Do You Have a Worldview/Lifeview?

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Think Apologetics. Tabernacle of David considers this resource trustworthy and Biblically sound.


Do you have worldview? The term worldview was used in the sense described by prominent German philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911). Dilthey affirmed that philosophy must be defined as a comprehensiveness vision of reality that involves the social and historical reality of humankind, including religion. A worldview is thus the nature and structure of the body of convictions of a group or individual. (1) Worldview includes a sense of meaning and value and principles of action. It is much more than merely an “outlook” or an “attitude.” Each person’s worldview is based on a key category, an organizing principle, a guiding image, a clue, or an insight selected from the complexity of his or her multidimensional experience. (2) Believe it or not, a worldview will impact our view of our vocation, our family, government, education, the environment, etc. A worldview also impacts ethical issues in our culture such as homosexuality, abortion, stem cell research etc. Remember, the issues of competing worldviews shape the past, present, and future of a nation.

Some of the fundamental questions that make up a worldview are the following:

•Creation: How did it all begin? Where did we come from?

•Fall: What went wrong? What is the source of evil and suffering?

•Redemption: What can we do about it? How can the world be set right again?

•Morality: What is the basis for morality? In other words, how do we know what is right and wrong?

•History: What is the meaning of history? Where is history going?

•Death: What happens to a person at death?

•Epistemology: Why is it possible to know anything at all?

•Ontology: What is reality? What is the nature of the external reality around us?

•Purpose: What is man’s purpose in the world?

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