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Notes: Module 1 Lecture 1 What is a Worldview? Christian World Views November 12, 2012 Introduction: What guides a person's decision-making? This question may seem abstract and philosophical, but it is actually very practical. When decisions need to be made, are there guidelines to follow? Everyday decisions, as well as abstract and philosophical decisions, are influenced by one's worldview. For example, deciding which political party to support, choosing how to make financial decisions, and many other practical matters are decided on by one's worldview. After reading the first few pages of the Cosgrove (2006) text, several questions may have come to mind. Is this a philosophy course? Is it a religion course? What exactly is a worldview, again? Why does any of this matter? Most people who encounter the concept of worldview first do so during their college education. But even as adults, few people take the time to think about, examine, and identify their own worldview. Many consider the topic too heavy or too philosophical, yet whether it is perceived or not, each person has a worldview that impacts their life. Decisions are all determined by a person's worldview. If people understand their own decision making process and can explain it, they are well on their way to understanding and articulating their worldview. What is a Worldview? There are many different definitions for worldview. The text defines worldview as "a set of assumptions about reality that affect how we think and how we live" (Cosgrove, 2006, p. 19). Here are two other definitions: · "It is a conceptual framework, pattern, or arrangement of a person's beliefs. The best worldviews are comprehensive, systematic, and supposedly true views of life and the world" (Nash, 1999, p. 13). · "A worldview is a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic make-up of our world" (Sire, 1988, p. 17).
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