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#1 Aug 3, 2012
Worldview - The Seven Basic Questions
The Seven Basic Questions
James W. Sire has written a book called The Universe Next Door. In it, he outlines seven basic questions that can help us to describe worldviews. Sire defines a worldview as “a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being”(The Universe Next Door 17). These following questions will help you understand each worldview that you encounter.
1. Is there a God? What is He like?
2. What is the nature of the universe. it's origin and structure?
3. What is the essential nature of man?
4. What is the basis of morality and Ethics?
5. What is the cause of evil and suffering?
6. What happens to man at death and then after?
7. What is the meaning of history?
Knowing other world views will help people understand one another better. I think that is one of the biggest problems in the world today. People just don't understand one another. Another problem is that people don't understand themselves, their own world view. I truly think that by studying and understanding them people will be able to understand each other better. And that the world could be better place because of it.
Please check out my website and tell me what you think. I'd like to discuss different worldviews.
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