In the Beginning was the Worldview
In the beginning was the worldview. Writer and philosopher G.K. Chesterton said, “In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don’t know it.”
- There are only people who have a worldview and know it, and those who have a worldview and don’t know it
(Popular blogger Jeff Goins echoes this sentiment in a post “What You Write About Doesn’t Matter as Much as you Think“.)
A worldview describes how you understand the fundamental nature of reality and aims to answer questions relating to:
Worldviews can be theistic as in the case of Christianity, or atheistic as in the case of naturalism. Your worldview establishes your preconceptions of reality and affects how you perceive future experiences.
Are all worldviews created equal? That depends on how highly you esteem truth.
- Logical consistency
- Empirical adequacy, and
- Experiential relevance.
These are the three tests for truth described by author and apologist Ravi Zacharias in his book Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality. [i]
Not so fast. We’re getting ahead of ourselves. It is no longer safe to assume a common belief that truth exists and is knowable. We have post-modernism and the rise of relativism to thank for this communication-degrading curveball. Pontius Pilate famously asked, “What is truth?” Seekers today are not wasting time with questions. It’s much easier to redefine concepts to make them fit their own desires. Unfortunately for them, a rose is just a rose, no matter how much they wish it to be an oak.
Today I have a Christian worldview. My desires are for peace. My responsibility is to war against our nation’s enemies. I am commanded to defend the faith. These elements of life cannot be reconciled without a coherent worldview.
- When we fail to understand our worldview, the world will fail to make sense
If we cannot understand the world, then we cannot help others in need of answers.
Shouldn’t we all want to help others? That depends on your worldview.
[i] Ravi Zacharias, Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality (New York: Faith Words, 2012), 33.