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Hello and welcome back!

I am just sitting here at my desk while reflecting on how beautiful God’s seasons are!  I love all seasons but like most of you I am ready to see the trees blossom out and the flowers to bloom.

 I’m sure that all of you who follow me on Facebook are aware that I have a new granddaughter who is turning 6 months old very soon!  How could you NOT know with all the photos and videos that I have been posting!

Belle and I are gonna have one fine time on our first excursion into nature together soon!

She is getting old enough now to really begin to enjoy new things and to commune with the creation in awe and excitement as the freshly created do!  I get to be a part of that wonderful mystery of life!

Can you sense my excitement?  I am practically grinning ear to ear as I write this!  I will give a special blog report along with photos when this wonderful event takes place!  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ok, enough of my granddaddy excitement!  Let’s continue with our overview of the mainline worldviews in the world today.  Remember, these overviews are not meant to be comprehensive but to present the worldviews that will be presented in much more detail in the book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose.  The purpose of this book will be to present a 21st century apologetic (defending the Christian faith) and to show the 21st century of their need for Jesus Christ in a dying world.

This post begins a new worldview exploration.  We will be considering the worldview of Cosmic Humanism.  What is cosmic humanism?  Another name that identifies cosmic humanism you may be more familiar with.  That name is the New Age movement.

Cosmic humanism or new age movement sees God and the universe as the same.  This concept of God is called pantheism.  Pantheists believe that the terms God and the world are interchangeable.

This New Age worldview believes that the world is God and God is the world.  Cosmic humanism sees the concept of God being everywhere at once to be impossible in the physical world unless he IS the physical world.

“Cosmic Humanism or New Age thinking appears to revolve around a Marxist platform.”

Cosmic humanism sees the world as heading towards a coming new age, an age of peace where all human beings come together in agreement or what they term the Age of Aquarius.  The song, Age of Aquarius was written for the musical Hair in 1967 and recorded in 1969 by the musical group, The 5th Dimension in 1969.  Cosmic humanism views everything that exists is God and the human being is a part of one whole which they state makes everything one.   Bottom line, cosmic humanists are saying: “Mankind is divine, mankind is God.”

Cosmic humanism does not believe in the Bible as being the word of God anymore than is the Qur’an or any other manuscript.  One outspoken cosmic humanist has been quoted as saying, “We can take all the scriptures, and all the teachings, and all the tablets, and all the laws, and all the marshmallows and have a jolly good bonfire and marshmallow roast, because that is all they are worth.”  This direct quote can be found in his book, Reflections on the Christ published by Findhorn Publications in 1982 on page 73.

Although cosmic humanists believe in the supernatural, unlike the other humanists that we have discussed, they do NOT believe in a personal God that created mankind and the universe.  Instead, they believe that THEY are God.  They believe that God IS the creation of which they are like a cup of God that is everything similar to a cup of sea water which makes the cup of sea water the same as the sea.

The cosmic humanist believes that there is no objective truth handed down by a personal, objective God but that all truth comes from the individual because the individual is God.

Jonathan Adolph has made the following statement and I quote: “In its broadest sense, New Age thinking can be characterized as a form of utopianism, the desire to create a better society, a ‘New Age’ in which humanity lives in harmony with itself, nature, and the cosmos.”

According to the description above, cosmic humanism or new age thinking appears to revolve around a Marxist platform.

Here is a quote from a widely viewed website that supports the New Age movement:

“New Age teachings became popular during the 1970’s as a reaction against what some perceived as the failure of Christianity and the failure of Secular Humanism to provide spiritual and ethical guidance for the future. Its roots are traceable to many sources: Astrology, Channeling, Hinduism, Gnostic traditions, Hermeticism, Spiritual Alchemy, Spiritualism, Taoism, Theosophy, Wicca and other Neo-pagan traditions, along with various aspects of Alternative Science and Healing, etc.”

  That wraps up our overview of cosmic humanism.  This will allow you to be able to recognize this worldview’s main concepts regardless of what form you may find it.

Next post, we will consider the worldview of Atheism.

Until next time!


QUESTION:  Can you see any connection between secular humanism and cosmic humanism in terms of the age old question, “What is truth?”

Hello and welcome back!

I’m excited to continue our journey of investigating the worldview of Christian humanism as we continue looking at the different worldviews that currently shape the thinking of our world today here in the 21st century!

