Individuals reason on the basis of worldview assumptions with their minds, but they also commit to assumptions with their hearts. - A Closer Look at Faith o considering explicitly religious worldviews, the influence of faith is easier to recognize. For example, people who believe in God will tend to develop other convictions openly on the foundational belief in a deity. When it comes to how individuals analyze and support their worldviews, they draw from the core belief that God exists. They may not be able to prove God’s existence beyond the shadow of a doubt, but their commitment to this belief affects other areas of their worldviews, such as questions about the origins of the universe and humankind. - Framework for Understanding and Interpretation o Third, worldviews form the conceptual framework that enables a person to make sense of information that is gathered through observation and experience. Whenever a person looks at the world and begins taking in information, that person intuitively processes the data in order to develop useful understandings. o People pass judgment on what they see and hear at the same time that they are processing information to gain understanding. The process of gathering knowledge about the world always involves the application of values, and those values represent a key aspect of each person’s worldview. - Private and Shared Worldviews o Private worldview describes an individual’s personal view of the world that is shaped by that individual’s life story, experience, social and cultural context, and relationships. Before understanding what is happening, a person will begin thinking and acting by forming patterns of underlying beliefs and by refining those beliefs. Therefore, worldviews influence thought and shape behavior long before people are even capable of saying words like “worldview.” As a private phenomenon, worldview includes the influence of a person’s life experiences on certain worldview assumptions. Because all people have key influences in their lives, uncovering these influences will help in discovering their worldview assumptions. To a large degree, this is a matter of reflecting on one’s personal story. o Shared worldview, focuses on the shared foundational convictions and practices of a group. Shared worldview refers to a set of foundational assumptions that groups of individuals hold in common.
As a shared phenomenon, worldview includes the influence of peers, society, culture, group affiliation, upbringing, and education. Shared worldviews, however, are not merely the product of passive conditioning as if nurture in every case trumps nature and personal choice. Worldviews also are shared in the sense that people tend to affiliate with others of like mind and conviction. As a result, shared worldviews typically involve shared beliefs. These beliefs may be religious or they may relate to philosophical understandings, political ideology, or moral convictions.
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