Worldview at the Abbey consists of four classes integrated with discipleship and practical apologetics; students who complete our program will understand their faith as a total worldview, realizing that God is sovereign over every aspect of reality.
The Great Conversation throughout History: The Great Conversation is a one-year reading program designed to help students develop a sense of the scope of the history of ideas, and especially the way in which Christianity shaped that conversation. By reading some of the most influential thinkers—Plato, Augustine, Luther, Descartes, Pascal, Nietzsche, etc.—students come face-to-face with the catalysts of significant paradigm shifts and epochs.
Advanced Worldview and Apologetics: The term apologetics refers to the art of defending your faith, especially the Christian faith. God's Word often exhorts Christians to be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have (see especially Acts 8:26-40, Acts 17:1-3, Acts 26:1-29, 1 Peter 3:15).
Rhetoric and the Art of the Short Story: This two-semester course focuses on the importance of rhetoric for Christians (Proverbs 12:6-7, 25:11-13), and specifically on crafting persuasive stories. Because Christ often relied on parables (Mark 4:1-34, for example) and Nathan used story to rebuke King David for his sin (2 Samuel 12:1-13), Christians should understand that story is a powerful means for influencing individuals and the culture at large. Students will read essays by noted authors about the craft of writing, as well as some of the classics within the genre. In addition, students will hone their own writing skills.
Utopias and Reality: Politics and Economics: Because God established government as one of the three basic institutions of society, and because He expects those who wield political authority to dispense justice, Christians need to study the art of governing well and embrace their duties as citizens (see especially Romans 13:1-4, 1 Peter 2:11-14). The first semester will be spent studying political science, and the second will be spent on economics.
At Worldview Academy, hands-on learning has always been an integral part of our curriculum. Through two semesters in Canon City, students can expect to participate in the following activities to create opportunities for growth in teamwork and leadership:
- White-water rafting trip
- Multi-day hiking trips
- Evangelism in nearby metropolitan areas
- Involvement in local community