Notes: Module 1 Definitions Christian World Views November 16, 2012 Some Terms to Think About: Free Will: Personal choice that is not simply determined by physical forces. Neither free will nor determinism can be proven scientifically. Reality assumptions in our worldviews turn our heads toward accepting free will or determinism. Therefore, it is important to test our worldview before broadcasting dogmatically in this area. Human Desire: It is difficult for any worldview to explain the human desire for truth, beauty, honor, justice, courage, love, heroism, and more. Such desire needs to be explained by competing worldviews and not just explained away . Ontology: This is a dreadful-sounding word that few of us use in our daily conversations. We could use the word metaphysics instead, but that is only slightly better. Ontology refers to the study of ultimate reality and being—what is out there. Presupposition: A pre-belief, a belief held prior to gathering a lot of evidence on the matter. “I suppose this is the way things are.” Worldview: Weltanschauung is the German loanword for worldview: the German welt means “world,” and anshauung means “perception.” Even in other countries people are talking about worldviews! I would not ordinarily give you this word, but you will see it in many books. Christian world and life view: A worldview is not just a list of beliefs but a living view; not just an academic endeavor but a personal one as well. Your Christian beliefs are first and foremost personal, affecting not just your mind but all of you and your daily life. Open-mindedness: To be open-minded means to be open to something other than what you already believe. Not one of us is perfect in knowing truth. Therefore, being open-minded to other possibilities for truth is a continuing self-test in your discovery of truth. You can still hold strongly to your beliefs, but you must be humble enough to keep your mind open to other possibilities.
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