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?

Zach

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Zach Malott is a pastor, counselor, life coach, author, and publisher. He resides in Ruidoso, NM. Zach holds a BS in Religion, finishing a MA in Professional Counseling, completing Christian apologetics at Biola, and and completing certification as an Apologetics Instructor with NAMB.
  • Julian Raven

    Hey Brother, great job getting going on the internet. It is sometime agonizingly slow getting people to interact, so perseverance is the goal. God bless your effort to encourage people to think critically about the big issues of life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pastor.malott Pastor Zach Malott

      Thank you, brother. I am so happy that this venture has finally begun! I’m loving the discourse (even if it is a tad one-sided at this young stage of life) but It is part of me–an expressive part of me that I can’t hold back.

      Like a young bird, this part of me is ready to take flight, and my wings are spread. The future of this maiden flight is written on the slate of the future. My plan is to let the future take care of itself a d my expressive self–to fly! I am having too much fun here in the present expressing myself and staying grounded!

      Thank you so much for your encouragement!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dallas.swoager Dallas Swoager

    I really enjoy the topic of worldview because so many things branch off from this topic. Can I assume from the topics that you are covering that you have read The Universe Next Door by James Sire? It has been a while since I have read it (also I think that 2 or more new editions have come out since the version I read) but I believe his book lays out similarly. I also reminds me a bit of Sproul’s Consequence of Ideas.

    I just wanted to touch on the idea you mentioned that everyone has a worldview even if they don’t know that they have it. One of the most important things about worldview, I think, is actually knowing that you have one. Much like coming to scripture knowing that you have cultural and personal biases allows you to help filter out those same biases. Realizing that you have a worldview allows you to analyze those things in your life that do not actually fit into that worldview. I was talking to people the other day about how as Christians we sometimes hold views that we superimpose on Christ that are not necessarily Christian at all. Even more so we often have Christian ideas that may be formed by less than Christian motivations.

    To answer the question that you pose, I see a lot of secular humanism in the culture. It seems to address your interaction from the other post I read about our concept of “good people”. It seems that you either have the “feet firmly planted in mid-air” concept of objective morality that has not object, or you have the “ship tossed at sea” idea of subjective morality, that not even the major groups of secular humanists seem to be able to agree on.

    • http://twitter.com/PastorZMalott Pastor Zach Malott

      Hello Dallas!

      I agree that everyone needs to know that they have a worldview and just what that worldview is. My next post will revolve around discovering your worldview if it is not known so you may wish to review it when it is posted!

      In response to your last paragraph above revolving around my concepts, I am attempting to leave my academics behind and to write a popular book revolving around worldviews and reality to allow laymen not advanced in philosophical reasoning or not all that familiar with apologetics to become more cognizant in this arena and then provide excellent references for further study if they so desire.

      The goal is to be evangelical while at the same time, educational. The first post I placed on this blog will give you the general idea as to the purpose this blog is to serve.

      I think your comments can be valuable to this goal of mine that I am attempting after much prayerful cries have been raised for verification if this is God’s desire for me to accomplish.

      With that said, I think the following will inform you as to from a Christian worldview in response to the “ship tossed at sea” idea of subjective morality:

      Eph: 5:1-21

      Again, thank you for your post!