If you read “Leadership and the Worldview Pie – What does the crust have to do with it?” then you understand the concept of “The Crust”. But how do we develop a worldview? Many people say they believe one thing but live a totally different worldview!
Below are some questions that I have found very helpful in developing my worldview. If you have some additional thoughts or questions to ask please post below!
Theology – is the Crust of the Worldview Pie
- What do I believe about God
- Do I believe there is a God?
- If not, do I believe there could be a God?
- If there is a God, which God?
There are the 9 Slices to the Worldview Pie:
Philosophy – the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
- Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Philosophy?
- Knowledge – how is it attained? Where does it come from?
- Reality – how should it be understood?
- Existence – Is there a general purpose? What is it? How does that influence others?
Ethics – moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.
- Based on my understanding of God what do I think about Ethics:
- Where did morals come from?
- Why should one behave with any set of morals?
- How should one behave? Why is that necessary?
Biology – is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.
- Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Biology?
- Where does life originate?
- Are we a cosmic accident?
- Do animals have purpose? If so, to do what?
Psychology – the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.
- Based on my understanding of God what do I think about Psychology?
- What is the purpose of your mind?
- How does your mind control your actions?
- Do your actions matter? If so, why?
Sociology – the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. (as well as social problems.)
- Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Sociology?
- Should humans follow a specific set development process? If so, why?
- Does societal structure matter? If so, why?
- What is proper human society? Why and how did you come up with that?
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.
- Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Law?
- What is the purpose of law? Why does that matter?
- Where does law come from?
- Why is law necessary for humans?
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.
- Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Politics?
- Why should a group of people use political systems?
- Whom should benefit from a political system?
- Do the masses or individuals matter more to the body politic.
Economics – the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.
- Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Economics?
- What role does economics play in a society?
- What should economics matter?
- Who should benefit in an economic system?
History – the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.
- Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about History?
- Does history have a point?
- Why does history matter?
- How does history affect a culture?
After working through the questions on each slice of the worldview pie what did you find? Is your worldview consistent? What are additional questions that may be helpful to ask?