Your Worldview Has Problems
Your worldview has problems. How do I know this? Because every worldview has problems. Our limited minds fail to grasp reality perfectly. This doesn’t mean that we can’t grasp some truths. And it doesn’t mean we can’t know any of the big things in life. But it does mean we shouldn’t be surprised to discover problems with our views.
What’s a Worldview?
A worldview is a web of beliefs, opinions, hopes, and commitments through which we see the world. Check out this 3-minute video for a short explanation.
In his book, The Story of Reality, Greg Koukl describes Christianity like this:
“All of us have a worldview picture— at least a rudimentary one— forming in our minds, even if we are not consciously aware of it. Every religion tells a story of reality. Every philosophy and every individual outlook on life is a take on the way someone thinks the world actually is. There is no escaping it. These stories are meant to bring order to our beliefs, to explain the “pieces” of reality we encounter in life, whether big things or little things, important or inconsequential” (p. 23, Kindle edition).
As rational beings, we also seek truth. We want a worldview that gets things right.
“All worldviews are not equal, though. Some have pieces that seem to fit together (internally) better than others, and some have pieces that seem to fit reality (externally) better than others. If they are good stories— that is, if they explain many things, especially the most important things, in a way consistent with our normal encounters with the world— then we have more confidence the stories are accurate, which is just another way of saying the worldview is true, at least those parts that fit well” (p. 24, Kindle Edition).
Every worldview has problems. You should be aware of them. For example, I am a Catholic Christian who accepts the truth of the Bible and the Authority of the Catholic Church. Many people argue those don’t fit together.
They say the Bible affirms things the Church denies, and the Church affirms things the Bible denies. That’s something Catholic Christians should consider when thinking through their worldview.
Often, acknowledging the problems with your worldview and seeking honest answers can lead you to a deeper understanding of the issues.
It’s common today to hear criticisms of all religious worldviews. Sometimes atheists deliver slogans deliver semi-automatically. For example, you may hear the following criticism:
I believe we should only follow what can be scientifically proven or empirically verified. No one has scientifically demonstrated that God exists. So, I don’t believe in God and neither should you.
Catholic Christians hold that God exists, so this is an attack on the Catholic Christian worldview. If this is you in conversation, you may think of it like this:
But this is NOT the full picture of what’s occurring. A critic registered a complaint with your worldview. But this complaint didn’t just come out of the blue. It came from someone with his own worldview. A more accurate picture is this:
Before answering Phillip’s complaint, it is useful to ask questions (the #1 thing), so that you can detect his worldview and highlight problems with it. You might ask, “You say we should follow what can be scientifically proven or empirically verified. Can that belief be scientifically proven or empirically verified?” Or you might point to ethical or philosophical considerations on which science is silent.
Watch Trent Horn question an atheist in just this manner.
- All worldviews have problems.
- Seek answers to problems with your worldview to gain a deeper understanding.
- Criticisms of your worldview come from other worldviews.
- Use targeted questions to point out problems with an objector’s worldview.
Stay tuned for the next post on the Catholic Christian worldview.