Last post, we began an overview of Christian humanism.  If you have just joined us, I thank you for your interest.  We are all working together in looking at the different worldviews that shape the world of the 21st century.

You may wish to read the previous posts relating to this book blog of my book – 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose. 

The purpose of this site is to blog the book before it is published by introducing the content from the book as blog posts.  To see what part you can play in the completion of this project, please click – Blog: Take a Look!

Of course, the description of Christian humanism has changed over time as humanist worldviews tend to do.

You can find all related posts in the sequence that has been written in the right-hand side bar.  I’m glad you have joined us and I look forward to your participation in this project.

Let’s move forward, and complete our overview on Christian humanism.

I am amazed at the confusion of the literature available concerning this worldview.  In the last post, a brief history was presented which gives the reader information of the historical beginnings of Christian humanism.

(Read Here)

Of course, the description of Christian humanism has changed over time as humanist worldviews tend to do.  Let’s wrap up this topic overview by discovering how it shapes Christian thinking today for those who subscribe to its tenets.

I’m glad that you are with me on this journey!

The following is an excerpt from The Christian Humanist website:

Once we get beyond the mythological language, it is clear that the disciples had a life-transforming experience that resulted in a re-ordering of their priorities toward a new way of thinking about what was seriously important in their lives and led to their commitment to carry on with Jesus’ teachings.

They interpreted this life-transforming experience to mean that the spirit of Jesus did not die with him but was alive in them, challenging them to continue what he had started.  For his early followers it was a life-transforming awareness that the spirit of Jesus was alive in them. They understood this to mean two things: they were to model their lives after his life and they were to carry on his teaching about the kingdom of god and what that implied for the people of the region.

Another excerpt from the above site provides their view of Christianity:

At its core, being a Christian today means exactly the same thing for us as it meant to his first disciples: consciously choosing to be an advocate of Jesus and his teachings. It involves what the medieval theologian Thomas A Kempis called Imitatio Christi, the imitation of Christ. It means to live as Jesus lived and to teach as he taught, to honor truth and show compassion, to stand with the victims of this world against their oppressors, to stand with the weak and the powerless against the abusers and the comfortably powerful, and to maintain one’s integrity no matter the cost. In short being a follower of Jesus meant then and now to be faithful to the spirit of Jesus and his teachings. That is both the meaning and the cost of Christian discipleship.

The bottom line, as will be seen in this last excerpt from The Christian Humanist will provide the reader an overview of the direction Christian humanism is taking since the 3rd century and throughout the centuries up to now:

It is a de-mythologized Christianity, a version without the necessity for god and freed from the theological and mystical baggage of the centuries preceding us, a Christianity that challenges us regardless of our view of god to model our lives after that of Jesus. Being a Christian is not any more complicated than that, but it is at least that.

If you desire to investigate the site above, here is the link: The Christian Humanist.

To be sure, there are other, modified premises of the above (considered unorthodox theology) in many, current Christian humanism versions; however, what they all have in common is this: A Christian does not need to have supernatural beliefs or events in order to be a follower of Jesus Christ of the Christian Bible.  Although some Christian humanists project a version of Orthodox Christianity, humanism eventually leads to secular humanistic beliefs and the true teachings of Christ lead to Deity.

The end result of Christian humanism in the church appears to lead into humanistic thinking and secular humanism over time as we see on The Christian Humanist site.

That wraps up our brief overview of Christian humanism.

Let me say it again.

REMINDER: This is a blog post and does not reflect the depth that will be considered on the mainstream 21st century worldviews that will be found in the published book.  The book will also offer excellent references at the end of each chapter for those interested in further information.

These blog posts are presented for you to reflect upon and to comment on as described in the blog post that describes this blog and your opportunity for involvement.  You can read about it how you can be involved in the Blog: Take a Look!

Thank you for joining me in this consideration of the worldview of Christian humanism in the 21st century!  That’s a wrap!

Next Post, we will consider the worldview of Cosmic Humanism (New Age Movement).

Until next time!


DISCUSSION QUESTION: Can Christianity be considered true Christianity without the deity of God and Jesus being the foundational reality?

Hello and welcome back!

