Worldviews come a dime a dozen in this day and age. Opinions, politics, and all sorts of narratives are being fed to us daily every time we turn on the T.V., read a book, or check social media. As Christians, we have to differentiate between what is good and true and what is not. That’s one reason it’s important to be in the word on a daily basis. Our worldview should be shaped by Scripture. So I love the concept and application of the CSB Worldview Study Bible which contains notes and articles that aid its readers in developing a biblical view of the world.
There are verse-by-verse notes, book introductions, and articles throughout written from a variety of authors. There are plenty I was not familiar with but a few I had prior positive impressions of like Trevin Wax, Carl R. Trueman, Albert Mohler, Stephen J. Wellum, David S. Dockery, Paul Copan, and Bruce Ware. It was enjoyable to see so many new names writing soundly, though.
The articles cover topics anywhere from biblical views on abortion, marriage, and legislation of morality to financial debt, psychology, and panentheism. This wide range includes epistemology, philosophical influences, to biblical views of finance (which is something I think is actually really important!) and engaging with LGBT advocates. I noticed a few articles presenting both a young earth creation viewpoint and an old earth creation viewpoint. I’m sure others will disagree, but I appreciate the fair dealing with both. There are longer introduction essays on what makes a worldview and what makes a Christian worldview, biblical interpretation and inerrancy, and how to engage a non-Christian.
The book introductions feature a focus on the worldview presented from scripture, speaking on what the book teaches about God, man, and salvation, as well as a timeline.
I highly appreciate that the Worldview Study Bible takes a hard stance where its important and necessary for orthodoxy such as the Trinity, the incarnation of Christ, which goes more in depth than most Sunday schools, and pluralism, but it’s also fluid when it comes to the distinctives of different theological traditions. For example, it makes a note in Ephesians that the doctrine of predestination is debated as to what it means, and from what I could tell, it doesn’t seem to take a stance on certain eschatological opinions. It does state clearly that a secret rapture is not taught, but I don’t see views on the millennium taught.
This would be an awesome choice for a student heading off to college, or any age seeking to delve into developing a thoroughly biblical worldview.
As for the physical Bible itself, I like the flexibility of the brown goatskin leather, though it kind of crinkles a little around the spine when laying flat. I’m sure it will increase in floppiness with more use. I hate replacing ribbons, so I appreciate it when the ribbons match the Bible, which the red and brown ribbon markers do. Something kind of random that I noticed immediately about this Bible is the smoothness of the gold gilt on the page edges. As far as I can tell, it’s just regular gold gilt, but it’s really smooth!
Features listed by the publisher:
- Extensive worldview study notes
- Over 130 articles written by more than 120 notable Christian scholars
- Center-column references
- Smyth-sewn binding
- Presentation page
- Two ribbon markers
- Two-piece gift box
Many thanks to CSB for providing me with a copy in exchange for my fair and honest review.