Advanced Worldview Analysis, by Dr. Ronald Nash
About this Class
These lectures were given at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida during the spring of 2002.
Discussion of the content of a worldview and the criteria used to evaluate worldviews.
Liberalism and Conservatism
Discussion of liberalism and conservatism, and statism and anti-statism.
Political systems fall along a continuum between the extremes of anarchism and totalitarianism.
Statism and Anti-statism
People favoring statism support extensive government involvement in education and social programs.
Evaluation of Statism and Anti-statism
From a biblical point of view, statism is evil.
Discussion of justice on an individual and corporate level.
Capitalism and Socialism
An economy based on capitalism has much less government involvement than an economy based on socialism.
Interventionism is a capitalistic economic system in which government gets involved to allow free exchange within a framework of laws.
Defense of Capitalism
Discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of capitalism.
Two basic concepts of economics are limited resources and the choices we make that reflect our values.
Marxism is an economic system based on the idea of a class struggle with the goal of a classless society.
Real Accounting Fraud
Article from The Free Market
Socialism and Capitalism
The Bible and Socialism, Moral Defense of Capitalism
Money and Wealth
We are responsible to be a good steward of the wealth God gives us to manage.
Some of the root causes of poverty are government, social and religious systems.
Liberation theology is an ideology promoted by people trained in Marxism. True liberation theology delivers people from tyranny, poverty and sin.
The Religious Left
Christians ought to care about poverty and oppression. People who hold differing economic and social theories propose very different approaches and solutions to these problems.
Representatives of the Evangelical Left
Discussion of the differences between evangelical liberals and conservatives.
Inflation of Rights
Guest Lecturer, Alejandro Moreno-Morrison discussing the inflation of rights.
Guest Lecturer, Alejandro Moreno-Morrison discusses legal positivism.
A balanced approach toward environmentalism is needed because it can be a serious threat to individual liberty.
Types of Pollution
Discussion of how people work in a capitalistic system to address environmental concerns.
Problems with Public Education
The public school system in the United States has fostered functional illiteracy, cultural illiteracy, and moral/spiritual illiteracy.
A Possible Solution
Discussion of the pros and cons of setting up a voucher system to fund the education system.