Now that we’ve finished the secular humanism overview, let’s turn our attention towards another worldview that is prominent today.  This worldview is the 21st century version of Christian humanism.  As we discover the background of many of these different 21st century worldviews, I want to inform you that many of them will possibly unsettle you.

The concept of worldview — or how we view the world around us — allows us to have a window into the thinking and beliefs of others.  Without this basic understanding of what others are about is the basis of unfruitful argumentation and is the foundation of misunderstanding which is never fruitful.  Therefore, our investigation into the different mainline worldviews provides the opportunity to understand what others believe regardless of whether we see eye to eye with their beliefs or not.

History of Christian Humanism

The history of Christian humanism is almost as old as Christianity.  In fact, the second century church father, Justin Martyr, is credited by some to be the father of Christian humanism based on his use of classical (Greek secular knowledge) teachings into teaching non-Christians of the day about Christianity.

Christian humanism has continued from these beginnings throughout history.  In the 12th century, Peter Abelard, a French scholastic philosopher, brought logic to theology that was touted as correcting contradictions of the early church fathers.

This thinking was instrumental in bringing a new theological discipline of combining philosophy with Christianity which was heavily disputed by the 12th century church.

Thomas Aquinas was able to make a case for Aristotelian philosophy being utilized in forming Christian theology.  Throughout the renaissance, the reformation, and up to the Enlightenment—Christianity and classical philosophy influenced one another.

The United States Constitution is said to be an influence of Christian humanism brought about by John Locke, an English philosopher who expressed the idea of God-given rights above any government authority.

The above historical overview is a mere skimming of the complexity of the subject of Christian humanism but provides a snapshot of how classical Greek philosophy and Christian thought developed together from the 2nd century to the Enlightenment.

The Enlightenment was the beginning of the split between traditional Christianity and Christian humanism.  Christian humanism is credited with the Biblical criticisms and the liberalism that is now rampant in Christianity today.

Next post, we will complete our investigation into Christian humanism in the 21st century and move on to the next worldview.

My book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose will expand on the history as well as provide excellent references for further study and investigation of the many worldviews presented within its pages.

If you are interested in further research into Christian humanism before the book is available, please make a request in the comments section below for this blog post.

Until next time!


QUESTION:  What are your thoughts about Christian humanism?


You know, I can remember as a child, that the term, values had a meaning that had form and substance about it.  In other words, most (the majority) of the people I ran across held the same, basic ideas in terms of right and wrong.  That basic idea is that truth is truth, regardless of how much a person likes to believe otherwise.

I realize that I come from a very politically incorrect time in history, as far as the definition has meaning today.  That’s the value system of the era in which I was born and raised.  Just a side note, it is the same, basic value system that has been in place throughout the majority of human history.

Today, not so much.

DISCLAIMER:  The author is not completely unbiased on the subject matter under discussion.

Values, Morals, and Ethics

My take on the secular humanist belief system boils down to this.  There are three very important attributes in any belief system that must be considered.  These attributes are values, morals, and ethics.  Let’s take a look at what the secular humanist worldview believes about these three, core attributes of humanity.


To quote Paul Kurtz, a noted secular humanist, and I quote: “We believe in the ‘right to privacy.’ This includes freedom of conscience and belief; sexual preference and lifestyle, reproductive rights, contraception, and abortion; euthanasia and death with dignity.”

The way I interpret Mr. Kurtz here is that his description of values is that privacy grants human beings the supreme freedom to believe anything they wish without harboring any guilt of having broken some law or rule that exists outside of their own making.  Is this truth or is it wishful thinking on the part of the secular humanist?

“‘I just don’t like red-headed people so they need to be exterminated,’ someone might suggest.”

Mr. Kurtz also includes sexual preference and lifestyle to be a guilt-free, individualized, and socialized construct that does not revolve around external value rules.  Secular humanism subscribes that mankind is an animal, no better in value than that of the beast in the field.  That being so, this freedom to indulge in bestiality (also known as zoophilia) is approved as long as the humanist doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.  Does this appear to be short-sighted in terms of such behavior having a diverse affect on the psyche of others that is not seen at the time?  Do you agree with this end product of humanism’s guilt-free sexual expression?

