Worldview Thinking: Worldview Thinking The Importance of Worldview Thinking Five Central Worldview Beliefs Four Essential Worldview Questions The Importance of Worldview Thinking: The Importance of Worldview Thinking Dalat Mission Statement? : Dalat Mission Statement? Education for life founded on a biblical worldview. Slide 4: What is a Worldview? “A worldview contains a person’s answers to the major questions in life…” Ronald Nash “Life’s Ultimate Questions”: “A worldview contains a person’s answers to the major questions in life…” Ronald Nash “Life’s Ultimate Questions” Slide 7: “the comprehensive framework of one's basic beliefs about things and their relationships .” Ronald Nash Slide 8: “A world view is a set of presuppositions (or assumptions) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic makeup of our world.” James Sire To Think About: To Think About Name some of the "things" about which it is possible to have a belief, then distinguish them into trivial and significant beliefs . Slide 10: “Our choices are shaped by what we believe is real and true, right and wrong, good and beautiful. Our choices are shaped by our worldview .” Charles Colson What makes a Good Worldview?: What makes a Good Worldview? It needs to be comprehensive. It needs to be systematic. It needs to contains supposedly true views of life and of the world. So What is a Worldview?: So What is a Worldview? “the comprehensive framework of one's basic beliefs about things and their relationships …” “..it is also the means by which we interpret and judge reality .” A Worldview function much like Eye Glasses!: A Worldview function much like Eye Glasses! Correct Worldview?: Correct Worldview? Can help put our world into clear focus. Incorrect Worldview? Can lead to a distortion of reality. Stubbornness: Stubbornness Can be a result of your World View! Five Central Worldview Beliefs: Five Central Worldview Beliefs God Metaphysics (ultimate reality) Epistemology (knowledge) Ethics Anthropology (human nature) God?: God? What are some basic questions about God ? What does the person believe about the existence of God? What is God’s relationship with nature? Is God personal? Can He be known? If so, how may He be known? What are God’s attributes? Metaphysics?: Metaphysics? What are some basic questions about ultimate reality? What is the relationship between God and the universe ? Is the universe eternal or was there a beginning? Are miracles possible? Is the cosmos material, spiritual, or something else? What is real? Epistemology?: Epistemology? What are some basic questions about knowledge? Is knowledge of the world possible? Can we trust our senses? Is truth relative? What is the relationship between religious faith and reason? Is the scientific method the only or perhaps best method of knowledge? Ethics: Ethics What are some basic questions about moral judgments? Are their moral laws that govern human conduct? What are they? Are these moral laws the same for everyone? Is morality subjective? Are moral laws discovered or legislated? Is morality relative to individuals, cultures, or historical periods? Anthropology?: Anthropology? What are some basic questions about the nature of human beings? Are human beings free, or are they determined? Are human beings only bodies or material beings? How is the soul related to the body? Does death end the existence of the human person? Are humans good or evil? Are there rewards and punishment after death? Four Essential Worldview Questions: Four Essential Worldview Questions Who am I? - what is the nature, task and significance of human beings ? Where am I? - what is the origin and nature of the reality in which human beings find themselves What's wrong? - how can we account for the distortion and brokenness in this reality? What's the remedy? - how can we alleviate this brokenness, if at all?