Making Biblical Connections

A great resource for thinking about Biblical integration in your classroom is the work of Dr. Christian Overman and his colleagues at the Biblical Worldview Institute. Dr. Overman has put together several great teachings through the “Making the Connections” series that offer practical suggestions for how teachers can implement Biblical integration into their academic lessons without falling into the traps of simple association with scripture or presenting object lessons as integration. These teachings—available through the Biblical Worldview Institute[1]—explain how “Biblical worldview integration means making the connections between academic content and the bigger picture of the Biblical worldview”[2] through examining five overarching areas of worldview influence: Making the Connections

  1. the nature of God (theology),
  2. the nature of the universe/creation (ontology & cosmology),
  3. the nature of mankind (anthropology, psychology, sociology, epistemology),
  4. the nature of moral order (axiology), and
  5. the nature of purpose (theology).

The goal of this teaching is to help educators realize how they can connect their academic subject matter with a Biblical frame of reference. In other words, how does your lesson connect to a larger understanding of the nature of God, the universe, mankind, moral order, or purpose? One of the strengths of this approach is that it recognizes that it is not always possible for teachers to connect a given lesson to all five aspects of worldview influence. In fact, throughout the teachings, Overman emphasizes the importance of not forcing a connection, as this causes incongruence which can result in a disjointed lesson or worse, the impression that Christianity is irrelevant to this field of study.

Unlike many similar teachings, the instruction at the Biblical Worldview Institute is specifically directed towards educators. These seminars address educational issues such as appropriate learning objectives, targeting higher level thinking skills, and how to integrate worldview and academic learning targets. They also address pitfalls that are particular to educational institutions. Those who have gone through the worldview training are given access to the Institute’s BWV Planner, an easy to use lesson plan template that offers a practical guide for thinking about how to intentionally integrate your academic lessons with a Biblical worldview.

For more information on the offerings of the Biblical Worldview Institute, check out their website at http://biblicalworldviewinstitute.org/.


[1] This is also available free through the ACSI My VPP portal My VPP is ACSI’s virtual professional development portal, available for premium members–which many ACSI schools take advantage of for their teachers.  It’s actually a pretty comprehensive library of professional development seminars on all aspects of teaching–Christian and secular (ASCD PD videos are available as well as ACSI & selected university teachings).

[2] Johnson, Don.  “Making the Connections: How to Put Biblical Worldview Integration into Practice.” viewed 27 March 2013.

Becky Hunsberger