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