Case-Making 101: Do Worldviews Matter?

by Teri Dugan

“They need to know that everyone embraces one philosophy or another-a worldview that defines his or her conception of the world, of reality, and of human life. These beliefs are woven into movies-often in subtle ways that viewers miss. That is why it’s so important that we teach our kids how to find the worldview message in every film.” -Chuck Colson on Worldview awareness when viewing films.

Chuck Colson has been a strong advocate for understanding Worldviews. Click here: breakpoint.org for Worldview research, commentaries, audio broadcasts, videos and resources by Chuck, Eric Metaxas, John Stonestreet and others.

Click here to check out Brian Godawa’s insightful book called Hollywood Worldviews, Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment.”

What is a Worldview?

When I look at my life now, compared to 15-20 years ago, I can see how drastically my Worldview has changed. The things that I think are important and that I like to spend my time on today would in no way be a part of my life back then, and visa versa. Why does that happen? I believe that when we decide to walk with Christ our interests, perspectives and attitudes change and we see the world differently. I think that, at least in part, this is what it means to be born again.

We all have a Worldview but many people do not realize it. A Worldview is our set of beliefs and presuppositions. What we believe to be true in the following areas form the foundation of our Worldview:

  • God’s existence
  • Humanity
  • Purpose
  • Duty
  • Truth
  • Society
  • Education
  • Science
  • Aesthetics
  • Destiny

Let’s look at the difference between a Christian Worldview and a secular Worldview…

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