Six Characteristics Which Make Up a Good Worldview

by Rob Lundberg

Have you ever realized that you have a  worldview?  It may be a Christian worldview, an atheistic worldview, or one that believes in many gods or that all is god.  You might be thinking, whoa wait a minute, what on earth is a worldview?

There are a variety of definitions that are presented by different authors.  One of the more popular writers on the subject of worldviews is James Sire, who states that “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. If you look at Sire’s definition worldviews can be true or they can be false.  They can be consistent or inconsistent.   We can embrace them consciously and volitionally; or we can embrace a little bit from one worldview, and a little from another worldview without even thinking that what we believe is consistent or sound.  Again, the question is not about everyone having a worldview.  We know that everyone has a worldview.  The question is whether or not the worldview that you embrace is a good one or not.

Take for example the questions, “Where do I come from? (Origin); “Why am I here?” (Meaning); “How can I change?” (Condition); and “Where am I going?” (Destiny).  Each of these questions all fit the specific definition of Sire’s definition.  Is it possible to have an inconsistent worldview?  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?”  Here is a set of criteria that I found in a great source by Ravi Zacharias that will help in the framing of your worldview…


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