The Universe Next Door

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Purpose of book

1.outline basic worldviews underlying way we in west think about selves.

2. trace historically how worldviews have developed from breakdown in theistic worldview, moving in turn into deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, eastern mysticism, new consciousness of New age and Islam recent infusion from Middle East.

3.show how postmodernism puts a twist on worldviews

4.encourage us all to think in terms of worldviews with consciousness of not only our own way of thought but also that of other people, so we can first understand and genuinely communicate with others in pluralistic society.

Chapter 1

Worldview or vision of life is framework or set of fundamental beliefs thru which we view world and our calling and future in it. Vision need not be fully articulated, may be so internalized that it goes largely unquestioned. May not be explicitly developed into a systematic conception of life. May not be theoretically deepened into a philosophy. may not even be codified into creedal form. May be greatly refined thru cultural historical development. Vision is a channel for ultimate beliefs which give direction and meaning to life. Integrative and interpretative framework by which order and disorder are judged. Standard by which reality is managed and pursued. Set of hinges on which all our everyday thinking and doing turns.

Worldview is commitment of heart expressed as story in set of assumptions true, partially true, or false that we hold consciously and subconsciously and consistently or inconsistently about basic constitution of reality and provides foundation on which we live, move, and have our being.

Commitment - Worldview involves mind and soul and heart. Bible sees as wisdom, emotion, desire, and will, and intellect.

Presuppositions expression – expressed as a story of your life.

Assumptions T, PT, F, etc. reality is everyone’s own perception of world.

Foundation on which we lived expressed by words and actions.

We all take some position whether we realize it or not,

Chapter 2 Clockwork Universe: Natualism

How did theism get replaced with deism? Deism came about to replace chaos with unity of theological and philosophical explanations. Shift from scriptures to reason or human intuition (inner light). Started studying world form based on matter and how things were put together. Orderly, mechanized, clockwork timing with perfect mechanical precision. Science was born. Middle ages directed toward God and studying Him to become good and holy. Theology was born. Some deists Christians some not. To deist God is distant, foreign, alien, and unavailable.

1. Wv? 1 – a transcendent God as a first cause created universe then left it to run on its own. God is not immanent not triune, not fully personal, not sovereign over human affairs not providential.

2. Wf? 2 – cosmos God created is determined, because it is created as a uniformity of cause and effect in a closed system so no miracle is possible. Any tampering or interference by God would be considered as saying His creation is flawed. Locked up in cause and effect clockwork world. Humans cannot change.

3. Wv ? 3 human beings though personal are part of clockwork of universe. Deism says we are just puppets and no free will. No one has special relationship with God.

4. Wv? 4human being may or may not have a life beyond their physical existence. Destroyed triune and led to naturalism and nihilism. Warm still believed in afterlife cold did not.

5. Wv? 5 – thru innate and autonomous human reason and the methods of science, we can not only known universe but can infer at least something of what God is like. Cosmos, this world, is understood to be in its normal state; it is not fallen or abnormal. Deism human reason is autonomous and not from God. Learn about God from universe. Theists believe God revealed...
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