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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 [&hellip

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How to test a worldview (part 2)

A second test for a worldview is that it doesn’t have contradictions. If something is logically inconsistent, it cannot be true. Refer to the dictionary definition of truth: “conformity to knowledge, fact, actuality, or logic.” For example, you can’t be a married bachelor. Or take Secular Humanism’s stance on ethics, or how to behave, which [&hellip

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Can a worldview be useful but not true?

I read a blog from Chuch Colson at BreakPoint that fits perfectly into the question of whether a worldview is true or not.  There is an atheist who argues that even though Christianity may not be true it is useful for a good society.  Read the blog “Fillet of Faith” http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry

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How to test a worldview (part 1)

People can believe whatever they want, but that doesn’t make it true. I can believe that I can fly, but when I fall off the roof instead of zooming through the sky, the truth (and the ground) smacks me in the face. So it is with worldviews. You can believe what you want—but is it [&hellip

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What fundamental questions do worldviews answer?

Let’s conclude the explanation of worldview components.  All worldviews have to answer fundamental questions. These are questions that all people ponder—issues that are universal to all humans. The questions that all want answered are: Where did we come from? Why are we here? What can we do about evil and suffering? And what happens when [&hellip

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Do worldview maps show you right & wrong?

What is right and wrong?  How do we decide?  Is there anything wrong with anything?  As we continue to examine worldview components, we come upon their ethical stance.  All worldviews have beliefs about how to live. Recall that according to atheism, no God exists. Furthermore, Secular Humanism believes that there is no supernatural realm, just [&hellip

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What does the worldview map show?

Let’s continue to discuss the components of a worldview. All worldviews have beliefs about reality and the source of everything. Another term for this is a philosophy. Some believe in naturalism—the belief that reality is only comprised of matter, or natural things, with no supernatural realm. Everything that exists is just what we see in [&hellip

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Where does the worldview map start?

Continuing from the last blog about worldviews: If a worldview is the truth claims that explain the world and reality, like a map, what are these specific claims? First, all begin with religious or philosophical assumptions—even if they claim not to. If we do not grasp this fact, we miss a key witnessing opportunity when [&hellip

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What is a worldview?

If you want to defend the Christian faith to anyone, whether they are a Muslim or an atheist, you need to understand their worldview. A worldview is the truth claims that explain the world and reality. It helps people make sense of the world, like a map, so they can navigate through life. The worldview [&hellip

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Does suffering prove that God doesn’t exist?

Earlier I wrote about how the Liam Neeson film The Grey is an atheist parable showing that suffering proves that God doesn’t exist.  This week the high school where I teach, Milwaukee Lutheran, experienced incredible suffering–one of our sophomores died in her sleep. This girl, an active dance squad and track team member, went to bed and [&hellip

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