There are many good reasons to be aware of the importance of worldview. Then, and only then, can one contemplate what their own worldview is and if and how they should alter it. That last means being willing to listen to ideas outside one’s current realm of beliefs. That is easier said than done, due to human nature, but it is critical. Your worldview may or may not be wrong, but you will never know it if you restrict your input to what you already agree with.
This is true across the board but can have a specific application when it comes to religion. It should come as no surprise that we will find major differences when comparing the worldviews of a steadfast Christian and an aggressive atheist. What may come as a surprise is the Judeo-Christian worldview that underpins a majority of those held by others, regardless of their religious position.
Those who sincerely desire to take an honest look at their own worldview should not be put off by a treatment that includes religious references. If that is not of interest to you, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of other benefits of a resource on worldview.
With that in mind, the following article offers a nice analysis of worldview written to help Christians but with much to offer anyone interested in the subject in general. While the basic idea of worldview can be stated pretty easily, the more we delve into it, the more variety we find in the details.Listening to ideas outside one's beliefs is easier said than done, due to human nature, but it is critical. Your worldview may or may not be wrong, but you will never know it if you restrict your input to what you agree with. Click To Tweet
Seven Questions to Start
The author, Joel Settecase, cites several major figures who each have their own particular lists of questions in determining a worldview. For instance: Where do we come from and where are we going? What happens to a person at death? Why is it possible to know anything at all? How do we know what is right and wrong? What is the meaning and purpose of life? You get the idea.
Settecase presents his own version as shown below. Under each he lists several relevant questions. Again, we believe these are appropriate for anyone, expressly religious or not. We have included a bit of our own commentary for each question to prompt reflection.
What is real?
In a world of fantasy and fiction, on page and screen, do we know what reality is? Can we know?
What is good?
That almost sounds like a loaded question. Everyone can easily have their own self-centered answer. Is there a better, more universal one?
What is true?
How many just channeled Pontius Pilate before Jesus? This is a big one we really need to get right.
What is man?
With today’s perverse confusion regarding sex and gender, agreement on this can be difficult even before getting to the existential sense.
What is the meaning?
What do we mean by that?
What is our destiny?
Good question, critical question, one we would be foolish to ignore.
Who is Jesus?
Same as above, especially since, as Christians, the two questions are intertwined.
Be sure to check out the article in full at Seven Worldview Questions.