Critical Thinking Assignment
Question of Origin
Of the three prominent worldviews, Buddhists are Pantheists; they have no personal God or
deity. Instead, they believe that God and the Universe are one (Weider and Gutierrez). They also
believe the world has no beginning (Things are created repeatedly through time), middle, and
end. Buddhism was split from Hinduism because of the disagreements about the roots and goals
(Carner and Hindson).
Question of Identity
Most Buddhists believe once the physical body is gone so should the mind. Buddhists believe
after the physical body leaves, the mind stays. The Buddhists aim to have the mind leave along
with the body. They believe they are not separate minds/beings.
Question of Meaning/Purpose
It is not as important to have a purpose of being on Earth as it is to escape to attain Nirvana.
They rely on Buddha’s Four Truths: Suffering is life, desires cause suffering, to stop suffering,
you must first stop desire, stop desire with the Eightfold Path (Carner and Hindson).
Question of Morality