Outlaw Religion - One way to deal with the divisiveness of religion has been to control or forbid it. Religion as a evolution crutch. This does not work. Nearly all religions are growing in number of adherents. Persecution of religion almost makes it stronger. Condemn Religion - Use education and arguments as means of lessing it’s influence. The phrase “all religions are the same.” It is inconsistent. Keep it private - Religion should be kept out of the public sphere. The problem is a belief in only human’s is humanism and is a form or “worship” or religion. Respect in whole practice - Christians had within their belief system the strongest possible resource for practicing sacrificial service, generosity, and peace-making. At the very heart of their view of reality was a man who died for his enemies, praying for their forgiveness.
Evil and suffering are not evidence against God - God can’t exist because evil exist. The problem with this perspective is that just because you can’t see or imagine a good reason why God might allow something to happen doesn’t mean there can’t be one. Evil and suffering may be evidence of God - Why would there be good? Life of Christ - Christ acknowledged the evil while demonstrating hope in God’s goodness. Redemption, suffering, and resurrection - Resurrection is not a future that is just a consolation for the life we never had but a restoration of the life you always wanted.
Truth is unavoidable - There are some times of foundational definers to life. The question really is who is the arbiter of the truth. Community cannot be completely inclusive - by nature of belief there are those who must not-believe. Christianity is not culturally rigid - Core with adaptable forms Freedom is not simple - mistakes happen Love is more constraining than we might think - You have to lose independence to attain greater intimacy. Freedom is not the absence of limitations and constraints but it is finding the right ones, those that fit our nature and liberate us.
Flaws in practice - We have to address the behavior of Christians - individual and corporate - that has undermined the plausibility of Christianity. Religion and violence - Belief that orthodox religion leads to violence. Russian, Chinese, and Cambodian regimes reject Christianity yet have massive violence. Fanaticism - People who seem to go off the deep end. Overbearing, self-righteous, opinionated, insensitive, and harsh. That is not Christ. The Biblical critique of religion - Jesus and the prophets’ critique, self-righteous religion marked by insensitivity to issues of social justice, while true faith is marked by profound concern for the poor and marginalized. Justice in Jesus’ name - this means that the responsibility of Christ followers is to mirror truth of God’s reign in the world.
A God of judgement cannot exist - How can we know this? What about evil? A God of judgement cannot love - All loving people are sometimes filled with wrath. Hell and equality - God allows people to have what they want. Both the Christian and the secular person believe that self-centeredness and cruelty have very harmful consequences. Christians believe that those consequences follow the person. Hell and love - Love has boundaries and cares for others.
Science has disproved Christianity Miracles by nature are outside the normal pattern of behavior. Science can’t explain everything and can be compatible with Christianity. Evolution - If evolution is elevated to the status of a worldview of the way things are, then there is direct conflict with biblical faith. But if “evolution” remains at the level of scientific biological hypothesis, it would seem that there is little reason for conflict between the implications of Christian belief in the Creator and the scientific explorations of the way which- at the level of biology - God has gone about his creating process. David Atkinson, The Message of Genesis 1-11 (IVP, 1990), p.31. Miracles should be hard to believe in. John the Baptist. Our focus should not be the miracles but the healing of the world via the power of the Spirit working in us. That is something that science should take note in.
Literally - Founded because they do not know the Bible. They assume it has too many errors. Historically - Recorded too early to be legends. Too counterproductive for the gospels to be legends. Too detailed to be legend. Culturally - Some text many not teach what they first appear. “based on an unexamined belief in the superiority of their historical movement over all others. We must not universalize our time any more than we should universalize our culture.” p115 Reason for God
Worldview Learning to see the world with God’s eyes
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Worldview• What is it?• Why is it important?• How does it inform and transform our faith?
Definition• 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.
Definition• Worldview provides the unexamined underpinning from perception and the nature of reality as experienced by individuals who share a common culture. Multicultural Assessment Perspectives for Professional Psychology
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What forms it?• Culture - Language - Shared Stories - Folktales, legends, and myths - Symbols and Art - Media - Technology• Family of Origin• Knowledge• Conflict
Questions It Answers?• Is there a god and what is he like?• What is the nature and origin of the universe?• What is the nature and origin of man?• What happens to man after death?• Where does knowledge come from?• What is the basis of ethics and morality?• What is the meaning of human history?
Worldview Test• Coherence • Existential• Mean • Competition• Power and Scope • Predictive• Correspondence• Verification• Pragmatic
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What is Next?• Session 2 - The Leap of Doubt• Session 3 - The Reason for Faith• Session 4 - The World Will Never be the Same