Reproductive Rights, Contraception, and abortion.  The humanist worldview sees the world through a lens that values human life in many cases to the same standard of the beast.  If it is not productive to the standard of the current culture, it is expendable.   The term expendable, of course, would revolve around a subjective value that is subject to the whim of the individual.  This would appear to make human life as valuable as the subjective thoughts of those in power at the time.  Does this thinking resonate with your current worldview?

Euthanasia and Death.  Secular Humanism suggests a subjectivism in terms of killing the worthless in the population based on age, limitations, and attitudes.  These and most any other subjective reason that society as a whole or individual political or military regime declares unfit would also be possible from this worldview, could it not?  Does that appear to point to positive human value or just the opposite?  I suppose it all depends on your method of regarding such things, but does your own, particular worldview place mankind on the same level as the beast in the field or in the wild?


Friedrich Neitzsche once said, “You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, it does not exist.”  That being said, (by Neitzsche, not me), there is no doubt that he means that the term morals is whatever a person deems it to mean — as long as the person believes in his own mind that he is hurting no one.  Since everything is subjective and self-centered within the worldview of secular humanism, little doubt is left regarding the belief of the humanist in terms of hurting others.   It could easily be argued by the one being hurt, however.

This being the case, the term morals is viewed as subjective rather than objective — which is the age old debate between secular and non-secular worldviews.  We could discuss many instances but I feel that you get the idea without my over analyzing things further.   Let it suffice to say that the moral relativist can become a moral absolutist the moment another person does or says something to which the relativist does not agree with.  It’s rather amazing how innate, absolute truth can come to the fore, isn’t it, when it doesn’t satisfy?


Secularism, again, points to the subjective and personal belief of the person and societal belief of the culture surrounding that person.  This means that ethics is relative and subjective in the eyes of the secular humanist.  Is it possible that humanists are confusing tastes for truth?  By that I mean, sure — it’s possible for two people to disagree about their likes and dislikes of a color, a taste, a look, a book, etc.  But tastes are not the same as truth, are they?  Is killing a person because a person doesn’t like them justify it?  Would this not be an example of tastes rather than truth?

“I just don’t like red-headed people so they need to be exterminated,” someone might suggest.  That is how the person feels.  It’s what the person believes.  Belief is not always truth.  Does personal belief justify the murder?

Again, what is truth?  Is it how a person personally feels about something or how a society desires to behave?  Is it something beyond mankind that sets what is right or wrong?

Our time has, again, come to an end!  We shall continue our study of secular humanism and its particular worldview lens in our next post.

Won’t you lease answer the question below and help this blog to serve its intended purpose?

Until next time!



Is Secular Humanism Truth?

Zach —  March 14, 2013 — Leave a comment


I apologize to you — my reader — for being so late with a new post on secular humanism. The excuse would be that I have been quite busy this past two weeks finishing the first 8 week sub-semester in a graduate class for professional counseling, ministering with my congregation, and working on sermon materials. Of course, this would be a true and accurate explanation to the lack of posts, however, behind this very true and accurate explanation lies the sinister, hidden truth called, “Mr. Procrastination” who lurks within us all.

Mr. Procrastination appears when we fool ourselves about our time limits. I took an accurate snapshot of where I have spent my time for the past two weeks. The honest truth is that I procrastinated by not managing my time. It has no logical basis because I love writing and I love the reasons that I am writing this blog. Mr. Procrastination does not care one way or another about what I love or do not love. His only concern is procrastination and he can cause us to do it so well.

If this admission has served to motivate even one person to self-examine their reasons for putting off the important, I will be happy. Please accept my humble apology and I will strive not to let Mr. Procrastination to catch up with me again and I will attempt to follow Mr. Responsibility’s example in future!

In case you have not read the first article revolving around secular humanism, please click here if you are interested in reading it NOW to understand the background for this new post. Please understand that these blog posts only represent an overview of the subject matter and each blog post must have a beginning, middle, and an end. This breaks the subject matter up over many weeks, unlike a book that is very linear and broken up into headings, subheadings, and chapters. Being who I am, I will also present blog posts that are not related to the content for the book from time to time. I promise not to veer away from the subject matter for very long, however!

This will be our second blog post on secular humanism. The book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose, will provide a linear focus about the subject matter while also providing excellent references for further study and research at the end of each chapter for those interested in delving deeper. Let’s continue where the first article, How Secular Humanism Was Born left off.

“The point I am making here is that there is a never ending parade of theories cascading throughout modern history with no end in sight.”

