Friday, March 20, 2015

Simplistic Worldview?

I was thinking about the different kinds of worldview we have even in a small group like my CG.

In reference to Wikipedia, "a comprehensive worldview is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society's knowledge and point of view. A world view can include natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics."

In Norman Geisler's Worlds Apart, A Handbook on Worldviews, he said a worldview "is the framework through which you see and the basis on which you decide."

I am not sure if worldview is too large a word to describe the differences we have. But it is sure difficult to proceed on with our bible study sometimes because we get stuck discussing different views and thinking.

In Geisler's book he discussed these worldviews:

1. Theism: A World Plus an Infinite God
2. Atheism: A World Without God
3. Pantheism: A World That Is God
4. Panentheism: A World in God
5. Deism: A World on Its Own Made by God
6. Finite Godism: A World with a Finite God
7. Polytheism: A World with More Than One God

Are these all the worldviews we have? The differences in thought in my CG was within one worldview, the first one. Sub-views then? And what do you call a simplistic worldview?


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