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A Unified Worldview

The importance of a unified worldview


Cogny's "Unified Worldview"

Last updated 2023-07-13 (constantly revised and updated)

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."

Index, at a glance:

Definition of "worldview"

The purpose for understanding your worldview

What is a "unified worldview?"

My worldview, in bullets

Limits of any worldview

Definition of "world view"

So, what, exactly, is a worldview? 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.

a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint 

called also weltanschauung

From Merriam-Webster

The ultimate purposes for understanding Worldview

As a Christian, I see the world and our purpose in it through a lens of God being the center of the universe. And relative to that, (as in the Westminster Shorter Catechism) I see man's ultimate purpose to glorify God and to enjoy Him and being in his presence forever.

As such, it seems crucial to understanding your worldview through the perspective of seeing how it aims to answer the following types of questions:

  • 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.

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.

A "unified worldview" (my definition) is a clear coherent view of the world we live in and how we interact with it. While many people float through life not thinking much about these things, it seems appropriate to give the big questions of life some adequate consideration.

As Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living."

I'm not sure I agree completely with that. I think it is, because God sees life as valuable, or He wouldn't have created us.) But perhaps his point was that if we don't think about it, we likely miss much and will probably make a lot of stupid choices along the way.

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 believe the bible to be "the word of God"

There are all kinds of theories about how the bible that we have came to be. But there is an integrity to it, both in its history and in its content that makes it uniquely qualified to be the baseline from which to measure what is true in this world.

Click here to get a more thorough understanding about that and why I say it.

I consider Jesus to be the unique "Son of God"

He is the one person who ever was or will be God, uniquely incarnate in human flesh.

I believe there are real angels and real demons

I believe in the power of prayer

I believe there is one true “religion” - which is Christianity

I also believe that, by necessity, all the other religions 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.

This is also the basis from which I approach content on my site.

There are limits to any world view.

We are finite beings.

We live in a world that can be "mathematically proven" to be made up of more than 3 dimensions (the 4th dimension, typically being thought of as time).

God has made us in a way that we are not capable of understanding all of who he is and what he does.

God, in his infinite ability, is able to move "outside" time, and so He is able to see, do and understand beyond what we, as humans, can do.

The scriptures talk about the pride of man, and how God often hides things from us because of our pride, among other things. But for whatever reason, it's just the way it it.

Our human nature is "fallen," and as such, we sometimes have a hard time recognizing our limitations and flaws.

Just like a drunk loses his or her rational ability to discern a lack of ability to drive, humans all too often are hamstrung by sin. As a result, they aren't capable of recognizing those flaws we have.

We have innate biases (and usually, prejudices) that filter our thinking.

Most of us are much more capable of picking up on the oddities of other cultures. Sometimes it takes someone from another country and another culture to see us in the context of our own culture to be able to show us the peculiarities we have.

It's just part of the human condition.

More to follow.

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The Cognitive Man is an evangelical, North American Christian who has an interest in remaining anonymous, at least for a little while. He is a published author and a frequent guest blogger at several other major web sites. But he wishes to lurk here in the shadows for a while, at least. He MIGHT come out of hiding eventually. Time will tell.

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