Welcome to the home of “Unified World View.”
If you’ve arrived here from links still on the web from articles written long ago, you’ve ended up in the “right place.” At least, you’re at the new home for what started out as a free-standing website called “UnifiedWorldView.”
Take a look around. But if you’re not familiar with the term “worldview,” then you need to understand that worldview is a term that describes how you make sense of everything – how you fit all the pieces of your understanding of the world together to make sense of it all.
Definition of worldview
a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint
called also weltanschauungFrom Merriam-Webster
So what, exactly, is “Unified World View?”
When I first started blogging, I started with a web site called “Unified World View.” And although it’s migrated to this site, I thought that it would make a great place to try to articulate my understanding of the big picture, so to speak.
This site will be in constant development and be updated frequently. Please look around, bookmark the site and if you think it’s worthy of attention, spread the word.
It’s probably best to start with an understanding of what I mean by a “world view,” and then move toward an understanding of what I believe a “unified world view” really is, why it’s important, and how you get to one that makes any real difference in your life and the lives of those around you.
Worldview is a term that, for most people, describes their total collection of ideas and concepts about the world we live in – perhaps best summed up as the answers to the main questions of life:
- Who am I?
- Why was I born?
- What is the meaning of life?
- Where do I go when I die?
Worldview assumptions are the ideas we take for granted as true, often without a lot of thought.
I will be honest and say that it is the subject of a 3-volume book. Well, perhaps it’s the subject of a 3-volume encyclopedia.
But it seems appropriate to lay out some of the points of reference that I hold in my world view.
I don’t expect that you should automatically adopt my way of thinking about each and every point I will list here; in fact, I’m not sure you should automatically adopt any of my points without some thoughtful consideration of your own.
Having said that, I would encourage you to consider the points I lay out carefully.
Please consider each of them and the reasons I will give for why I hold those points in my thinking. I’ve been challenged a lot about so much of what I believe. I’ve had to rethink many of my “a priori” assumptions about so much over the years.
I would also encourage you to do the same. As Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Please don’t float through life without allowing your beliefs to be challenged.
My worldview overview, in point form
Many years ago, a wise old man confronted me with a question: “what is your view of the world and how is it shaped?” And I’ve been compelled to consider the question ever since.
A (partial, but essential) list of worldview assumptions I have come to make consists of the following ideas:
- I consider the bible to be the word of God;
- I consider Jesus to be the unique son of God – the one person who ever was or will be God, uniquely manifested in human flesh;
- I believe in the reality of angels and demons;
- I believe in the power of prayer;
- I believe there is one true “religion” – which is Christianity; and that all the other religions, by necessity, are true or false to the extent they embrace the core reality of who Jesus is;
- I believe in a real heaven and a real hell and that real people go to one or the other after they die.
- I believe that where we go is determined by how we respond to the heart of God as He reveals himself to us in this world.
- I believe ultimately that all who end up in heaven will be there because God wants them there, and they want to be there with Him as much as He wants them to be there;
- I believe that there will be many who will be separated from God in the end; and this is a tough subject for many, frought with misunderstandings. This will have to be dealt with, elsewhere, at length.
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