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Worldview Essay

1916 words - 8 pages

Ella Washington 
Apologetics 104 week 3
 June, 4/2012
 What is a worldview? :
In my opinion a worldview is one's perception of the world, and how it affects the manner in which he/she responds to the world in which they live. Ken Funk (Kenneth H. Funk II, PhD, and Associate Professor at Oregon State University) in his paper “What is a worldview?” cited the German word Weltanschauug which means “worldview” as… “Seems self-evident: an intellectual perspective on the world or universe.” As well as the 1989 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary defines “Weltanschauug” as …”literally, a perception of the world…” as a particular philosophy of life; a concept of the world held by an ...view middle of the document...

The children will conduct their selves as their parents conduct their selves in the world. For example if parents set the tone of attending church every Sunday or which ever day a person’s faith worships ,the children will follow suit. On the other hand if parents allow themselves to get caught up in working and earning money and leave the children to their own devices children will learn or develop their own worldview based on what they are confronted with daily, without the guidance of their parents. In closing, it is important to be aware of what we allow in our thoughts or our minds because of the affect it could have on our worldview and the manner in which we and or our children behave in the world. 

The Biblical/Christian worldview on Origin, Identity, Meaning/purpose, Morality, and Destiny are as follows. :
The Origin of man has been debated by many as to how did mankind began to exist? The Biblical answer is defined and clearly written in Gen1:1 " In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." In John 1:3 "Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made..." The Christian world view is that God almighty is the creator of all things. However, some non-Christian views are that man evolved from apes or lower animals, according to Charles Darwin or Darwinism. Christopher Hitchens, a known atheist would attest that God doesn't exist at all.  Some such as the pantheist’s worldview would state or believe that "God and the universe are one in the same"(Weider and Gutierrez "Consider") these followers believe that God is an impersonal God. Christian's beliefs are documented in the bible and it is the Christian world view that the bible holds God's words as they were given to the authors by God. The fact that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that through him is the way to God his father is a Christian worldview. (John 14:6). Christians believe that God created everything with in six days as detailed in Genesis 1:1-2:3.  Man was made or created in the image of God and was given dominion over the earth and its inhabitants. It's safe to say that the Christian worldview of the origin of man is clearly defined in Genesis of the Bible. Let's move on to our next question: Identity and the Christian worldview. Identity is constantly being debated as some questions what makes us human? Darwinism or the naturalist view is that we evolved and that evolution is what has given us "man" as we know him today...However, they do not really answer the question of how the lower animals came to exist in order for man to evolve...they derive at their answers through scientific measures and does not include God in this evolution. Christians believe or the Christian worldview as I understand it is that we are human and a person the moment a man's sperm meets and fertilizes a woman's egg co- creating(with the help of God)a baby or a child.  It is also believed that man is a special creation of God and that both man and woman was created in...

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