What's Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions
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2014 Popular Theology Book of the Year - World Magazine
How do you view the world?
It’s a big question. And how you answer is one of the most important things about you.
Not sure what you’d say? Join James Anderson on an interactive journey of discovery aimed at helping you understand and evaluate the options when it comes to identifying your worldview. Cast in the mold of a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, What’s Your Worldview? will guide you toward finding intellectually satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions—equipping you to think carefully about not only what you believe but why you believe it and how it impacts the rest of your life.
reality, taken as a whole, whereas our universe is only one part of that reality. Quasi-Theism marks a deviation from what’s known as Classical Theism, which represents a more traditional religious view of God as the all-good, all-powerful, personal Creator of the universe. Quasi-Theism certainly holds some important advantages over Atheism. For instance, it may be able to explain why an orderly physical universe exists: God brought the universe into existence and continues to sustain and
the two (somehow) interact. Your brain has features (such as being gray and squishy) that your mind doesn’t have. Your mind has features (such as the capacity to form ideas and intentions) that your brain doesn’t have. Since you earlier answered no to the God Question, the Dualist worldview we’re considering now is Atheistic Dualism. On this view, there is no ultimate mind behind the universe. There are only finite minds, like yours and mine, interacting with a finite material universe via
offer a helping hand or a few words of advice? Deism was very popular among the intellectuals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but over time it gave way to full-blown Atheism, and it’s not too difficult to see why. Deism is arguably just a halfway house on the road from Theism to Atheism. For all practical purposes, a deity who is distant and silent might as well not exist at all. A mute God might as well be a dead God. You’ve reached the end of the trail. However: To
happen to find reading the Bible spiritually edifying and enlightening—or something along those lines. Understood in that figurative sense, the sacred scriptures of the major religions could all be described as “the Word of God.” No more conflicts! The trouble with this line is that it doesn’t accurately reflect what the adherents of those religions themselves mean by these claims. In effect, Pluralists are suggesting that Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and so on are actually
competition, so to speak, from other divine beings. He has a peer group. The deity we call “God” isn’t the only God. This suggests that Finite Theists can be divided into two camps: those who think that there is only one finite deity and those who think that there are actually multiple finite deities. Some of these deities may be nicer, smarter, or stronger than others, but they’re all divine beings. There’s no uniquely divine being. So, in which of these two camps do you pitch your tent?