DB 2 Initial Post:
Before posting, read chapters 6-9 of Gutek, read worldview articles, and view
all video presentations in Blackboard Modules 1-3.
Analyze and synthesize the information from
these three sources (i.e., Gutek, worldview articles, and Blackboard video presentations).
What connections, parallels, and illustrations do you see in the beliefs and practices of Aquinas,
Erasmus, Calvin, and Comenius in light of the content from worldview articles and course video
In at least 300 words,
compare any two
of these educational thinkers and cite all three
sources (i.e., Gutek, worldview articles, and Blackboard videos).
Review this link on
Cite Online Videos in APA
(though it focuses on YouTube videos, the format will help you).
According to Gutek (2011), one major commonality among the beliefs of Aquinas,
Erasmus, Calvin, and Comenius is the inclusion of religion, specifically Christianity was
embedded in their philosophical views.
Tackett (2006) claims that a biblical worldview must
acknowledge that God is all-powerful and all-knowing. Similarly, Stonestreet ( 2010)
emphasizes that a Christian worldview must affirm the existence of God and acknowledge his
chief authority of all. Gutek (2011) states that Aquinis confirmed God’s knowledge was
imperative in that it added to individuals acquiring complete knowledge through biblical study of
God's word. Erasmus emphasized the need to study the word of God in order to be truly
educated, although, in contrast he did not outright acknowledge God omniscience, the
requirement to study his word sufficiently affirms it (Gutek, 2011).
Furthermore, Pope (2000) asserts that a biblical worldview in the area of government
must allow God to be the ruling authority. Similarly, Eramus considered scripture study an
imperative aspect of developing government related matters such as; laws and policies, however,
he did not consider God to be the chief authority (Gutek, 2011). In particular, Gutek (2011) adds
that Eramus regarded biblical teachings as a means to formulate good ethics which permitted
government officials to make sound decisions. It is apparent that Eramus infused scriptures as a
channel to develop ethical skills but not Christ as the ruling leader. According to Pope (2000), a
secular worldview would encourage the idea that people do not have souls nor are they eternal
contrastingly a biblical perspective will support that all people have an eternal soul. Notebely,
Gutek (2011) recognizes that one theme in Aquinas thomistic philosophy stresses that idea of
two aspects of reality in which there was a spiritual and physical component with respect to
people, the spiritual portion was considered a soul. In addition, Aquinas envisioned that actions
done while in the world would have an impact on ones salvation (Gutek, 2011). Surely the
acknowledgement of humans possessing a sole is imperative specifically because Tackett (2006)
claims that a biblical perspective must agree that individual acquire salvation from God. Aquinas
recognition of a soul certainly aligns with salvation.