the social sciences, history, literature, and philosophy during the modern era.Christianity may be offered as a concrete example of a shared worldview that is rooted in religious conviction. At the heart of the Christian worldview are certain core beliefs that have been shared by Christians since the days of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. These core beliefs are expressed succinctly in the Nicene Creed, which waspenned in the fourth century AD. Other worldviews may be shared as well. In some cases, shared worldviews relate to a major world religion such as Islam, Judaism, or Buddhism but nonreligious convictions may also provide a basis for shared worldview. A philosophy like naturalism or a political ideology like Marxism, for example, can provide a substantial basis of shared understandings and convictions. Individuals within all of these groups may disagree at some points, but they will tend to unite and interact with one another based on that which they hold in common.Finally, it is important to note that one does not need to choose between private and shared worldviews in attempting to understand the influence of underlying assumptions. Individuals are a product of both their environments and their choices; therefore, worldviews take form as a result of private and shared influences (Sire, 2004). Recognizing that both types of influence shape the ways people see, think, and live should prove helpful by providing a more balanced and complete picture of the dynamics that shape worldview.Group dynamics are notoriously complex and, in the case of worldviews, people may identify with multiple groups. To the degree that an individual identifies with a particular group, that individual’s private worldview will be consistent with the shared worldview; however, the opposite is also true. For instance, a person who merely self-identifies as a Hindu has not yet offered much detail about his or her personal convictions or private practices because, typically, Hinduism describes a world
religion with millions of adherents who are incredibly diverse in matters of thought and practice. In general, one who intends to understand private and shared worldviews will be wise to explore both private and shared assumptions carefully.Nicene CreedThe Nicene Creed, which appears below, is a collection of belief statements that affirm the essential beliefs of the Christian worldview. Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, as well as Protestants would all affirm the beliefs claimed in the creed.I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again,
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