How to test a worldview (part 3)

A third test for a worldview is whether it is useful or relevant in life. A Secular Humanist may state that there are no gods, no life after death, no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will. Since these implications stem from evolution—that the universe came about all by itself, without design or purpose—what is the benefit of following this worldview? Some may argue, since there’s no God, we can live as we please. However, in reality, we can’t all just live as we please. How do we decide what is right and wrong? If each person decides, what happens when one wants to steal and another says that such behavior is wrong? And if society decides what is right and wrong, what happens when one society disagrees with another? Would there be any moral justification for stopping another Adolf Hitler? We need to understand that if a worldview isn’t helpful in life, it is like a map with huge holes in it.

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