Worldview Bulletin: Applied Theology

Much of the theology we take for granted is applied theology. It is rooted in chapter and verse, but it is down the road from its source. The chapter and verse are the roots of the tree, but the tree has grown thick, tall, and wide. Sometimes, when we try to force applied theology into a chapter and verse, we undo centuries of work. When we try to put it back in the box it came from, we essentially start over, or worse, we remain at the beginning of the truth never to be strengthened by its application.

Sometimes applied theology requires tracing back to its source to ensure it has not gone awry and still holds true in its applied state. Many ideas have originated from the Bible in good form and yet have strayed down the road from being good theology. This reformation work is essential. But we can only do this rightly if we understand its theological history – not only church history, but world history. While I greatly appreciate judging all thought by The Book, we must do so with understanding of that thought’s history lest we simply demand chapter and verse and dismiss all that is derivative.

Continue reading

Amazon Author Interview

Author-TalkHere is the full text of my Amazon Author Interview. I wanted to make it available to all my readers. Enjoy!  ~ Karla Perry

Christine Tate says:

Good morning everyone and welcome to another week of Interviewing Christian Authors where we meet a new Christian author each week and explore their work. I’m Christine Tate, the moderator for this thread, producer of the annual Virginia Beach Christian Authors Festival, and author of The No-Homework Women’s Bible Study: Group Hug and My Prayer Journal: Remembering God’s Answers: Purple Daisy Cover Design.

This week, we’ll be talking to Karla Perry. Welcome Karla! Please tell us about your book, Back To The Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability.

Karla Perry says:

Hi Christine, Thank you! I’m excited to be a part of this Amazon Interview.

My book, Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability is a journey into the past to discover the truths we left behind as a nation so that we can pull them into the present and secure a more stable future for our nation. There are many Christians who want to go back to a golden era and recreate yesteryear, but I want to inspire people to dig into American and Western history to pull into today what made America great so we can move forward and not go back into our idea of a golden age. In doing so, I discuss some of the things that made us go off road as a nation. In this vein, I cover philosophy, education, history, science, postmodernism, journalism, the family, and the church.  Continue reading

Saving Western Civilization

historyA decade has passed since I sat in my Introduction to History class listening to my professor lament on our inability to know history. Instead of introducing her students to the fascinating world of historical knowledge, she adeptly laid the foundation of its futility. Her philosophy ought to have caused her resignation as her own field of discipline had no purpose pursuant her own admission. In fact, her philosophy undermined the entire historical department at the University not to mention the discipline itself. The professor did not simply suggest this untoward line of thinking, she professed it as truth, at least in as much as it could be in a world without truth. She opined truth’s nonexistence in the same manner she dispensed with the ability to know history.

A few weeks into the course, I would hear the same professor attempt to validate her point of view that plagiarism is a moral wrong while many of the students argued that there were legitimate allowances for it. She had no ground to stand on since she had already dismissed the existence of truth weeks before. All she had at her disposal was indignation at the moral malaise of her students. It is not every day that a person comes face to face with the logical conclusions of one’s own philosophy.

Most people live in conflict with their own philosophy. Continue reading

Who Are You Thinking?

history of ideas and thoughts No one thinks in a vacuum. Ideas have a history, and I want to know that history. I want to know why I think like an evangelical conservative Christian. I want to know how my worldview developed. How did I come to think about liberty, property, democracy, eschatology, and theology the way that I do? Moreover, how did the masses of people who think like me or unlike me come to think as they do?

We would all like to think that we think rightly. But regardless of whether our thoughts and assumptions are aligned with truth, who brought that way of thinking to light and how did it get packaged in such a manner that I think it today? I find the history of ideas fascinating. Continue reading

It’s a Wonderful World

What if you could look at an object and have its history mapped out before your eyes? You consider a book and a timeline unfolds tracing all the ideas back to their origin. You whistory-homealk through the door of an institution and its history fills-in, in complete detail, as you traverse the hallways.

There are people who have such knowledge. They hear an idea and can tell you of the philosophers who first introduced it according to known history. Others read a style of writing and can identify the writers who influenced this author. Some can hear a musical composition and can tell you the history of the style and what songs influenced the composers. But for most of us, learning the origins of ideas, institutions, culture, and worldviews requires Continue reading

Moving Forward

“We must realize that we are facing a rapidly changing historical situation, and if we are going to talk to people about the gospel we need to know what is the present ebb and flow of thought-forms.  Unless we do this, the unchangeable principles of Christianity will fall on deaf ears.”

These words are as true today as they were in 1968 when Francis Schaeffer penned them. When we approach the society of today the same as Christians did fifty years ago, we expend energy without producing the intended fruit.

It is difficult to see outside of our own culture. We tend to think that the world thinks like Christians do, and we are confused when our reasoning is not well received. We consider those who live contrary to the Bible as those who know the truth, but rebel against it openly. We then justify our anger at their insolence.

However, we are not in such a situation. Our society has many remnants of our Christian heritage, but there is an ever widening gap between that heritage and the thinking and practices of the typical American.

We didn’t get to this place because the secularists have taken over. When we think like that we fight for “them” to give us our “rightful” place to be the cultural molders, and, yet we were not molding when we were in that place. Our lack of being cultural transformers caused the rise of secularism. We are not inhibited by secularists or any other group. The Christians of the New Testament were able to be the salt and light of the world well before America was ever conceived. We do not regain our role by moving secularists out of the way. We regain our place by being present in the current reality of our cultural situation. We will not be given the 1950’s again, nor are we to strive to recreate the iconic American past.

We are here now. We have to start from where we are at to get to where we are going. There are essential values, practices, and principles from our heritage that we can pull forward to create a new more stable future. We do not need to recreate the past, but we can carry the treasures of the past into the present, and conversely into the future.

BacktotheFuture: Rebuilding America's StabilityMy book, Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability, is about doing just this. We will journey back only to see the way forward, not to take us backward. I hope that readers will apply the information contained in this book in a way that enables hope, instead of despair. I hope that my readers will draw on the great aspects of our Christian heritage and find creative solutions to pull this into the present. Let’s review problems only to increase our capacity to develop solutions. Together we can rebuild our future.

My book is available now in PRINT on Amazon and at for $15 and $14 respectively. It’s available as an eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple for their respective devices for $7.99. Click here to buy your copy on Amazon or here to find it for a different e-reader. Thank you for your support.