arrangement of a person’s beliefs. The best worldviews are comprehensive, systematic, and supposedly true views of life and the world” (p. 13). One can note the key terms in the approach to worldview, such as conceptual , framework , and beliefs . Nash focuses on the mind and the assumptions that make up worldview and that drive beliefs, and his approach is more philosophical in nature. - Kenneth Samples (2007) defines worldview as “how one sees life and the world at large” (p. 20). Samples focuses primarily on how worldview affects one’s perspectives. Though each person holds to his or her worldview with commitment, Samples also emphasizes that one’s worldview commitments could be incorrect or could rest on faulty assumptions. - James Sire's (2004) definition serves as a more comprehensive picture of worldview, attempting to encompass as many elements of worldview studies as possible. o A commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in 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 constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being (p. 122). - A Set of Assumptions o First, note that worldviews are composed of assumptions that form something like a foundation for every individual. o Worldviews certainly provide an intellectual framework that enables the mind to make sense of data and interpret experience, but they are more fundamental than theories and philosophies. o An assumption is an underlying belief that is presupposed or presumed in advance of careful reason and reflection. A person’s fundamental assumptions serve as a framework for thoughtful analysis and judgment that make it possible to develop ideas and theories. When people interact with one another, they do not simply discuss ideas and opinions as if they have no preconceived notion about what they believe. They interact with others’ ideas and opinions on the basis of the ideas and opinions that they have already assumed to be true. - Commitment o Second, a worldview is composed of assumptions to which a person commits. It is difficult to overemphasize the significance of this aspect of a worldview. One does not hold to a set of assumptions coldly and dispassionately as if they are merely a matter of theoretical significance. These commitments form the basis for the conceptual and imaginative world in which a person thinks and feels, lives and breathes, and acts and interacts with others.
o It is important to note that a worldview relates to the whole person, not just the mind, in that it is shaped by an individual’s passions, beliefs, affections, and experiences in addition to the ideas that a person finds compelling.
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