Does it ever shock you how people sometimes just don’t get what you are saying??? THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY! I’m speaking English to an English speaker they SHOULD understand! But often, to my great chagrin, THEY DON’T! Ever been there? Why is speaking and hearing so difficult???
A Thought On Our Speaking and Listening Problem:
One of the great problems with communication is that we often come from different perspectives. These perspectives can be formed because of experiences that have imprinted on us or even formed from the lack of experiences. At times, politicians vehemently disagree about matters on the same topic and they seem to never understand why the other politician can’t get it. However, there seems to be something more deeply at play than experiences or votes for that matter. What I am talking about is a worldview. A worldview is the way that we see things. One might say that a worldview is a set of glasses that cause us to look at the world.
David Nobel identified 10 points of a worldview. I like his perspective but please allow me to change the metaphor, from glasses to a pie. I like to look at worldviews as a “worldview pie.” Each slice is a different area but the crust (that which holds it all together) is a specific topic. I would say that the crust that holds it together better defines each slice. In other words, if you know what the crust is then you will know how each slice should be understood. How does one understand philosophy, psychology, politics, ethics, sociology, economics, biology, law, and history? That depends on what is holding those slices together.
Let’s take a look at the crust:
With respect to how one views each slice of the worldview pie, there are a variety of possibilities but they are all based on the way that one sees God, this is called, theology. It can also be the way that you do not see God. Your crust could be, “Atheism,” “Agnosticism,” “Theism” or even “polytheism”. From there it may be broken into small components such as “Secular Humanism,” “Agnostic Atheism,” “Christianity,” “Judaism,” “Islam” or “Hinduism.”
Crust defines the Worldview Pie:
This crust will define the pie. It will help each slice to have a nuanced meaning that will help us to understand where a perspective is coming from. It is the very reason that one group of people sees big government as the answer to most questions and others see small government as the answer to questions. It is not that either group is inherently bad or even spiteful. It is simply that they take on different crusts to their worldview. Their crusts define the pie. If Secular Humanism is their crust then it will give unique flavor to the way that they view EVERYTHING! If Christianity is their crust then it will flavor everything they participate in.
Theology is the Crust of the Worldview Pie
Here are the 9 Slices to the Worldview Pie with a brief definition. In the days to come I will talk about each slice.
Philosophy – the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
Ethics – moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.
Biology – is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.
Psychology – the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.
Sociology – the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society (as well as social problems).
Law – the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.
Politics – the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.
Economics – the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.
History – the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.
Here are a few questions to consider:
- What is your belief about God?
- Is He personal or impersonal?
- Is He redemptive or aloof?
- What are other questions you should be asking?