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What in the World is a Worldview?. Definition The Germans coined the term using Weltanschauung (world outlook) in the 1930s “A framework of ideas and.

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1 What in the World is a Worldview?

2 Definition The Germans coined the term using Weltanschauung (world outlook) in the 1930s “A framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual interprets the world and interacts with it”

3 Components of a World View Components of a World View Origins (Where did I come from?) Origins (Where did I come from?) Ontology (Who am I?) Ontology (Who am I?) Purpose (Why am I here?) Purpose (Why am I here?) Epistemology (How do I know?) Epistemology (How do I know?) Morals and Ethics (What am I to do?) Morals and Ethics (What am I to do?) Ethics: What I ought to doEthics: What I ought to do Morals: What I actually doMorals: What I actually do Aesthetics (What is good or beautiful?) Aesthetics (What is good or beautiful?) Eschatology (Where am I going) Eschatology (Where am I going)

4 Getting a World View Education – Formal and informal Education – Formal and informal Language Language Family and Friends Family and Friends Culture – Popular and High Culture – Popular and High Philosophy Philosophy Religion Religion Experience Experience

5 ATHEISM Or: Eternal Matter On: Collection of Matter P: None Ep: Experience M/E: Make a life A: Eye of the Beholder Es: Death RICHARD DAWKINS, CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, SAM HARRIS

6 Pantheism Or: Eternal Spirit On: Spirit and matter P: Reintegration Ep: Internal knowledge M/E: Karma A: Spiritual Es: Reincarnation HINDUISM, BUDDHISM, NEW AGE, SPIRITISM, GNOSTICISM

7 Polytheism Or: gods created On: matter and spirit P: Placate the gods Ep: Experience M/E: Cultural Code A: Nature/Images Es: Hades, Valhalla Classical Paganism, Wiccan, Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism

8 Monotheism Or: Created On: Personhood P: Fellowship or Submission to God Ep: Revelation M/E: Revelation A: Accords with Revelation Es: Eternal Life Judaism, Christianity, Islam


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