Making Sense Of Your World : A Biblical Worldview Essay

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In conversations with people I meet, my goal is not to proselytize them or foist my views on them. Rather, I wish to treat them with the respect and courtesy due them as an individual created in the image of God. My heart is to show genuine interest in them by asking questions to learn more about who they are and where they are at, and responding respectfully to what they have to say.
When entering into a conversation that encompasses different perspectives, I keep in the back of my mind different categories that test worldviews. Phillips, Brown, and Stonestreet (2008) in their book, Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview, present three main categories. The first category is that of reason. Is the perspective logical and reasonable? Does the perspective contradict itself? Next is the category of evidence. Can one find legitimate, objective evidence to support the perspective or belief? The final category is that of experience. Does the view satisfy life as people experience it, both internally and externally? Does it provide an adequate perspective for the longings and desires, and for the pain that individuals suffer in their interior world? Also, when lived out, does the perspective have positive or negative implications for individuals and for society? (In this case, positive or negative is determined by the standard of love based on the Christian worldview.) I use these categories to evaluate my own worldview, and to evaluate other worldviews as I interact with
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