The Hitchhikers Guide to Worldview: What is a worldview?

In this new series, we will begin exploring some basics of various worldviews and how we ought to approach each of them. We call it the Hitchhikers guide mostly for fun, but the point is to cover topics lightly, while providing information for further study.

Introduction- What is a Worldview?

 

Perhaps the best place to start our series is by looking not at various worldviews, but by examining the question, “What is a Worldview?”

While there are numerous definitions, we choose to use the one provided by David Noebel and Jeff Myers from Summit Ministries.

 

Worldview: A pattern of ideas, beliefs, convictions, and habits that help us make sense of God, the world, and our relationship to God and the world.[1]

 

In other words, in most basic terms a worldview is how we view the world and God. Everyone has a worldview because everyone has ideas about God in and the world. This might mean that one believes the world is “Just something that exists” or that God is “Possibly someone or something” but these are still beliefs about the world and God.

 

Even atheists and agnostics have beliefs about God. One cannot choose not to have a worldview. You may choose not to spend time developing one, but this just means that someone else is helping form your worldview. If ideas are not your own, they are from someone else.

 

Why should you care?

Our ideas about the world shape the way we live. Ideas, by nature, have consequences. Bad ideas, then, often have victims. Looking at history shows that bad ideas can lead to things like the Nazism or the Communist regimes of the twentieth century, both of which were utopian visions. These groups slaughtered over 100 million people combined.[2]

Knowing your worldview, and understanding how you view the world and God, is critical to understanding how you ought to live. If you want the world to be a better place and want to live life in the fullest way, you need to understand your world and how it works.

 

 

[1] Myers, Jeff, and David A. Noebel. Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews. Manitou Springs, CO: Summit Ministries, 2015.

[2] R.J. Rummel, “Democide: Nazi Genocide and Mass Murder,” The University of Hawaii as cited by Myers, Noebel in Understanding the Times

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