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"What in the world is a "worldview" and why should it matter to me?" ...

"What in the world is a "worldview" and why should it matter to me?"

This is Lesson #2, entitled "War of the Worldviews". Here I cover what a worldview is, what the seven major worldviews are, and how each of them compares to Christian Theism.

In today's culture of pluralism and syncretism, having a solid understanding of worldviews in general, and of the Christian worldview in particular, is absolutely vital.

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    "The War Of The Worldviews" (by Intelligent Faith 315.com) "The War Of The Worldviews" (by Intelligent Faith 315.com) Presentation Transcript

    • “The War of theWorldviews”
    • What is a “World View”?A. It’s a way of viewing the world.B. It’s the mental glasses throughwhich one views reality.C. It’s the lense you look through tounderstand the world.D. It’s the intellectual frameworkwe use to make sense of everything.
    • The 7 Major World Views:1.Theism2. Deism3. Finite Godism4. Atheism5. Pantheism6. Panentheism7. Polytheism
    • Theism: God created All
    • 1. Theism: GOD created All• Basic Beliefs:• God createdthe world (He isTranscendent).• God sustainsthe world (He isImmanent).• God does super-natural acts.(miracles)• Proponents:• Judaism• Islam• Christianity• Augustine• Anselm• Aquinas• C. S. Lewis
    • Deism: God is beyond the World,but not in It
    • 2. Deism: God is beyondthe world, not in itBasic Beliefs:• God created the world (Transcendent).• God doesn’t sustain it (Not Immanent).• God does not do miracles.Proponents:• Francois-Marie Voltaire• John Toland• Thomas Jefferson• Thomas Paine
    • Finite Godism: God is beyondworld but is limited in powerand/or perfection
    • 3. Finite GodismBasic Beliefs:• Finite God created the world (modern)• Finite God forms and eternal world (ancient)• God does not completely control the world• Evil shows God is limited in power and/orperfection• God does not do miraclesProponents:• Plato• John Stewart Mill• Rabbi Kushner
    • Atheism: No God at All
    • 4. Atheism: No GodBasic Beliefs:No God, infinite or finite, existsEvil exists and is evidence against GodNo miracles are possible“God” is an illusion or projectionProponents:LucretiusFriedrich NietzscheSigmund FreudRichard Dawkins
    • Pantheism: God is All
    • Panentheism: God is in All
    • Polytheism: There aremany finite gods.
    • 3 Major World ViewsTheism Pantheism AtheismGod created all God is all No God at allMind made matter All is Mind All is matterGod is Personal God is impersonal No GodGod is knowable God is unknowable No GodLogic is grounded Logic is illusory Logic ungrnd.Morality grounded Morality is illusory Morality ungrnd.Evil has an answer Evil is an illusion Evil doesn’t existMany minds exist One Mind exists No minds existChris/Jud/Islam Hinduism/New Age Secular Humanism
    • Theism vs. DeismBeyond world Beyond world& in the world & not in the worldProblem: God did the big miracle(creation) but not smaller ones (likeresurrection)
    • Theism vs. Finite GodismInfinite GOD Finite godProblems:1. Contrary to principle of causality:“Every finite being needs a cause.”So, God would need a Cause (inwhich case He would not be Godbut a creature).
    • Theism vs. Finite GodismInfinite GOD Finite godProblems:1. Contrary to principle of causality:“Every finite being needs a cause.”greater than God (an infinite Being)3. No guarantee of victory over evil!(in which case evil is moreultimate than good)
    • Theism vs. AtheismGod exists No God existsProblems:1. There is no evidence for atheism.(“Evil” presupposes God)
    • Theism vs. AtheismGod exists No God existsProblems:1. There is no evidence for atheism.(Evil presupposes God)2. There is strong evidence against it(cosmological, teleological, andmoral arguments).
    • Theism vs. PantheismGod made all God is allI am not God I am GodEvil is real Evil isn’t realPhysical is real Physical is illusoryMorality exists Morality is illusoryLogic is grounded Logic ungrounded
    • Problems with Pantheism:1. 1. It denies sense experience, yetuses it to find and share truth.
    • Problems with Pantheism:1. 1. It denies sense experience, yet uses it tofind and share truth.2. 2. It claims we can change fromillusion to enlightenment;a. We can change.b. We are God.c. Yet God cannot change.
    • Problems with Pantheism:3. It recognizes the existence ofopposing views are equally true,3. yet claims they are an illusion.
    • Theism vs. PolytheismOne Infinite God Many finite godsProblems:1. Every finite needs and infiniteCause (Polytheistic gods need aCreator).2. A uni-verse needs a uni-Cause(the Anthropic Principle).
    • Theism vs. PanentheismMonopolar BipolarNo parts PartsInfinite FiniteIndependent DependentAbsolutely perfect Not perfectUnchanging Changing
    • The Problems with Panentheism1. God is self-caused which is impossible.2. God and world are mutually dependentwhich is impossible.3. God is changing which is not possiblewithout an unchanging basis for change(which would be more ultimate than God).4. God is not perfect (which demands aPerfect by which He is measured).
    • The Problems with Panentheism5. Their concept of change is incoherent, for--a. There is no continuity in the change.b. It is change w/o anything that changes.c. It is annihilation/recreation without aCreator to do the recreation.6. If God is temporal, then—a. He must have a beginning;b. He must be material;c. He must be running down (II Law).d. He can’t think faster than light.(the panentheistic God is a finite creature in needof a Infinite Creator)
    • Isaiah 44:6-22
    • “I will exalt you, my God and King, and praiseyour Name forever and ever. I will praise Youevery day; yes, I will praise You forever.Great is the LORD! He is most worthy ofpraise! No one can measure His Greatness.”- Psalm 145:1-3 (NLT)