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What in the World is a Worldview?

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What in the World is a Worldview?

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  1. What in the World is a Worldview?

  2. Definition The Germans coined the term using Weltanschauung (world outlook) in the 1930s “A framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual interprets the world and interacts with it”

  3. Components of a World View • Origins (Where did I come from?) • Ontology (Who am I?) • Purpose (Why am I here?) • Epistemology (How do I know?) • Morals and Ethics (What am I to do?) • Ethics: What I ought to do • Morals: What I actually do • Aesthetics (What is good or beautiful?) • Eschatology (Where am I going)

  4. Getting a World View • Education – Formal and informal • Language • Family and Friends • Culture – Popular and High • Philosophy • Religion • Experience

  5. ATHEISM • Or: Eternal Matter • On: Collection of Matter • P: None • Ep: Experience • M/E: Make a life • A: Eye of the Beholder • Es: Death RICHARD DAWKINS, CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, SAM HARRIS

  6. Pantheism • Or: Eternal Spirit • On: Spirit and matter • P: Reintegration • Ep: Internal knowledge • M/E: Karma • A: Spiritual • Es: Reincarnation HINDUISM, BUDDHISM, NEW AGE, SPIRITISM, GNOSTICISM

  7. Polytheism • Or: gods created • On: matter and spirit • P: Placate the gods • Ep: Experience • M/E: Cultural Code • A: Nature/Images • Es: Hades, Valhalla Classical Paganism, Wiccan, Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism

  8. Monotheism • Or: Created • On: Personhood • P: Fellowship or Submission to God • Ep: Revelation • M/E: Revelation • A: Accords with Revelation • Es: Eternal Life Judaism, Christianity, Islam