The Christian Worldview

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Due to the "highly subjective nature of most scientific theorizing... [we should] let the Bible speak for itself and modify our scientific view of origins accordingly." (as cited in Downey, D., & Porter, S., 2009).

God is an intelligent, creative, relational Being. God created all that exists (Gen 1-2) and right from the beginning God affirmed and blessed man’s participation in His creation (Gen 1:28-30, Gen 2:19-20). He created man in His image (Gen 1:26-27, 2:7) and for His fellowship (Gen 3:9). Because man was created to fellowship with God, man was created to seek truth. An aspect of seeking of truth is the gaining of knowledge. How one processes knowledge is dependent on how one views reality and truth. One’s worldview is their filter in this process. Hays and Erford (2010) define worldview as one’s “conceptualization of their relationship with the world” (p. 10).

Ways of Seeking Knowledge and Truth

There are many ways to gain knowledge and truth. Some ways are without intentional thought where as others are intentional. Jackson (2009) describes seven ways to gain knowledge: superstition, intuition, authority, tenacity, rationalism, empiricism, and science. The first four are more apt to occur without intentional thought. Knowledge via superstition is neither reliable nor valid and is based on feelings, interpreting random events as nonrandom, or believing in magical events. Knowledge via intuition is when knowledge is based on “gut feelings”. This type of knowledge is based on gaining knowledge without being consciously aware of where it came from. Authority and tenacity are often used to persuade people to purchase or believe in a product or concept. Knowledge via authority is knowledge based on those wh...

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...) Christian worldview (objective reality from God’s perspective and is timeless). It is important to be a skeptic (question the validity, authenticity, or truth of information presented as facts) in the gathering of knowledge and it is important to be aware of ones worldview to gain understanding of how one’s perceptions of reality can affect one’s view of truth.

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