The Christian Worldview Essay

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Due to the "highly subjective nature of most scientific theorizing... [we should] let the Bible speak for itself and modify our scientific view of origins accordingly." (as cited in Downey, D., & Porter, S., 2009).

God is an intelligent, creative, relational Being. God created all that exists (Gen 1-2) and right from the beginning God affirmed and blessed man’s participation in His creation (Gen 1:28-30, Gen 2:19-20). He created man in His image (Gen 1:26-27, 2:7) and for His fellowship (Gen 3:9). Because man was created to fellowship with God, man was created to seek truth. An aspect of seeking of truth is the gaining of knowledge. How one processes knowledge is dependent on how one views reality and truth. One’s worldview is
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This creates problems when the person shares inaccurate information. Knowledge via tenacity is knowledge gained from hearing information repeatedly to the point that it is processed as accurate regardless of facts. The problem with tenacity is that the claims may be false.
The next two, rationalism and empiricism are the combination of knowledge via science. Knowledge via rationalism involves logical reasoning. It is the combination of stating precise ideas (often in the form of syllogism), applying logical rules, and making logical conclusions based on the ideas. The problem is when the syllogism’s content or either premises is false. The knowledge is not based on the content, but on the logical manner it is presented. Knowledge via empiricism involves gaining knowledge through objective observation and the experiences of one’s senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching (collection of facts), and views knowledge, as “I’ll believe when I see it”.
Including the previous seven, Dr. Bill Wheeler (2011) presents three additional ways of seeking knowledge: revelation and faith; custom and tradition; and personal experiences. For a Christian, revelation and faith is a fundamental source of knowledge and truth. Wheeler describes two aspects of revelation, general and special. General revelation is looking at the world and realizing that God is the creator. Special revelation comes from Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the prophets.
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