Naugel – Chapters 9, 10, &11

Chapter 9

The concept of “worldview” conflicts with Christianity when it is conceived as private values instead of intrinsic facts. Once freeing worldview from relativism, it can be put to use in Christianity – since all truth is God’s truth attained by common grace. Objective truth is found in the root unity of God’s word and the creation, fall and redemption of Christ. Man receives natural insight and special revelation from God, whose principles govern the spheres of creation that man should discern. Man also receives moral absolutes from God. Thus, he cannot create his own values and choose his ideology without negative consequences resulting from his idolization of an aspect of creation. It is due to the depravity of the human heart and spiritual warfare that relativistic worldview has influence. Only through God’s grace and redemption, capable of apposing both mans nature and nurture if need be, can Christian worldview stand.

Chapter 10

The nature and influence of worldview is addressed in semiotics. Semiotics studies culture by way of the significance they place on signs, and the communication of that significance. Culture uses semiotics to comprehend the reality if finds itself in and define the meaning of life. Worldview is a subset of semiotics as it is composed of interpreted signs used in navigating life. Worldview is formulated through a set of narratives which contain and define ones standard for reason, interpretation and knowledge. Thus, worldview is a toolbox of interpreted signs that provide definition, without which reality would be unnavigable.

Chapter 11

The formation of a Christian worldview may have both positive and negative effects. It is possible for man to elevate worldview to the status of deified human consciousness. Therefore, the centrality of Gods word is vital in keeping pride in check. It is also possible to put emphasis on Christian worldview to the extent that worldview becomes the focus, and God the afterthought. So one must always keep God and his call to love as dominant, and worldview as secondary infrastructure. Worldview can then serve as a means of intellectual defense, so that believers are not easily deceived. It paints a “coherent picture of God’s larger story” and facilitates “personal, ecclesiastical, and cultural transformation.”

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