Worldviews, Fails, & The Most Important Thing of All


I was supposed to post today, but I failed.  Well, I failed up till now.  Wow, I failed so much I even failed at failing.  Oh well, I better make this quick, so I don’t fail even at that.

Last wednesday Mrs. Igniscient posted a recommendation of the book “What’s Your Worldview”.  I followed through & behold, I also hold the Christian worldview (though I did briefly explore Pelagianism due to an ambiguity in the question that divided it from Christianity).

But I wanted to clarify, in case anyone actually reads this stuff, what a worldview is.  A worldview is essentially how one understands reality & their place in it.

Ravi Zacharias says there are 4 main questions that a worldview has to deal with, concerning; 1) origins, 2) meaning, 3) morality, and 4) destiny.  Everyone has a worldview, whether they are aware of it or not, because everyone deals with these questions in some way.

1. Origins: How did I get here?  Well, that’s easy; from my parents.  But how did they get here?  From their parents, and so on.  But obviously that can’t go on forever; at some point in the past there is a non-parent answer to that question.  Did God start the whole thing?  Did nature start it?  And if nature started it, why did that happen?  Why is there anything at all?

2. Meaning: What is my purpose?  Why am I here?  Am I just trying to be happy before I die, or is there something greater?  Should I feel better if people remember me after I’m gone?  What about producing many descendents who go on through history?  How will any of that matter when I’m dead?  When we’re all dead?  Is life just some pointless science experiment by nobody for no reason; and when it’s over it will be as if nothing ever happened?  And who’s to say at that point that anything ever did happen?  Why should I even go on?

3. Morality: How should I live?  What are my obligations?  Do we have rights, and if so, on what authority?  What rights do we have?  Do we have the same rights?  Is it ok to judge others?  If not, how do you explain that judgment?  By what standard do we judge, or are we judged?  What consequences are there for my actions?

4. Destiny: What comes next?  What happens when we die?  Is heaven for real?  Should I trust a 4-year old to answer that question?

These questions affect not only how you perceive yourself & the world around you, but how you live your life.  Not only is it important to have satisfying answers to these four questions, but each of your answers should be consistent with each other.  If you think that man’s destiny is the grave & nothing more, it would be odd for you to hold that your purpose is to strive for the prosperity & perseverance of the human race.

If you haven’t thought about these things, I recommend you start.  What else have you been thinking about?  Is it worth it?  You might be wasting your time.  Aha, you are thinking about it, aren’t you?  Congratulations, you are a philosopher.  And to think, I paid money to be one & you snuck in for free!

Well, it turns out it’s after midnight, so I have indeed failed to fail at failing.  I’m a trifecta of fail.  But the most important thing of all is… nevermind, I’ll come back to this point later.


Random Apologetics – Which Worldview is Smarter?


Topic randomly selected from a list of apologetic questions.

#17. Is Christianity a less intelligent worldview than Atheism? Why or why not?

Ok, I think everyone knows what I’m going to say about this one. No Christianity is not a less intelligent worldview than Atheism. Well, if you guessed that answer, you’re only half right. I think it both is & is not less intelligent.

First the obvious (to Christians). Christianity is true; therefore how could it possibly be less intelligent than Atheism? Case closed!

Next the obvious (to Atheists). Christians can’t defend their beliefs & often don’t even think it’s important to do so; “you just have to have faith!” Regardless of the truth value, for those Christians who don’t think justification for their central beliefs is important, it is certainly a less intelligent worldview.

So really what we have are at least two distinct worldviews that include the beliefs of Christianity. One worldview accepts it uncritically, but the other worldview includes a deep commitment to truth (or the Truth), which causes those who hold this view to critically examine their beliefs to be sure that they have believed the truth. They have found the evidence for Christianity to be compelling & the Atheistic alternative severely lacking.

So I believe we are dealing with three worldviews in this question. The blind faith brand of Christianity is less intelligent than Atheism (though still preferable because it is still the truth); which is in turn less intelligent than the critical, thinking person’s Christianity (the kind of Christianity the NT writers like Paul & Luke could be proud of).