THE DIVERSITY OF WORLDVIEWS
Overview of "worldview":
The term "world view" (a.k.a. "worldview") is borrowed from the
German word "weltanschauung." It means a person's fundamental "world
outlook," or life perspective. It refers to their perceptions of deity, humanity and the rest of the
universe. "It represents our personal metaphysical outlook on life."
Understanding one's personal worldview is important, because it is a main source of one's
moral code, ethics and many other beliefs. As R. Wesley Hurd of McKenzie
Study Center writes: understanding one's worldview helps people make sense
of their world and make choices for living their lives. It helps one realize how
different individuals can approach a seemingly straightforward issue such as
abortion, and end up with opposite opinions. 2
One's beliefs about homosexuality,
physician assisted suicide, the
death penalty, corporal punishment of children,
pre-marital sex, polygamy,
stem cell research,
inter-faith marriage and a host of other topics
often flow logically from their worldview.
People with different worldviews often assign
different definitions to words like "pregnancy" and "homosexuality."
They may use different definitions for truth. Open dialogue and problem solving
is often very difficult among persons with different worldviews -- particularly
if they have no insight of the role that their personal worldview has in
determining their beliefs.
The United States is generally regarded as the most religiously diverse
country on Earth. Because religion and worldview are so closely linked, the U.S.
probably has the greatest diversity of worldviews as well.
Topics discussed in this section:
Farinaccio, "Faith with reason: Why
Christianity is true,"
- R. Wesley Hurd, "Me and My Worldview," McKenzie Study Center, at:
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Copyright © 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally posted: 2005-JUN-02
Latest update: 2005-JUN-03
Author: B.A. Robinson