People are social beings that interact. This interaction changes people and causes social change. Conversely, social change itself changes people. People’s beliefs, attitudes, decisions, and behaviors affect society influencing cultures, structures, and institutions, for better or worse, which, in turn, affect people.
Given the importance of people’s beliefs, attitudes, decisions, and behaviors to their own lives, the lives of others, and society; it is imperative that they be rooted in reality. Each person has a view of the world which includes their conception of reality, the universe, the world, and humanity they exercise to make sense of life and interpret the world around them. It is unfortunate that most are not well articulated. How well a person’s worldview aligns with reality determines whether or not their beliefs brings them clarity or a distorted reality.
But more than just an interpretive lens, a worldview shapes, influences, and generally directs a person’s entire life influencing the decisions they make and the behaviors they engage in. People and societies commonly ask questions such as: “What ultimate reality exists? What kind of God, if any, actually exists? Is there anything beyond the cosmos? What can be known, and how can anyone know it? Where did I come from? Who am I? Where am I? How should I live? What should I love or hate? What are humanity’s problems and what solutions exist to solve them? What is the meaning and direction of history? Will I survive the death of my body and, if so, in what state?”
Many world-class theologians, philosophers, scientists, researchers, etc… from a variety of cultures throughout history have attempted to answer these questions and develop a view of the world they believe best aligns with reality. These worldviews vary in critical ways and followers compete to see their worldview achieve dominance in societies and ultimately the world.
Worldviews range from the myoptic, rejecting knowledge that doesn’t fit with their view of the world, resulting in false constructs of reality to sweeping postmodern pluralism erroring with logic, reason, and knowledge resulting in distorted views of reality. Authentic Biblical Christianity makes neither error. The aggregate of knowledge and evidence fits best into the Christian worldview.