Christian Worldview

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Introduction

Bartholomew and Goheen (2004) in their research show that, whether or not we recognize it, each person has a worldview. In essence, each person has implicit assumptions as well as prejudices about the world, which in most occasions influence the manner in which we regard situations around us. Generally, a worldview is a kind of lenses that corrupts our view of the world around us. Singularly, our level of education and cultural background, as well as upbringing among many other environmental factors shapes our worldview. For most people, their worldview is nothing more than what they have observed in the environment. To such people, they wouldn’t be in a position to offer a rational reason of their beliefs to others Naugle (2002).

Definition of Worldview

Holmes (1983, pp.10-30) summarizes a worldview as the profound integrated set of attitudes together with beliefs of a person or even a society about the world. Often, these attitudes along with beliefs embrace totality of a person or society’s knowledge and standpoint. Subsequently, these can precisely and clearly be expressed by involving natural doctrines, fundamental values along with experiential and prescriptive accepted propositions such as values and ethics. Indeed, these are all maintained either consciously or subconsciously, in a consistent style or inconsistent style.

Not only does our worldview influence how we perceive the world around us, but also it shapes what we see or anticipate seeing, and how we explain things. Particularly, this prejudice is visible in the mode in which we in respond to all queries of life. For example, by placing two people under the same situation, there is a probability that each will define that situation differently dep...

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