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  •  One other thing that these claims overlook (8+ / 0-)

    is that there is no single "worldview" in the Bible.  The ancient Israelite, Second Temple Jewish, and first-century Palestinian worldviews represented in the Bible are very different.  If anybody ever says anything to you about "the biblical worldview" ask them "Which one?"

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:39:50 AM PST

    •  "worldview" (1+ / 0-)
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      farleftcoast

      This is an interesting term to me. Evangelicals use it a lot, but it's mainstream now. I went to a conservative Christian undergrad school in the early 1990's, and the term was used A LOT. In fact, I had one course taugh by a pretty moderate, mainline type of professor (also ordained though) entitled, "Towards a Christian Worldview," and the class's title was already pretty old by then, I think.

      I'm guessing it has its roots in formal theology. I remember being told it's from a German word. If so, there's actually a decent chance that the terms comes from liberal Protestant theologians, but there's also the possibility it comes out of more conservative Reformed/Calvinist thinking.

      Someday I'll research it. :/

      •  Weltanschauung (1+ / 0-)
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        It can be a useful term, but we should remember that just about everybody has their own.  I teach religion and I would argue that a Christian worldview should probably contain certain components (e. g. concern for the poor, suspicion of power, etc.) but much of the rest is negotiable.  

        So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

        by illinifan17 on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 12:21:34 PM PST

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