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Lecture #1 The 8 Questions

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By: Dr. Jeff Voth
Humanities 103- Christian World View and Culture
Lecture #1 - The 8 Questions
Jeff Voth
I’m Lori’s husband
Who am I?
Colorado
music stirs me
MUMFORD
Rocky Mountain High
I'm a HUGE Duke fan
I believe in education (BA, MA, Mdiv, Dmin)...
knowledge is power!!!
I've written
two books
Poetry moves me
I have four kids
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Grandpa

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W
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cares anyway?

WHY ARE
YOU?

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“A Primordial Mass”

PLANNED?

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REASON

PURPOSE?

What makes you sad?

What fires you up?

What do you
Like/Dislike?

What are you?

Huxley

Who are you?


2- Answer the questions: (using pictures and words)
A.) Who am I?
B.) Why am I?
C.) What am I?
D.) What do I like/dislike?
E.) Why does it matter?
F.) Who cares? Why do they care?
G.) On the back of the collage, tell me who you are (Handwritten)


Quiz #2(of 14)

A WV is... 
A commitment...
Expressed as a story or a set of presuppositions
"expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions"

(Sire, The Universe Next Door, loc 133)
3- Assumptions don’t necessarily= the way things are

A.) How does this picture of a chair relate to thisphrase?
Chair=
WORLDVIEW
“(assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) that we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality ”
(Sire, The Universe Next Door, loc 133)
“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) that 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.” (Sire, The Universe Next Door, loc 133)
Dr. Sire

“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) that 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.” (Sire, The Universe Next Door, loc 133)

What is a
Worldview?

1- A matter of the heart:

A.) Heart=

I. The place of wisdom
(Prov. 2:10)
ii. The place of emotions
(John 14:1)
iii. The place of desire and will
(1 Chron. 29:18)
iv. The place of spirituality
(Acts 8:21)
v. The place of intellect
(Rom. 1:21)
2- A WV is not “a” or
“the” story

A.) The Big Bang is a
WV story

B.) The Creation
Story is a WV story
(Historical Narrative)

C.) These stories lead
to propositions...

“If___, then___”
“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) that 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.” (Sire, The Universe Next Door, loc 133)

WORLD VIEW
The 8 Basic Questions
Jim says...

“If a worldview can be expressed in propositions, what might they be? Essentially they are our basic, rock bottom answers to the following eight questions...” (Sire, The Universe Next Door, loc 159)
Question #1
What is prime reality--the really real?
“This is the most fundamental”
-Jim



GOD
gods
The Material Cosmos
"The world just IS."
Is Jim prime reality?
Question #2
What is the nature of external reality, that is, the world around us?
Created or autonomous?

Chaotic or orderly?
Matter or spirit?
Subjectivity or objectivity? Are there absolutes? Are my feelings and experience most important?
Question #3
What is a human being?
When is a human being a human being?


Are you made in the image of God?
IMAGO DEI

Are you kin to an ape?


Have you lived Before???
...karma, karma, karma, karma...
Is a human being a complex machine?

Are you a sleeping god?
Question #4
“What happens to a person at death?”
Personal extinction?
Transformation to a higher state...or a lower one?
Departure to a shadowy existence on the other side?
or
Good Karma
Bad Karma
Question #5:
“Why is it possible to know anything at all?”
OR
... A consciousness and rationality that developed under the contingencies of survival in a long process of evolution?
Was it...
Question #6
“How do we know what is right and wrong?”
The IMAGE of a GOD
who is GOOD?
Providing an example
OR
Human choice (What feels good, or what culture deems best)
social CONTRACT
A better and higher form of community
“How’s that working out for ya?”
Question #7
“What is the meaning of human history?”
“A random explosion of atoms”
“Waiting for heaven...whatever
that is”
“Practicing for another life”
“To establish a kingdom for
a God or the gods”
“Carpe some serious diem
and then die”
Question #8
“What personal, life-orienting core commitments are consistent with this worldview?”
Personal pleasure and fulfillment
To take care of the planet...above all else
Stay married
Follow Jesus
Be like someone
famous
To have NO commitments
Worship someone famous
God’s will
Revenge
Worship Me
Name That Worldview
I love Jesus...
1- Design a “Who I Am” collage” (1 page)
3- These are due next class period.
because He is the Thesis
The Brilliance
Thesis
Because we are made in the image of an all knowing, thinking, speaking and relational God?
Get high...stay high
“A commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart"
Assumptions that may be true, conscious, consistent
"the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”

(Sire, The Universe Next Door, loc 133)
The foundation on which we live.
Who is this?
Sydney Ilg
a.k.a. the godfather of CWV
a.k.a. Dr. Voth's favorite*
*Dr. Voth had no say in this slide. I did this without his permission. Mwa ha ha. He loves all his students equally.
ilg68@oru.edu
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