Twilight Zone Worldview Lessons

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man.
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.
It is the middle ground between light and shadow,
between science and superstition,
and it lies between the pit of man’s fears
and the summit of his knowledge.
This is the dimension of imagination.
It is an area which we call the
Twilight Zone.

The thing about The Twilight Zone series, and particularly these episodes below, is that the twists that happen get you deep in the gut. They challenge what you know about reality, and make you ask the right questions. Even now, just looking at the stillshots taken from the episodes, I feel the tension the story elicited when I first saw the episode.

Have fun. You are now entering…The Twilight Zone.

Many of these videos have to do with Paradigm Shifts, where what you thought was real is not what is real. This is a big question in philosophy:

What is real?
What is the final reality?
What is that from which everything else comes?
How can I know?

These are some of the questions we will be dealing with in these lessons.

Cartoon_ParadigmUsing the following videos, you can prepare your students for the big ideas they will face in life. These lesson plans address the Christian worldview versus the status-quo worldview. (See note at bottom for how to find these videos online.)

“Eye of the Beholder” Lesson Plan (season 2 episode 6)

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“Five Characters In Search of an Exit” Lesson Plan (season 3 episode 14)

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“It*s a Good Life” Lesson Plan (season 3 episode 8)

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“On Thursday We Leave for Home” Lesson Plan (season 4 episode 16)

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“People Are Alike All Over” Lesson Plan (season 1 episode 25)

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“The Obsolete Man” Lesson Plan (season 2 episode 29)

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“To Serve Man” Lesson Plan (season 3 episode 24)

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“Where is Everybody?” Lesson Plan (season 1 episode 1)

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Revisions (Stargate SG-1) Lesson Plan (season 7 episode 5)

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(WHERE TO WATCH THESE VIDEOS: Some of these can be viewed for free on Youtube. Most of them are free with Amazon Prime On demand. Some can be purchased for $2 each on iTunes or Amazon Video. Alternately they are found in compilations such as THIS ONE on Amazon.)

After you have studied these videos with your kids/students you will know how to analyze the ideas Twilight Zone addresses. You may want to occasionally take a look at other episodes, and dissect those as well. Here is the list of all the early Twilight Zone episodes. Keep an eye on this webpage. I will be updating the lesson plans to make it a more comprehensive worldview set of plans, and will send members news as the lessons become live.

Other Resources

Worldview PPT (coming soon)

“Windows of the Soul” Lesson Plan

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A Worldview’s Structure  (coming soon)

Presuppositions (coming soon)

General Revelation (coming soon)

The Trinity (coming soon)

What is Morality? (coming soon)

Music (coming soon)

Television (coming soon)

The Matrix Trilogy Lesson Plans (coming soon)

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note: Much of the material here was originated by teacher Darren Hom and posted years ago on Teachbible.com, now offline. It has been reposted here with his permission.