Outline: Clashing Civilizations, Culture Wars, and the Academy: The Illuminating Role of "Worldview"

Dr. David K. Naugle

Dr. David K. Naugle is chair and professor of Philosophy at Dallas Baptist University. He earned a Th.D. in systematic theology, and a Ph.D. in humanities with concentrations in philosophy and English literature. He is also the director of the Paideia College Society (formerly Pew College Society) the goal of which is the transformation of students, the reformation of the Church and the renewal of the various aspects of cultural life.

Dr. Naugle serves as a Fellow for the Wilberforce Forum, the Christian worldview think tank sponsored by Prison Fellowship in Washington, D. C. He serves as an associate editor of Findings, a quarterly journal produced by the Wilberforce Forum on worldview issues. He is also the editor of The Worldview Church E-Newsletter published by the Wilberforce Forum as an information source designed to encourage Church leaders to implement a Christian worldview in their congregations. Dr. Naugle is the author of Worldview: The History of a Concept(Eerdmans 2002), selected by Christianity Today magazine as the 2003 book of the year in the theology and ethics category. Prior to his post at DBU, Dr. Naugle was an adjunct professor of religion at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1980-1988.



The Word-History of Weltanschauung


Definitions of Worldview


  1. Søren Kierkegaard
  2. Wilhelm Dilthey
  3. Martin Heidegger
  4. Postmodernists
  1. James Orr
  2. Abraham Kuyper 
  3. James Sire 
  4. David Naugle, Worldview: The History of a Concept (wv = vision of the heart)


A World[view] of Difference


Human Nature and Worldview


Knowledge is Perspectival



Worldview and the University


  1. Professors ought to be willing to disclose the particulars of his or her worldview orientation from which he or she is teaching and/or writing.
  2. In addition to the metaphysical and methodological naturalism that is the dominant worldview in the academy today, there ought to be room for scholarship and teaching that is informed by responsible religious perspectives as well.




In the interests of genuine pluralism and academic freedom, and in light of what a Christian Weltanschauung has contributed historically and can offer to the academy today, room ought to be made in addition to naturalism for theistically informed points of view on the university campus which can thereby serve as a template for the rest of society as neither a naked or sacred, but as a genuinely civic public square.

© Copyright David Naugle. Used by permission.

Delivered at the Christian Leadership Ministries SMU Luncheon Lecture Series in September 2003.