In the first article mentioned above, I provided a link to, The Humanist Manifesto of 1933, which is the belief system that is prevalent on the majority of college and university campuses today. It is making inroads into many Christian colleges and universities as I write this. You can read the last humanist manifesto of 2000 here. Under the banner of liberalism, secular humanism is the underlying worldview being taught in the public school system in Western countries today.

Secular humanism was spawned in the pool of evolutional theory. I would like to introduce a quote from the journal, Scientific American:

“George Wald, another prominent Evolutionist (a Harvard University biochemist and Nobel Laureate), wrote, ‘When it comes to the Origin of Life there are only two possibilities: creation or spontaneous generation. There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved one hundred years ago, but that leads us to only one other conclusion, that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds; therefore, we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance!’” (“The Origin of Life,” Scientific American, 191:48, May 1954).

There is a new theory being introduced called, The Black Queen Hypothesis that suggests evolution pushes microorganisms to lose essential functions. This occurs when another species begins to perform these functions. This is counter to popular scientific thinking that living organisms evolve by adding genes instead of discarding them. If interested, here is an article explaining this theory.

The point I am making here is that there is a never ending parade of theories cascading throughout modern history with no end in sight. One theory is popularly accepted only to be replaced by another popularly accepted humanist theory that revolves around humanistic evolution: nothing proven — just speculation until the next theory comes along. A theory is just that, speculation. Is a worldview that is constantly changing its core belief one that provides security for its proponents? Faith can only come from the belief that something is true. If it ever changes, what you believed in is not true.

This is neither proof for or against evolution. This is just being provided here as a heads up to consider the options. All that glitters is not gold. Paul Kurtz wrote in the Council for Secular Humanism on March 14, 2013, and I quote:

“The evolution of the human species by means of natural selection has been an especially tortuous process; for other Homo species have become extinct—Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalis. Only Homo sapiens has endured in spite of hazardous adversities. That our species has managed to survive thus far is due to luck and human pluck.”

He goes on to say:

“The meaning of life is intimately tied up with our plans and projects, the goals we set for ourselves, our dreams, and the successful achievement of them. We create our own conscious meanings; we invest the cultural and natural worlds with our own interpretations. We discover, impose upon, and add to nature.”

If this hypothesis is correct, it is a selfish one and appears void of any hope and purpose for what is the purpose of striving forward into oblivion in a world void of all hope.

In the next post on secular humanism, we will examine what this worldview provides for those who subscribe to it.

Until next time!




How Secular Humanism Was Born

Zach —  February 11, 2013 — 2 Comments

I love the part of the country that I work and live in!  I just returned from a brisk walk in nothing but blue jeans and a long-sleeved shirt.  A slight breeze was blowing but not enough wind to require a jacket or coat!  Looking at other parts of the country, I was almost feeling smug when it dawned on me that humility is the better attitude.

I gave thanks to God for the weather that I was experiencing and repented for that moment of self!  Ahhh, what a country though!  Walking in February without a jacket!  An in the mountains to boot!

As I was walking, I began to think of the many worldviews that people see the world through.

“I wonder how I would see this beautiful day if I was looking at it through the eyes of someone with a secular humanistic worldview lens?”  I thought as I walked through the beautiful scenery while smelling the scents of nature and looking at what I believe to be God’s creation.

These thoughts continued to entertain my thinking as I walked along.  These thoughts continued to challenge my thinking as I returned home and began preparing to write this new post.  I prepared my cup of coffee and headed for my office.  As I sat down and opened my laptop, I could not but help think about the historical origin of secular humanism.

Secular humanism, once confined to a small group of philosophical thinkers until around the middle of the 19th century, when some intellectuals began to declare that religion was not a viable belief system and was born from ignorance or by self-serving priests.

 “Insofar as men have now lost their belief in a heavenly king…”

— Lippmann

These thinkers believed that religion was the enemy of scientific thinking and that more reasonable substitutes needed to replace such archaic thinking.  Auguste Comte in the first half of the 19th century introduced what he coined a Religion of Humanity which was a combining of ideas from Roman Catholic religion and atheism (a belief that there is no such thing as God).  The key factor to consider is that this Religion of Humanity was Comte’s subjective belief.

