Monday, July 31, 2006

Six Basic Worldviews

I read in the new life magazine that there are six basic worldviews, which are the ways people view the world. They refer to the framework through which an individual interprets the world and interacts in it, here they are:
  1. The biblical worldview says: “Serve the one true God – the Creator of the universe – alone. Since God loves you personally, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. God’s rules are good and are for our good.”
  2. The Haunted worldview says: “Eclectic. Syncretistic. Don’t judge anybody. Get in contact with spiritual power, which spiritual power works for you.”
  3. The What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) worldview says: “The physical world is the only reality. You can only know what is material. Any appeal to spiritual reality is outlawed from the start as mere superstition, hype, hokum, wishful thinking, or deception. All morals and ideas of good, evil, truth, and beauty are man-made.”
  4. The Dueling Yodas worldview says: “Good and evil are in an eternal battle in a moral universe, but neither side ever wins. It is an eternal struggle.”
  5. The Omnipresent Supergalactic Oneness worldview says: “Absorption of all things into pantheism or monism. Evil and good are only apparent opposites. There are no innocent sufferers, since suffering is exactly proportionate to one’s karma. You create your own reality with your mind. You are ‘God,’ but so is that cockroach scurrying across the floor.”
  6. The Designer Religion worldview says: “It’s okay to mix and match religions. Never judge anybody. Get in contact with a spiritual power that works for you.”


Bruce said...

7. The Christian Weltanschauung.....

Kitty Cheng said...

Bruce, isn't the Christian Weltanschanuung the same as (1) biblical worldview?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Very simplified, but true.

Kitty Cheng said...

Matthew, yes I think these six points, although simplified, pretty much sums up the worldviews people have.

Bruce said...

Hi Kitty,
The biblical viewpoint may be the Mosiac viewpoint, or other OT viewpoints. The laws might be the laws of Leviticus.

At the "turning point of time" the world changed, and we started a new calendar.
I would add:
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
john 1:17

And I would also declare Who our Creator is:
"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not." KJV

We also have in this worldview:
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
i.e. You can judge, but be prepared for immediate review yourself.

What does "Haunted worldview" mean? Do you have to have ghosts in your house?
And why would they be "Eclectic, Syncretistic" ghosts who "Don’t judge anybody"?

#3 is really the view of the academy, and the most "accepted" view.

"Duelling Yodas"- I missed that bit. I thought Yoda was fighting the "Dark Side". I'm not sure on Yoda's philosophy of this "Eternal struggle". If Good didn't have the better of Evil, then Evil would have overrun everything a long time ago.