Course Description (Fall 2019)
14-session course that helps you discover the assumptions behind the 12 major worldviews that cause either human frustration or human flourishing across the globe. Also, learn how a Christian worldview exposes the weaknesses of the other worldviews and uniquely offers great redemptive hope centered on Jesus Christ. Preview the course syllabus. Course charge: $99/person.
Please Note: Meets 9:00 am to 10:00 am Central Time on Mondays. We "meet" via Google+ Hangout. Classes begin September 9, 2019 and conclude December 9, 2019. If you cannot make every class session, each class session is video recorded and posted online within three days after the class session.
Understand how the concept of "worldview" relates to the search for truth
Learn the four major functions of worldviews
Learn a four-step method to analyze and assess worldviews
Learn how the 12 major worldviews answer the nine major questions that most people ask
Discover the relationship between worldviews and cultural outcomes
Discover how to introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ with your international & domestic neighbors
Provide reproducible resources (including course slides) that students can use with others
The difference this Course Will Make
Increases competence when discussing religions and philosophies with students and others
Develop skills in apologetics and discipleship
Ready-made materials for international or domestic Bible studies
Provides highly useful background knowledge for everyone, especially those involved in intercultural ministry and ministry with domestic students from widely varying backgrounds
Complete set of course materials can be used for instructing students and others on the different philosophies and religions that shape life in the 21st century
What are the Technical Requirements?
Mac OSX or PC with Windows Vista or Newer
External or built-in web camera
By Taking the course, you will receive:
Set of 14 slide presentations (PowerPoint)
Set of 14 one-page study guides
Supplementary Notes for Comparative Worldviews Course
Comparative Worldviews Survey tool
Comparative Worldviews Code sheet
Comparative Worldviews Chart
Blanket permission to reproduce these materials with your students
Campus ministers and others who want to learn how to represent Jesus Christ in a pluralistic world
Others engaged in cross-cultural witness
Students in colleges, universities, and seminaries who want to better understand their worldview and others’
Home schooled students and instructors
Course fee: $99
Includes all the materials mentioned
No required textbook
Refunds are capped at 50% and are available through October 1, 2019.
Bob Osburn has a PhD in international education (University of Minnesota, 2005) where he also is a lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. In 1978 he earned his ThM in Christian education at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has spent 33 years working in international student and academic ministry at the University of Minnesota, and successfully launched the 1998 World View for World Healing Conference that promoted the vision for international students engaging the deepest needs of their societies on the basis of a Christian worldview. He is the author of Taming the Beast: Can We Bridle the Culture of Corruption? (2016). He carries on that vision under the auspices of the Wilberforce Academy. He has been married to Susan for 44 years, father of four sons, and a grandfather to nine. View Robert Osburn’s Curriculum Vitae or email Bob here.