The uniqueness of a reformational worldview, is the subject of chapter 4 of van der Walt's The Eye is the Lamp of the Body.
Here van der Walt draws upon Colson and Pearcey, Wolters, and Walsh and Middleton to examine the contents of a Christian worldview. He looks at some of the reasons for the lack of impact of such a worldview and then argues for the unique characteristics of a reformational worldview, a view that is world transformative and is able to move both hearts and minds. He concludes with looking at how this worldview can be communicated effectively by drawing upon the work of Stephen Garber. Van der Walt’s strength is that he is able to synthesise different authors views and provide an excellent summary and review, but he does more than that, he develops them in such a way that his own voice is not lost.
He finishes by looking at three aspects of a reformational worldview: the name, the way and the people.
The name reformational does not mean it belongs to a specific denomination, it cuts across confessions. By reformational is meant something dynamic.
The reformational way is not simple, easy or safe - rather it is liberating. It does not offer simple solutions. It requires hard work; reforming and transforming God's good creation isn't safe or easy. However, serving the living God brings liberation and joy.
A reformational person is a realistic person - they are a people who take seriously God's creation and also takes seriously their responsibility in creation. They can also be idealistic - "for no one can work for a greater, more glorious cause than for the kingdom of God".
How useful is the description reformational to describe theis perspective? Are any other terms to be prefered and why?
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