Valley Bible Church's - Adult Education Class on a Biblical World View

Worldview - Defined

- Set of presuppositions held consciously or subconsciously about the make-up of the world.

- Basic assumptions about the nature of reality and of right an wrong.

- General understanding of the nature of the universe and one's place in it - either religious or secular.

- Simply the sum total of our beliefs about the world, the 'big picture' that directs our daily decisions and actions.

- The particular bias in our presuppositions that influences how you look at the world and what we see or expect to see. This bias reveals itself in answering both the major and the minor questions of life. It is a predisposition, a slant, a bias in how we see things.

- The values, ideas or the fundamental belief system that determines our attitudes, beliefs and ultimately, actions. Typically, this includes his view of issues such as the nature of God, man, the meaning of life, nature, death, and right and wrong.

- Largely determine how we consider everything that comes down the path.

- A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being. James Sire, 'The Universe Next Door', page 17.