The term humanism to define an atheist worldview was first used in the first decade of the 20th century.  A Unitarian minister by the name John H. Dietrich in 1913 but the term was put into mass usage by Walter Lippmann in 1929 in his best-selling book, A Preface to Morals.  The following is a direct quote from Lippmann’s book:

“Insofar as men have now lost their belief in a heavenly king, they have to find some other ground for their moral choices than the revelation of his will. It follows necessarily that they must find the tests of righteousness wholly within human experience.”

The usage of the term humanism as it is used today to denote belief in man rather than a transcendent God the creator was established in The Humanist Manifesto in 1933

 In the next post, we will continue examining secular humanism.  Please give your comments to the question below as this adds to the value of this blog and helps me to focus the direction of the book and allows you the opportunity to become a part of it all!

Until next time!



Question: Please give your thoughts on the topic of secular humanism?

Discover Your Worldview!

Zach —  January 29, 2013 — 2 Comments

Things have changed outside of my study window.  I woke up to falling, blowing snow!  I had just pulled up the blog on my laptop and was ready to write today’s blog post when a scene out of my window caught my eye.  A small deer was rubbing noses with my neighbor’s dog.  Nothing unusual about that, I suppose but still, it kept coming back into my mind.

As I turned back to my monitor, it hit me—the deer and the dog.  They were interested in checking one another out.  There was no fighting or intimidation, just a natural curiosity about the other.  It was beautiful.  What had hit me was that they reminded me of two different worldviews.  I was captivated by that thought and this post is the outward expression of that thought.

“Amazing,” I thought, “two, completely different animals (worldviews) tentatively investigating the other!”  As I thought about that for a moment, I caught movement out my window and looked to see both the small deer and the dog walking side by side around the side of an embankment.

I thought to myself, “That is how I will describe the subjectivity of worldviews today!  Like the deer and my neighbor’s dog, both of them from different concepts about the world but willing to acknowledge the other.  When we understand other peoples worldviews, perhaps we can really appreciate our own even more!

If you have been keeping up with the blog posts, you know that we are about to begin looking into the worldview, human secularism.  Before we go any further, how about we take a look at a chart that will allow you to determine for yourself what your personal worldview is?  Sound good?

The following links open in another window so when finished just click off of that window to return here.  Ok then, take a break in your reading and I will wait for you to return.  Look over the chart ,answer the questions, follow the arrows, and you will find your worldview.  Ok –get ready, get set, click…What’s Your Worldview?

Welcome back!  Well, now you have an idea of what your worldview is and what it is called.  I have another chart I would like you to look over.     Worldview Comparison Chart.    After you see what your worldview believes in, come back !

If you clicked on the two links above and followed the instructions, you have a pretty good idea of what your personal worldview is.  Many people already know their worldview but many more do not.  This exercise is to get you ready to investigate the various worldviews and what they believe.

Next post, we will consider the worldview of human secularism.  I look forward to investigating with you!

Until then!



Question:  What was your worldview?  What are your thoughts on it?



It starts with a pain, not a definitive one—just this nagging ache running down your left arm.  You’ve heard that this is one of the signs of a heart attack but you’re too young for such things.  You begin to feel a tightness spreading through your chest and the pain in your arm begins to increase.

“Man, I feel weird,” you think as you ease yourself down on the couch, rubbing your left arm and clenching and unclenching your fist.  You think, “Maybe I should call someone,” but you reason that it would be so embarrassing when it goes away and you have to explain you were scared.

Then, it hits.

 “The end of your life is staring you back in the eyes, up close—eyeball to eyeball.”

Your jaw begins to feel a pain like your teeth are hurting.  The pain increases.

“This can’t be real!” you think as the pain overwhelms you and a descending darkness, like the fade at the end of a movie, blurs and coats your vision like a pull down shade.  You can’t move now and the pain is unbearable.  You know.  You just know.

“ It’s impossible.  This can’t happen to me!”

But, there it is.  It’s fact.  You are dying.

In that moment, during the time after you sit down on the couch, the realization that you may be dying hits you right in the reality.

“What’s going to happen to me if I die?”  Your mind screams as the terror mounts and you begin fading into yourself and a numbing coldness starts moving from your extremities towards your middle, toward your heart.  Then—you’re gone.

Where did you go?

Where will you wake up?

What are you now?

