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  • 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
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    1. 1. Worldview Learning to see the world with God’s eyes
    2. 2. Pop Quiz• Fastest way to travel 15 miles?
    3. 3. Pop Quiz• The best way to send a message?
    4. 4. Pop Quiz• Most valuable thing in the world?
    5. 5. Pop Quiz• When does life begin?
    6. 6. Pop Quiz• When does a 10 AM class start?
    7. 7. Pop Quiz• What is the best way to communicate love?
    8. 8. Pop Quiz• The best way to learn something?
    9. 9. Pop Quiz• Is it important to get a college degree?
    10. 10. Pop Quiz• When should children move out of their parents house?
    11. 11. Worldview• What is it?• Why is it important?• How does it inform and transform our faith?
    12. 12. 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.
    13. 13. 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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    15. 15. What forms it?• Culture - Language - Shared Stories - Folktales, legends, and myths - Symbols and Art - Media - Technology• Family of Origin• Knowledge• Conflict
    16. 16. 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?
    17. 17. Worldview Test• Coherence • Existential• Mean • Competition• Power and Scope • Predictive• Correspondence• Verification• Pragmatic
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    19. 19. What is Next?• Session 2 - The Leap of Doubt• Session 3 - The Reason for Faith• Session 4 - The World Will Never be the Same
    20. 20. Worldview The Leap of Doubt
    21. 21. 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.
    22. 22. Can there be just one?• Outlaw religion• Condemn religion• Keep it private• Respect in whole practice
    23. 23. What about suffering?• Evil and suffering are not evidence against God• Evil and suffering may be evidence for God• Life of Christ• Redemption, suffering, and resurrection
    24. 24. What about Truth?• Truth is unavoidable• Community cannot be completely inclusive• Christianity is not culturally rigid• Freedom is not simple• Love is more constraining than we might think
    25. 25. What about the Church?• Flaws in practice• Religion and violence• Fanaticism• The Biblical critique of religion• Justice in Jesus’ name
    26. 26. What about Hell?• A God of judgment cannot exist• A God of judgment cannot love• Hell and equality• Hell and love
    27. 27. What about Science?• Miracles and science cannot coexist• Science and Christianity in conflict• Evolution disproves the Bible• Healing the world
    28. 28. What about the Bible?• You cannot take the Bible literally• You cannot take the Bible historically• You cannot trust the Bible culturally
    29. 29. Next Week• The Reason for Faith
    30. 30. Worldview The Reasons for Faith
    31. 31. 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.
    32. 32. The Clues of God• Mysterious bang• Regularity of nature• Clue of beauty• Cognitive faculties
    33. 33. The Knowledge of God• Concept of moral obligation• The problem• Issue of human rights• The argument
    34. 34. The Problem of Sin• The meaning of sin• Personal consequences of sin• Social consequences of sin• Cosmic consequences of sin
    35. 35. Religion and the Gospel• Two forms of self centeredness• The difference of grace• The threat of grace
    36. 36. The Cross• Real forgiveness is costly suffering• Real love is a personal exchange
    37. 37. The Reality of the Resurrection• Empty Tomb• Witnesses• Resurrection and immortality• A new worldview
    38. 38. Next Week• The World Will Never be the Same
    39. 39. Worldview The world will never be the same
    40. 40. 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.
    41. 41. What is it?
    42. 42. Crisis of Faith• The call to grow• The fear of loss• The opportunity of thriving
    43. 43. Critical Thinking• Understand the crisis• Identify and evaluate sources• Synthesize information• Solidify solution• Continue to follow
    44. 44. Faith and Knowledge• Faith seeking understanding• Imperfect trying to understand the perfect• Knowledge is not negative• Humility is key• God gives us the “right” to be wrong
    45. 45. Circles of Importance Pure Speculation Not Important Important but not Essential Essential for Orthodoxy Essential for Salvation
    46. 46. Where to Go From Here?• Examine your motives• Counting the cost• Taking inventory• Making the move• Committing to community
    47. 47. The Trauma of Grace• It is mind blowing• It is costly• It is beautiful• It is truly amazing