What is a Worldview? Why is this important? What are the competing Worldviews? What is the Christian Worldview? A worldview is the framework of our most basic beliefs that shapes our view of and for the world, and is the basis of our decisions and actions. -Phillips, Brown and Stonestreet, Making Sense of Your World. Worldview: any ideology, philosophy, theology, movement, or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world, and man's relation to God and the world. http://www.summit.org/resources/worldviewdictionary/worldview/ See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 Christianity Islam Secular Humanism Marxist-Leninist Cosmic Humanist Postmodern 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Theology Philosophy Biology Psychology Ethics Sociology 7. Law 8. Politics 9. Economics 10. History 6. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. In theology, the evidence for the existence of a personal and holy God, a designed universe, and an earth prepared for human life far outweighs any argument for atheism or pantheism. In philosophy, the notion that mind (logos) precedes matter is far superior to the atheistic stance of matter preceding mind. In biology, the concept of a living God who creates life fits the evidence better than any notion of spontaneous generation and evolution. In psychology, understanding people as inherently sinful beings in need of a Savior far outweighs thinking of them as inherently perfectible and guilt-free. In ethics, the concept that right and wrong are absolutes based on the nature and character of a personal. loving, just God is far superior both theoretically and practically to any concept of moral relativism. In sociology, the biblical family of father, mother, and child transcends any experiments in trial marriages, homosexuality, and the like. In law, the notion that God hates the perversion of justice is far superior to any theory of legal relativism or positive law. In politics, the Christian belief that human rights are a gift from God protected by government is more logically persuasive, morally appealing, and politically sound than any atheistic theory that maintains human rights are a gift of the state. In economics, the concept of stewardship of private property and using resources responsibly to glorify God is more noble than the notion of a society in which common ownership destroys individual responsibility and work incentives. In history, the veracity of the Bible and its promise of a future kingdom ushered in by Jesus Christ is far more credible than vague, utopian, global schemes dreamed up by sinful, mortal human beings. Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.