These and other questions are answered by the worldview that you hold.  What is the last thought that runs through your mind as death slowly—but inescapably— claims you?

 Let’s run the clock back.

 Like an old VCR tape, you see yourself speeding back second by second into the past to where you were just before the first realization that something drastically wrong was about to play out.  Every thought of the past 15 minutes is as clear and as vivid as anything you have ever experienced in your life.

The past 15 minutes are all that you can think about as you realize what is about to happen.  What are your thoughts now?  Are you thinking about it as you read these words?  You remember laughing with others about,

“Oh well, might as well enjoy life to the max!  We’re not goin’ to ever get out of this world alive!”  Or perhaps you remember thinking,

“Everyone dies, but I don’t want to dwell on such things.  Just live each day to the fullest!”

 Maybe the following invades your memory as you await that first pain of the heart attack you know is coming and that is going to end your life in the next 15 minutes.

“Hey Bill,” your friend asks as you down another beer and slap down another grain-fed steak at the neighborhood, Sunday night cookout.

You love these outings that are held each weekend in the Spring and Summer months.  In fact, you started them 8 years after that Spring when you moved into the neighborhood.

“Let’s run down and get another case after this steak and watch the game!”  He laughs uproariously.  “ Only the good die young and we be bad to da bone!”

“Ok,” you belch—scarf down the last bite—and drain one beer and reach for another, “Let’s go!”


  • What is your worldview about death?
  •  Are you afraid of dying?
  •  Do you think about it?
  •  Do your hide from the realities of it? 
  • Are you comfortable with it?
  • Are you aware of what others think about it? 
  • How about your friends?
  • Your fellow employees where you work?
  • Then there’s your spouse and kids?
  • What are you teaching your kids about death?


What do you fear, what you think about, what do you hide from, how how can you become comfortable with death, what do you discuss with others, teach your kids?  It all depends upon how you view the world around you. Please be thinking on the above questions.

 In the next post, we will begin to consider the major world views mentioned in the post, How To See Out Of The Window.

The first worldview we will investigate is that of human secularism.  I look forward to coming alongside you as we investigate this prevalent, 21st century worldview.

Until then!



Question:  What is your greatest fear and how does it look from your worldview?

“Your Right and I’m Wrong?”

Zach —  January 19, 2013 — 4 Comments

“Your Right And I’m Wrong?”

Ruidoso is experiencing blue skies and calm winds today.  Again, I am taking in nature from my study window and actually thinking of donning my hiking clothes and boots and getting out in it!  There is something about the sound of a bird’s whistle and a faint breeze bringing the scents of nature to your senses that stirs and inspires motivation!

As I focus on the task at hand, I remember a conversation I had outside Wal-Mart a couple of months ago.

He looks startled as I approach with a tract in hand.  Looking from my face to my hand , he asks, “What’s that?”

“Hi, I wanted to ask you if you got one of these,” I state upfront as I offer my hand to shake in greeting.

“Whatever it is, I don’t want it,” he mutters and turns away.

“Wait!” I say as he turns back towards me and glowers.  “I would love to ask you a question if you don’t mind,” I offer and wait for his reply.  He looks at my hand but still does not offer his.

“Yeah?” he queries, “What kind of question?”  He looks suspiciously into my eyes as I mentally calculate just how I want to proceed now that I have his attention.  After a few seconds – to compose my thinking – I offer, “Do you think that you’re a good person?”  He just looks quizzically at me.

“Now, what kind of a question is that to ask a stranger in the street?” he half laughs, half sneers as I respond without any hesitation,  “Do you?”  I wait as he appears to mull the question over in his mind – half ready to walk away but curious enough about what I am up to, asks smugly, “Of course I am, are you?”

“Because you’re wrong!” he shouts back.  He is still glaring at me when I ask more softly…

We fence for awhile, back and forth, until he finally counters, “Look, truth is relative!  You see things your way and I see it my way!  I know you don’t think this way but we are both right,” he says in consternation and what appears to be a look of dismissal.  “What I believe is right for me and I have no problem with you believing what you do, okkk?” he sarcastically states and then begins to turn away.

“Wait, just one more question,” I say, raising my voice just enough to get his attention, “Why don’t you agree with what I just stated?” I say, waiting now for his answer.

“Because you’re wrong!” he shouts back.  He is still glaring at me when I ask more softly.

