by Rob Lundberg
You hear a lot about the subject of world views and you may have run across some posts here at The Real Issue on world views. But repetition is always a good teacher, particularly when it comes to matters of truth and ministry.
There are a variety of definitions that are presented by different authors. When we look at the meaning of the worldview, my go to is James Sire's definition where he says that a worldview is "a worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions, that may be true, partially true, or false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides that foundation on which we live and move and have our being".
Another writer states that "a worldview is, first of all, an explanation and interpretation of the world, and second, an application of this view to life. In simpler terms, our worldview is a view of the world and a view for the world."
Having taught a couple of courses on worldviews, I like Sire's definition because of its specificity. Looking at that definition worldviews can be true or they can be false. When evaluating a worldview there are four major questions, even five, that you can use to evaluate a worldview very quickly. Depending who you speak to those answers will come out, like Sire's definition, either consistent or inconsistent. Everyone has a worldview. The question is whether or not the worldview that you embrace is a good one or not. So what are those questions?
Each of these questions all fit the specific definition of Sire's definition. Is it possible to have an inconsistent worldview? Yes. If you are a professing Christian, how would you answer those questions, and are each of the answers consistent with the previous questions? What does it mean to have a "good worldview?"
Let's look at those questions and let me ramble a bit on each of them. . .
There is the question of origin: "Where do I come from?"
Some folks like those who reject a supernatural worldview would say that we come by way of the primordial soup, kind of like a "from goo to you by way of the zoo." While there are others who will say that we come into being as a product of several reincarnations (Eastern religions). The Judeo-Christian worldview says that man is created in the image and likeness of God and that we have intrinsic value, which brings to the next question...
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