At the time, the word philosophy did not call to mind an esoteric discipline in which students are taught substantial doses of skepticism and not much constructive content. In the ancient world, philosophy meant something like what we mean by “worldview.” Various teachers taught competing worldviews, and Christians earnestly sought to evangelize men and women who held these diverse pagan worldviews.
–D.A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament, 2nd. ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), 33.
Does everyone have a worldview? What critical factors shape a person’s worldview compass? How important is it to correctly discern the worldview held by major influencers, such as our political leaders?
With the Presidential campaign well under way, I thought it would be a good time to revisit a recent edition of my podcast, Straight Thinking. In episode #187 I discuss the provocative documentary 2016: Obama’s America by political commentator and Christian apologist Dinesh D’Souza. My intent is not to discuss the political issues, per se, or tell people who to vote for, but rather to evaluate the important questions in the film that relate to worldview thinking.
Give the program a listen—it’s sure to make you think!
My former Christian Research Institute (CRI) colleague Robert Velarde, now working with Sonlight Curriculum, put together a well-written article on the importance of worldview thinking. He even highlights my book A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test. See what he wrote by clicking the link below.
According to Winston Churchill, Albert Speer was the most important Nazi because his competence in managing the German war machine (as minister of armaments and munitions) lengthened the war by two years. Yet as the powerful quote below reveals, Speer joined the Nazi Party without applying critical thinking. A lesson for the ages (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Continue reading
Dr. Ronald H. Nash died five years ago on March 10, 2006 after a long illness. A professor, author, and churchman, his impact has been wide and deep, and his legacy endures. I wrote this tribute to him in 2006. Continue reading
Everybody has one. Whether they’re educated or uneducated, liberal or conservative, rich or poor, nonbelieving or God-fearing, all people act and live according to their particular worldview. Given its prevalence, it might be helpful to explain what exactly a worldview is. Continue reading
I once heard a skeptic ask:
Why should I seriously consider Christian truth-claims when Christendom is so deeply divided?
There is some painful truth in this question. Christian disunity does, at times, hurt the church’s witness to a nonbelieving world (John 13:34–35). For the next several weeks I will offer five points in response to this important challenge. Here I’ll discuss the first point: unifying essentials. Continue reading
Posted in Christian Issues, Christianity, Disunity in the Church, The Church
Tagged Beliefs, Christian Issues, common groud, creeds, disunity, essentials in Christianity, the church, unity, values, worldview
In a profound sense we are what we think.
The Christian worldview highly values logic and rationality, which find their source in God. As the only creatures made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27), human beings possess superior intellectual faculties. Humans alone read and think. They pursue, discover, and reflect upon the truths of logic, mathematics, science, philosophy, religion, and the arts. Only human beings develop a comprehensive world-and-life view and philosophize about whether their belief systems best match reality. Continue reading
Posted in Christianity, Reflections, Worldview
Tagged Christianity, JFK assissnation, Los Angeles Lakers, MLB, philosophy, Ted Williams, The Beatles, thinking, World War II, worldview
Growing up in the 1960s, one of my favorite characters on Star Trek was Mr. Spock. Half Vulcan and half human, First Officer Spock pursued the logical path to problem-solving tenaciously throughout the U.S.S. Enterprise’s travels in the vast cosmos.
Journey with me on a trek of our own: a series on critical thinking. In this first article I will briefly explain what logic is and why it is a discipline most worthy of careful study. Continue reading
Posted in Logic, Philosophy
Tagged argument, discipline, Ed L. Miller, ideas, reality, Spock, Star Trek, truth, value of logic, worldview