Teach/Taught, Catch/Caught

Okay, let’s make “biblical worldview” less of a concept and more of an actuality. Is biblical worldview something you teach or something that gets caught?

If the former (something you teach), how do you do that? If the latter (something that gets caught more than taught), what does that look like?



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11 responses to “Teach/Taught, Catch/Caught

  1. Our history/lit/theology curriculum (Omnibus) really helps us with this. We look at what the book we’re studying is saying and what the culture is saying about the particular topic, and then we take that to our final authority, Scripture. This has become a pattern in our home that we can apply to movies, tv commercials, etc.

    So I guess I’ve been trying to teach my children how to think biblically, but it gets “caught” as we go about our daily lives. It’s something I try to teach diligently (failing often!!!), but it’s “caught” when we talk about it as we sit in our house, walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rise.

  2. Fay

    I feel like it is both. I choose books and curr. that shows us the cultures and beliefs of people diferent from us. I can’t jump on a plane with my kids everyday and take them to observe and interact with people who are different from us so in that way I think that the worldview is somewhat taught. The “caught” part comes in when they see effort taken to learn about and love (by being a part of missions and projects and prayer) people from all different walks including those similar to our own.

    We can read books all day long but taking what we are learning to heart is shown through our actions. That is something I try to model and that my children usually mimic.

    I’m sorry if I make no sense! I’m not very good about getting my point across is word.

  3. RT

    I feel like small children learn about a biblical worldview without ever knowing that’s what they’re learning because they are such concrete thinkers. The abstract ideas related to a biblical worldview come much later. I would say that I was taught to think discriminatingly as a teenager, but didn’t fully understand the concept of “worldview” until the college years.

  4. The prerequisites for a Biblical worldview can and must be caught: reverence for the Bible and the centrality of God to life. These must be part of the habits of life.

    But at some point the child must begin to actually *think*. This requires teaching–if not formally, then through informal interactions with a more mature believer. Ideally both.

    As for how it’s taught, it seems like the way Jesus taught would be a good model. Questions. Stories. Analogies. Even cryptic statements and hyperbole. Anything to provoke thought and comparisons between what we’ve heard, what we see, what the common view is, and what God has shown us.

  5. I would guess that the children who are most likely to remain in the faith are those whose parents lived their faith out consistently before them, lending credence to the “caught” argument.

    However, without teaching, there is really nothing to catch. Children need to be taught basic principles…how to read the scripture, how to apply it, etc. And they need to be taught to look to the scriptures to answer their questions about how to lead a godly life.

    If they see their parents doing this, the lesson will be reinforced. If not, they will see only hypocrisy.

  6. Rose Bexar

    I think Queen of Carrots has hit on the key word: habit. How do we get kids to establish good behavioral habits? We teach them what to do and help them catch it by modeling the good habit ourselves and encouraging them when they do well. The same applies to the habit of virtue, and it also applies to the habit of thinking like a Christian; some of it is formal instruction, and you can’t neglect that, but a lot of it is caught through the way material is presented and the way the children see *you* thinking.

  7. i think it has to be both. i think our history curriculum (mystery of history) and our science curriculum (jeannie fulbright) have really added to my children’s understanding of God through time and His plan.

  8. Both are necessary. They need to be taught in order to build their foundation on the rock. It is then that they will start recognizing their teachings in every day encounters. Then they are able to catch things along the way.

  9. Both. It must be taught by the words and actions of our lives especially “before the faces” of our children. Don’t think that you will only begin to do it when you have children, because you’ll come to find out that you have not created a habit and will end up not doing when you have children.

  10. kristen

    Chiming in with another both. We had this really strike us when we were doing a worldview movie night at a college that isn’t a flagship school, just a regular old state school of the second or third tier. None of them had been taught about other worldviews. So, it was really hard to discuss the movies’ messages! They could say “that was bad” but not WHY.

  11. jenny

    Yes-both. “as a man thinks in his heart, so he is”, or as my mom said growing up “garbage in, garbage out”. Kids must be taught truth in order to think truthfully, and according to scripture, as he thinks, so he will be. Behavior and thinking are closely related…if not so, we wouldn’t be too worried about establishing a worldview, would we?

    In the classroom, there was a lot of teaching apart from curriculum. The playground…helping kids understand a biblical view of relationships that was counter-cultural, even young children believed that they had to always have the last word, had to always look out for themselves. There were ample opportunities for talks about turning the other cheek and considering others better than yourself.

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