Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept by James W. Sire

By James W. Sire

What's a worldview? What lies at the back of your options approximately nearly every thing? For greater than thirty years, James W. Sire has grappled with this factor. during this publication he deals readers his such a lot mature inspiration at the notion of a worldview, addressing such questions as

  • What is the historical past of the idea that itself?
  • What is the 1st query you need to ask in formulating a worldview?
  • How are worldviews shaped existentially in addition to intellectually?
  • Is a worldview basically an highbrow approach, a life-style or a story?
  • What are the private and non-private dimensions of a worldview?
  • What position can worldview pondering play in assessing your personal worldview and people of others, in particular in gentle of the pluralism in cutting-edge world?

In his wide-spread textbook The Universe subsequent Door, first released in 1976, Sire provided a succinct definition of a worldview and catalogued in precis model seven uncomplicated worldview choices. scholars, critics, new literature and endured mirrored image have led him to reexamine and refine his definition of a worldview. This better half quantity to The Universe subsequent Door is the fruit of that attempt. this is a great source for exploring extra deeply how and why worldview considering can assist you in navigating your pluralistic universe.

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I AM is not to be equated with anything within the created order. He is not the god of war or the moon goddess or the spirit of the Nile, one among many. He is single and sole. 1 Of course the God of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures does not remain without character. He is far more than bare being. , that which by its very nature could never not be—God shows himself as the tribal God of Moses’ family, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This God is no vague ethical principle or mere infinite force.

There is an exclusivity to truth. This notion is implicit in the Hebrew Scriptures, but it becomes startlingly 59 Naugle, Worldview, p. 253. Worldview Definitions 43 explicit in the teaching of Jesus. Take the notion of what happens after death. When he knew that he did not have long to live, Jesus told his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me” (Jn 14:1). Then he told them that there is a life after death for them, that he is going away to make a place for them with his Father, that he is doing this so that eventually they can be with him.

Wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. ” (Ex 4:14) Volitional [David prayed], O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. (1 Chron 29:18) In the New Testament “the heart is the psychic center of human affections, . . the source of the spiritual life, . . ”66 Psychic center of human affections [Jesus says to his disciples], Do not let your hearts be troubled.

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