Do you have worldview? The term worldview was used in the sense described by prominent German philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911). Dilthey affirmed that philosophy must be defined as a comprehensiveness vision of reality that involves the social and historical reality of humankind, including religion. A worldview is thus the nature and structure of the body of convictions of a group or individual. (1) Worldview includes a sense of meaning and value and principles of action. It is much more than merely an “outlook” or an “attitude.” Each person’s worldview is based on a key category, an organizing principle, a guiding image, a clue, or an insight selected from the complexity of his or her multidimensional experience. (2) Believe it or not, a worldview will impact our view of our vocation, our family, government, education, the environment, etc. A worldview also impacts ethical issues in our culture such as homosexuality, abortion, stem cell research etc. Remember, the issues of competing worldviews shape the past, present, and future of a nation.
Some of the fundamental questions that make up a worldview are the following:
•Creation: How did it all begin? Where did we come from?
•Fall: What went wrong? What is the source of evil and suffering?
•Redemption: What can we do about it? How can the world be set right again?
•Morality: What is the basis for morality? In other words, how do we know what is right and wrong?
•History: What is the meaning of history? Where is history going?
•Death: What happens to a person at death?
•Epistemology: Why is it possible to know anything at all?
•Ontology: What is reality? What is the nature of the external reality around us?
•Purpose: What is man’s purpose in the world?
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