Total Truth, Worldview Introduction

(To help myself think through Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey, I’ve decided to “blog” my notes while reading. You can find Total Truth available for browsing and searching here, or order yourself a copy here. To follow along with me, read about the intro here.)

Pearcey defines a “worldview” as the mental map that tells us how to navigate the world effectively. A worldview is not the same as a formal philosophy, for these are limited to those who consciously decide what and how they shall think. Every single person in the world holds a worldview.

From page 23 of the Introduction,

“The term worldview is a translation of the German word Weltanschauung, which means a way of looking at the world (Welt = world; schauen = to look). German Romanticism developed the idea that cultures are complex wholes, where a certain outlook on life, or spirit of the age, is expressed across the board — in art, literature, and social institutions as well as in formal philosophy. The best way to understand the products of any culture, then, is to grasp the underlying worldview being expressed.”

“Worldview” is becoming a buzz word among Christians, but Pearcey warns that “genuine worldview thinking is far more than a mental strategy or a new spin on current events.” Worldview thinking is a deepening of our spiritual character and begins with a willingness to be taught by God. The thrust behind worldview studies should be loving God with all of our hearts, souls, strength, and minds (Luke 10:27) “One way that we acknowledge [God’s] Lordship is to interpret every aspect of creation in the light of His truth. God’s Word becomes a set of glasses offering a new perspective on all our thoughts and actions.” (TT, p 24)

To develop a biblical worldview, we can begin to asking the same fundamental questions every philosophy or ideology has to answer(from p25):

1. CREATION: How did it all begin? Where did we come from?

2. FALL: What went wrong? What is the source of evil and suffering?

3. REDEMPTION: What can we do about it? How can the world be set right again?

We can learn to apply this grid to everything we perceive.

(I love how similar this is to the “worldview” training our family has been receiving through Truthquest History. Michelle Miller asks the student to constantly ask what the 2 Big Beliefs were of any people group in history — what did they believe about God and what did they believe about others. It is amazing how much easier history is to understand when reading about it through this grid. I recently posted an online review about my love for Truthquest at The Old Schoolhouse store, if you are at interested in these guides!)

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