Lesson 3 Preparation

Preparation for Lesson 3: Worldview Framework: Fall

"There is not a square inch on the whole plain of human existence over which Christ, who is Lord over all, does not proclaim: ‘This is Mine!’” Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)


A Tale of Two Classrooms

Classroom 1: While reading a novel about a young person involved in a robbery of a local store, Mr. Morton’s class discusses the problems in society that led to such behavior and explores various ways to address the problem of teenage crime, including increased educational opportunities and programs designed to increase self-esteem. The class concludes that people are basically good but are driven to such bad behavior because of their culture and because of unfair treatment from those in power.

Classroom 2: Miss Meyer’s class is also reading a novel about a young person involved in a robbery. The class discusses problems in society and in individuals due to man’s sinful nature, particularly the lack of compassion for the poor. Although the young person in the story believed he was justified in taking from others since he experienced injustice, students noted that God's Word makes it clear, nothing can excuse sinful behavior. The class concludes that some societal changes, such as increased educational opportunities could help, but the only real long-term solution is for the gospel of Christ to transform the hearts and desires of individuals in society, including the young robber.

            In this lesson, we will discuss the wide-ranging effects of man’s fall into sin and explore the implications of the fall for our life and for our classroom.

Lesson 3 Objectives

In this lesson you will:

  1. Describe the effects of the fall on creation and humans, and on the cultural and institutional constructs of humans.

  2. Explain the relationship between sin and creation and relate the significance of that relationship to classroom practices.

  3. Summarize the distinction between creational structure and direction.

  4. Use structure and direction to evaluate actions.

Lesson 3 Essential Questions

Consider the following questions as you complete lesson 3:

  1. What does it mean to say that the fall is a cosmic as well as a human event?

  2. What are the cultural consequences of the fall (in terms of the cultural mandate)?

  3. What is the relationship between sin and creation?

  4. What is the distinction between structure and direction?

Required Reading Book and Articles

  • Course Text: Ryken, P. G. (2013). Christian worldview: A student’s guide. Read chapter 4, Paradise Lost.