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  • Worldviews
    Studies of ReligionMr Elliott
  • Do we all see the world the same way?
    What influences the way we look at our experiences?
    How do these influences change the way we would answer the BIG questions?
    This is our WORLD VIEW
  • What impacts on our Worldview?
    Family
    History
    Experience
    Geography
    Wealth
    Culture
    Religion
  • The BIGQuestions
    Why are we here on earth?
    Where did the order in the universe come from?
    Why do people (good people) suffer?
    How can I be happy?
    What happens to me when I die?
    What happens to odd socks that disappear in the wash?
  • Some World Views
    Semitic (Islam, Christianity, Judaism)
    Eastern (Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto)
    Individualism (or hedonism)
    Captialism
    Communism
    Humanism
    Consumerism
    Scientific Rationalism
  • Paris Hilton Worldview
    Shopping =Happiness
    I am photographed:
    Therefore I am
    Looks are everything
  • Features of a Religious Worldview
    Acknowledges a supernatural reality
    Is ordered and purposeful
    Is concerned for universal ‘good’
    Seeks wisdom and understanding
    Promotes discipline and ethics
    Believes rituals to be imbued with power
    Holds life reverently – is life-centric
  • Semitic World View
    God is creator – ultimate, one, omnipotent
    History is linear
    God and the universe is just
    Humans imperfect and trying to grow perfect
    God enters and moves in human history
  • Eastern Worldview
    Many or no gods
    Humans are ignorant of the true meaning of life
    Reality is cyclic, relative and illusory
    Dualism of the physical and non-physical
    Karma
    The universe is uninterested in the experience of humanity
    Life is eternal (this is a bad thing!)
  • Recent disruption to World Views
    Renaissance
    Enlightenment (European)
    Industrial Revolution
    World Wars I and II
    Hiroshima
    1960s (dissent, individualism, the moon)
    Computers / Internet
    September 11 2001
  • Question
    Is a religious worldview
    incompatible with
    contemporary cultures
    and a modern life?