Scientific Naturalism Versus Christianity

1784 Words Jul 17th, 2018 8 Pages
Scientific Naturalism and Christianity are possibly the two most contradictory worldviews that are in our culture today. They are also the two most difficult to understand by one another. There is very little about these two worldviews that they have in common. They are a vast amount of ideas and beliefs held by adherents of each that are different. In order for these two worldviews to successfully co-exist in society, it is important to understand, accept, and learn from each one.
In Element of a Christian Worldview by Michael D. Palmer, it is written that “no worldview can survive apart from a social settings that bridges multiple generations” (pp.58). Palmer also states “the social element is indispensable to the long-term success of
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Palmer describes moral norms as those which govern human behavior and character development. Moral norms serves as standards by which a worldview requires, prohibits, or allows behaviors and the development of character traits of one’s personality and thinking (pg.49). Aesthetic norms are ones which allow human beings to make judgments about what is considered beautiful, pleasing, or sublime (pg.50).
Practices and rituals are an important key element of a worldview. These are the physical expressions of a worldview which serve as the very fabric that ties the other elements of norms, ideology, and narratives together. They provide adherents with the ability to express their core beliefs by allowing for reflection of the meaning of the beliefs they hold within a worldview. These rituals and practices also allow for adherents to renew bonds, recreate important events, and facilitate important transitions in life. Baptism and communion are two important practices (rituals) within a Christian Worldview. In Scientific Naturalism, the use of the scientific method would serve as an example of a practice which is important to adherents.
Palmer also describes experiences as another key element of a worldview . Unlike the ideological element of a worldview, experiences are not based in rational. Experiences allow for one to become spiritually and emotionally connect with the beliefs of their worldview. Experiences also serve as a foundation for the other key elements of
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