Notes: Module 1 Chapter 3FaithChristian World ViewsNovember 15, 2012FaithThe Foundation for Learning Faith is analogous to the perspective of a world-view . . . inthat it affords a starting point from which to see things whole. . . . Faith is not close-mindedbut exploratory; it does not compartmentalize life but unifies it.ARTHUR F. HOLMESThe Christian faith is more than a box top on the puzzle of human living and learning.Faith is a directing picture that moves human mind and life pieces together into a holistic,thinking and behaving person.A person’s understanding of what faith is and what learning is lays the groundwork for that person’s approach to integrating faith and learning.There is not one single approach to faith and learning integration because Christians are not in agreement on the nature of faith or the nature of learning.Faith and learning should revolve around each other in a continuing, dynamic relationship. They become one, even though our language easily separates the two.The Christian faith represents a belief system that profoundly affects one’s entire life. Thus, faith cannot be separated from ordinary ways of learning or made into a separate, detached, religious learning process. This means that faith cannot be considered an anti-intellectual, spiritual journey to knowing truth but that it is an intellectual and personal journey into areas within and beyond our understanding.Faith should not be considered a separate, unusual form of “otherworldly” knowing that bypasses traditional knowledge but one that participates in all of our normal ways of knowing.Faith cannot be equated with religious experience, which by itself is not an adequate source of knowledge.