Changing Worldviews

History tells us that one’s worldview can change. Some of the specific ways in which this change develops are through demoralization, acculturation, syncretism, religious revitalization, and personal transformation:

  • Demoralization or Extinction– the destruction of a culture’s primitive or superstitious beliefs (conquest of a civilization)
  • Acculturation– a cultural conversion wherein a newly introduced worldview replaces the previously held worldview (ex.,Theism to Atheism)
  • Syncretism– the blending of worldviews to create a new worldview (ex.,Voodoo + Roman Catholicism = Santeria)
  • Religious Revitalization– new religious movements (ex., Christian Theism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism)
  • Personal Transformation– spiritual conversion

Everyone has a worldview. It is the lens through which one views and interprets reality, the definition and meaning of existence, and is included in the study of metaphysics or what is “really real”.

Irrespective of the way in which this change in worldview is precipitated externally, one’s inner test of experience is an equally important factor. It must be determined which worldview is consistent with the world around us (external test), and fits what we know about ourselves (internal test)[Nash, Ronald 1992, 59-62]. A worldview which does not adequately address the inward experiences and questions of existence, tragedy, death and the afterlife, nor offer any hope for the future should raise suspicion that the worldview is inconsistent with reality.

Christian theism’s metaphysical stance, or view of reality and how everything began is “that God really exists, has a certain nature, and has a set of ideas about various things that He has disclosed to us” (Moreland, J. P. 2012, 155).

The metaphysical aspect of one’s worldview must change in order for their worldview to change. Christian Theism’s metaphysical stance, or view of reality and how everything began, is “that God really exists, has a certain nature, and has a set of ideas about various things that He has disclosed to us” (Moreland, J. P. 2012, 155). This proposition about prime reality, or what is “really” real, is central to Christian Theism and is the basis for all the other assertions of this worldview (Sire, James 2009, 22). Without establishing this first proposition (God really exists), one is not likely to consider Christian Theism above another worldview.

Which worldview best fits reality? Do you believe that God exists? Have you always had the same worldview? Do you believe your worldview can change? Do you know that God loves you?

Reference List

Nash, Ronald H. 1992. Worldviews in Conflict. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing.

Moreland, J. P. 2012. Love Your God With All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the LIfe of the Soul. Colorado Springs: NavPress.

Sire, James W. 2009. The Universe Next Door. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

Published by P. A. Wilson Jr.

Evangelical Christian thinker. Currently studying Religion at Luther Rice College and Seminary, where my major is Biblical Studies and my minor is Apologetics/Christian Worldview.

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