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As noted in the course syllabus you will be writing a worldview essay in this course The purpose of this assignment is to help you evaluate and articulate your own worldview What is a worldview Essentially this A worldview is a set of presuppositions or assumptions which we hold consciously or subconsciously about the basic makeup of our world see James W Sire The Universe Next Door 1976 These fundamental assumptions provide necessary order to our world We wonder what is it that ties everything together matter and mind life and death art and science faith and learning and makes this a universe Arthur F Holmes Contours of a World View 1983 p 3 A worldview helps us put it all together it is the integrative and interpretive framework by which order and disorder are judged the standard by which reality is managed and pursued It is the set of hinges on which all our everyday thinking and doing turns James Olthuis On Worldviews Christian S cholars Review Vol 19 1985 p 155 Furthermore differing worldviews lead to tense situations As each great civilization guided and inspired by a different religion competes to demonstrate its vision of the best way forward for humankind it is plain that we cannot afford fuzzy thinking and half-hearted living In todays world differences can be seen to make a difference Beliefs have consequences Os Guiness The Call 1998 These assumptions may also hinder us in a number of ways We may be so caught up in our own worldview that we cant see any merit in others or even try to understand them We may even go beyond this to intolerance It is obvious that a thinking educated person needs to be able to describe analyse and critique worldviews including his or her own Finally it is imperative that the Christian be able to think clearly about God and the world Jesus said in Luke 1027 Love the Lord
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