What is a “world view?” A world view is a way that a person understands, relates to, and responds from a philosophical position that he embraces as his own. World view is a framework that ties everything together, that allows us to understand society, the world, and our place in it. A world view helps us to make the critical decisions which will shape our future. A world view colors all our decisions and all our artistic creations. In the first Star Wars movie (1977), for instance, Luke Skywalker clearly values a Judeo-Christian code of ethics. That does not mean that he is a believing Christian–indeed he is not–but he does uphold and fight for a moral world. Darth Vader, on the other hand, represents chaos and amoral behavior. He does whatever it takes to advance the Emperor’s agenda, regardless of who he hurts or what rule he breaks. It is important that you articulate your world view now so that you will be ready to discern other world views later.
Answering the following questions is one way that you, and your children, can articulate a world view:
What is the priority of the spiritual world?
Authority–Is the Bible important to you? Do you obey God and other authority–your parents–even when it is uncomfortable to do so?
Pleasure–what do you really enjoy doing? Does it please God?
What is the essential uniqueness of man?
Fate–what/who really determines your life? Chance? Circumstances? God?
What is the objective character of truth and goodness?
Justice–What are the consequences of our actions? Is there some sort of judgment? Do bad people suffer? Why do good people suffer?
(Adapted from Carl Henry)