“So you’re right and I’m wrong?  What happened to we are both subjectively right?” I finish.  He begins to turn beet red as his mouth opens to make some retort.  Slowly, a light seems to appear in his eyes and he closes his mouth, looks down and back to meet my eyes.  He just looks at me for about 10 seconds, turns on his heel, and walks away.

  • Different worldviews have different perspectives. 
  • Different worldviews have different lenses in the glasses.
  • Different paradigms have a different focus.

All worldviews are different in most perspectives but they all have one thing in common.  They have a believer who contends for them.  All believe that their worldview is correct.  There are some philosophical thinkers who concede that no one has a handle on absolute truth; therefore, they will allow that their belief might have flaws.

However, they hold to possibly flawed paradigms until something subjectively influences them to change.  Then they will tentatively conclude that their view needs adjustment.  With that being said, they only change their view in the subjective context within their own minds.

As we consider different worldviews on this blog, we will look at both secular and religious ones.  We will look at the pros and the cons.  We will compare and contrast.  We will analyze, construct and deconstruct.  Overall, we will glean a set of skills, allowing us to analyze our own, particular worldview in as unbiased a manner as we possibly can.

I look forward to this journey with you!  Please consider the question below and comment on it as part of adding your focus to this post.

Until next time!









How to See Out of the Window

Zach —  January 16, 2013 — 4 Comments

I’m looking out my office window as I write these words.  The sun is shining and a gentle breeze is attempting to grant release to the last vestiges of dry, brown leaves from the tree outside of my window.  Birds are singing in the branches and a small deer is eating something beneath the tree.  A pastoral scene if I ever saw one.

If I was to remove my glasses (nearsighted as a bat), this beautiful scene would blur into different blotches of blues, browns, and grays.  The birds in the tree would become invisible to me.  The leaves would become sounds only, as they were rubbed together by the breeze.  The deer would be quite invisible unless it decided to move; in that case, it would become a mysterious blob of movement that might stir my imagination.

This brings me to the title of this post: how to see out of the window.  The window I am talking about is your personal worldview.  Your worldview is your interpretation of what it is that you see when you look out of the window.  Are you with me so far?  In the next paragraph, we will take a look at what it is that you see out of your 21st Century window at this world that you live in.

What Is a Worldview?

The first thing you need to know about worldviews is that everyone has one.  That’s right.  Even people who do not even know what a worldview is – has one.  You might be saying, “Ok, Zach, you made your point.  Now, what is your interpretation of the term, worldview?”  What matters is if you and I can agree upon a basic, working interpretation for the term worldview in order to help us to be on the same page as we continue in this post together and others to come.

There are many definitions for the term but, for our purposes in this blog post, the following definition should suffice.  A worldview is how you interpret the things you see out your window.  Think of your window as a pair of glasses.  Imagine that these glasses color what you see – which determines how you comprehend what it is that you see.   Each worldview comes with its own, different pair of glasses.

Remember the definition of what I see from my office window as I am writing this post?  What happened when I removed my glasses?  I saw differently and I had to interpret what I saw differently, didn’t I?  Now, if I had looked out of my window in the beginning without my glasses, do you think when I put them back on and looked again—perhaps I would have a different viewpoint (worldview) of what I was looking at?

Certainly I would!  I would be seeing the scene out my window from a different perspective (worldview)!

That presents the definition that we will use in this post and for several posts to come on this topic.  Let me now present to you the different worldviews that we will be considering for the next few blog posts.  I will now present them below.  In each future blog, we will consider each one of these 7 worldviews in more detail and bring several subsets into the mix as well.

Let’s look below at these worldviews now.

  1. Secular Humanism
  2. Cosmic Humanist –
  3. Post-Modernism —
  4. New Age –
  5. Marxist–
  6. Islam –
  7. Christianity –

Are there other worldviews out there?  To be sure, yes.  We will cover others as we go along.  These 7 major worldviews will provide the fodder we need in order to take a close look at worldviews in the 21st century and how they play out in vision casting for the rest of this century and beyond.

That’s it for this post and I look forward in interacting with you next time.  For now, look over the question below and please comment on it.  This will help direct the direction of future blogs as well as help guide the formation of the book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose.


Question:  What current worldviews do you feel are having the most effect in politics, ethics, education, and leisure today?