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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 presentations? 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 How to 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.

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