Podcast: Dr. Fred Smith on Worldview and the Implications for Morality

This week we’ll be hearing from Dr. Fred Smith. Dr. Smith is not only a tremendous scholar, but he is also an excellent communicator. He is able to make very complex ideas easy to understand. And I think you’ll agree with that assessment as you listen to what he has to say. The topic of discussion of this week has to do with worldview and its implications for ethics. Dr. Smith has spent a significant amount of time thinking about how worldviews shape us and he has recently published a book, Developing a Biblical Worldview.

In this first part of a two part series, Dr. Smith will explain exactly what a worldview is and then give some examples of how worldview shapes a person’s understanding of morality. In order to do that, Dr. Smith will give a thumbnail sketch of a variety of worldviews, including naturalism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Mormonism and show how these worldviews seem to generate a deficient view of morality.

This week we are continuing a conversation with Dr. Fred Smith. Dr. Smith is a professor at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and has taught courses on world religions. He also has a special interest in worldview and culture. Recently, he published a book, Developing a Biblical Worldview: Seeing Things God’s WayIf you’re interested in what Dr. Smith has to say about worldview today, you might check out the book for a more in-depth discussion.

Last week, we discussed the nature of worldview in general and raised moral difficulties created by various non-christian worldviews. This week, we’ll be hearing Dr. Smith’s response to some objections raised to the Christian worldview and Dr. Smith will help us to see how the Christian answer to the worldview questions (Who we are? Where are we? What is wrong ? And what is the answer?) will help us turn back objections to the Christian worldview.

 

 

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Fred Smith

Born in Memphis TN

Education:

BAUniv. of Memphis

MDivMid-America Baptist Theological Seminary cum laude

PhD   Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth TX

 

Saved, 1971 at First Baptist Church, Memphis TN

Married, Laverne Young Smith, 1988

 

Current:

Associate Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Liberty University, Baptist Theological Seminary

Adult Bible Class Teacher at Forest Baptist Church, Forest VA

 

Publications:

Developing a Biblical Worldview: Seeing Things God’s Way (B and H Academic 2015)

Contributions to:  Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (B and H); Zondervan KJV Commentary on the New Testament (Zondervan); Popular Encyclopedia of Church History (Harvest House).

Articles in Bibliotheca Sacra, Journal of the Union Biblical Seminary (Pune, India), New Orleans Journal, Mid-America Journal.