The Shape of Reality
by Anthony Weber
“Any benefit that people get from religion – any power it has to fulfill them emotionally or motivate them morally – comes from the conviction that it is first of all true.” Nancy Pearcey, Saving Leonardo
The Christian worldview claims to provide a rational, compelling presentation and defense of the Christian faith. Through reason, revelation (of the natural and supernatural world) and experience, we search for knowledge about God and His creation. This accumulation of knowledge is not simply a process of absorbing dull facts; it’s the way in which we access foundational, transformative truth.
Christian theologians and philosophers claim to say something profoundly true about human experience. The message is both explained and confirmed in numerous ways: archaeology; historical documents; eyewitness testimony; deductive, inductive, and abductive arguments; philosophy and transcendent personal experiences. But if the truth claims of the Christian faith don’t actually explain our existence truthfully and meaningfully, none of these things matter.
“Your worldview has to have the same shape that reality does.” – J. Budziszewski
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There are many significant questions that all belief systems have to address in their attempt to fully engage with the reality of our existence:
- Why is there something rather than nothing?
- How did the universe start?
- How did life begin?
- Why does there appear to be design in the universe?
- Does free will exist?
- Do moral truths exist?
- What does it mean to be human?
- How do we explain pain, evil and injustice?
- Why is there beauty?
All worldviews have something to say about these issues, and they all claim to speak truth. The question is whether or not their claims actually match our experience and knowledge of the world, giving fulfilling answers to the deepest questions in life. Those who embrace false views of reality will live and believe in a way that simply does not match the shape of reality…
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