Men. It does not matter how far out there this might seem (e.g., like bending metal just by thinking about it), absolutely everything can be deduced down to the physical processes (like a genetic mutation). This view says that the physical world is all that that we can physically see is what is real. You’re pretty much just your brain, kind of like a “moist robot,” where everything that you do is just the result of things your genetics (DNA) and how you were raised.
Another way of looking at this idea is to think that science provides the only way that we can know things. If you or I cannot measure anything in a laboratory or use science to prove it, then you cannot know it. So you might know Advil or Tylenol will be helpful for your headache. But you cannot say that you cannot know that God exists.
The third worldview that is all encompassing of other isms is known as cultural Marxism. This is the big one on the college campuses and the most dangerous of these two. What is cultural Marxism?
To summarize this worldview, cultural Marxism is a revolutionary leftist idea, from ultra liberal professors that traditional culture and values are the source of oppression in the modern world. Cultural Marxism is often linked to an insistence upon political correctness, relativism , multiculturalism, and perpetual attacks on the traditional foundations of our culture: the nuclear family, marriage, patriotism, moral absolutes (traditional morality), law and order, etc. Cultural Marxists are assumed to be committed to establishing economic Marxism, in which case their cultural attacks are a necessary preparation for their ultimate goal.
Without a doubt, there seems to be a purposeful effort in parts of American university culture to reject traditional values and aggressively replace them with more alleged progressive ideals. This often results in an extreme imbalance in criticism and cultural sensitivity. For instance, derogatory attitudes toward men, whites, Christians, fathers, heterosexuals, and so forth are often celebrated or encouraged. Equally critical comments directed at women, minorities, Muslims, mothers, homosexuals, and so forth are readily condemned as “hateful.” Whether or not cultural Marxism is behind this imbalance, many people do seem purposefully prejudiced against aforementioned points of view.
Are We in Trouble?
One of the things in thinking about these two ideologies or worldviews, it is clear that the church is ill-equipped. At the same time is is not too late. Also the church needs to realize that it needs to think very seriously about what is important.
Too many pastors are concerned about their building programs with a goal of growing a church numerically and not counting the cost of spiritual group through hard core discipleship. What does that look like? It is about training the church apologetically speaking to engage the culture. Jesus called the church to love Him with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind, so that we can love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40).
The church in America is also not prepared because of some viral strains in Christianity that will not provide any substance in difficult times. These viral strains are known as the Word Faith theology and the New Apostolic Reformation.
There is another problem that is playing right into the hands of the cultural Marxism, and that is the fact that there are a great amount of young people. That problem is that there is a great amount of young Christians that have been embracing views that are not biblical and masked as this moralistic therapeutic deism.
For Christians, dealing with cultural Marxism it involves engaging a spiritual dimension. It is undeniable that, in the West, biblical Christian values are under attack. However, the root cause of these attacks is not totally political or racial or social. They are spiritual. To the extent that traditional Western culture reflects biblical truth, the attacks on that culture are anti-God. To provide us with an example, we have seen for centuries Western culture promoting chastity before marriage as an ideal. Today’s modern culture downplays chastity and glorifies immorality. Is this cultural Marxism at work? Possibly. Looking at this from the spiritual angle, it is evident that Satan is working in tandem with humanity’s sinful nature. (see James 1:14).
There are certainly reasons for Christians to resist political correctness, relativism, unfair attitudes toward Christianity, acceptance of immoral behavior, and so forth. We can and should work diligently to stand against those problems. We are lights in the world (Matthew 5:14).
Our best strategy is not necessarily to rail against cultural Marxism, especially given the controversies surrounding that term. Rather, we must recognize this Multiple Worldview Disorder in our culture and in the church, and recognize the roots of these problems and deal with them accordingly. It is a spiritual battle fought in the minds and hearts of individuals (Ephesians 6:12).
At the same time it is high time the church recognize the need for apologists to come in and equip the flock and serve the church in such a way to train and equip the church for what is ahead. We do not want to see anyone taken captive by the culture.
 James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door. (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1988), 17.
 The thirty year gauge is from myself since it is a statistical assessment that a professor can have an influence on his or her students that will last for the next thirty years.
 This moving and living by one’s DNA is where the phrase “dancing to one’s DNA” comes from. This is also known as materialistic atheism. Relativism is the ideology that there are no such truth claims that can be considered as absolute.
 Some other ideas that are drawn into the cultural Marxism are secularism – the belief that the material world is all there is, and that God is irrelevant to what is important; and postmodernism – the belief that we should be suspicious of anyone who claims to know the truth, because none of us have access to it.
 Ultimately moralistic therapeutic deism consists of beliefs like these: 1. “A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.” 2. “God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.” 3. “The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.” 4. “God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.” 5. “Good people go to heaven when they die.” Dove tail this with a new spirituality where there is belief that reality is spiritual, not material, and that what you do in this life will come back to you, whether good or evil. It is clear that things are a mess spiritually in the American church.