Ten questions everyone should ask themselves – the importance of knowing your worldview
by Dr. Peter Saunders
‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ said Socrates at his trial for heresy. Socrates was on trial for encouraging his students to challenge the accepted beliefs of the time and think for themselves.
My conclusion after twenty years of Christian ministry amongst university students is that most have unexamined lives. They neither challenge the accepted beliefs of our time nor think for themselves. Their beliefs are rather an inconsistent smorgasbord of borrowings from a variety of sources passively absorbed without proper evaluation.
Yet the presuppositions which we bring to the world are incredibly important and have profound implications for the way we live and for our search for meaning and purpose.
Everyone has a worldview (weltanschauung), a set of beliefs about ‘life, the universe and everything’ that determines the way they think and act in the world. Everyone has a worldview whether they admit it or not, or whether they have ever thought about it.
You can establish a person’s worldview by asking them the following set of questions:
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Why do humans have significance?
What are human beings?
What happens after death?
How do we decide what is right and wrong?
How can we discover truth?
Does God exist?
Dave Montoya’s excellent (though dated) on line survey can quickly establish someone’s worldview with these six questions in a multi-choice format.
On the basis on answers given to these questions most people can be grouped very broadly into three worldview categories: theist, atheist and pantheist…
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