More Controversy: Blending World Views

I want to continue my thoughts on why so much controversy in our country and world is based on our differing world views and presuppositions. We looked briefly at a Biblical Christian’s World View and a Secular World View, now we are going to consider the issue of attempting to blend these two views.

The blended view in my thinking shows a person who can’t really live with the total realities of either view. This blog is my thoughts and my opinions and my first amendment right to say what I want. My opinion is this makes up the majority of our population. It also represents to me why our country is in such bad shape. The truth is either found in the first view or the second view, there is a God or there isn’t.

This view is popular largely because the average person does not have the means to do their own research or to think independently enough to choose one side or the other. Therefore they are swayed by popular opinion. Honestly, both the first two world views are very intolerant of each other. Though, tucked way back in the Bible is a verse that says the earth is round, Biblical Christians are derided by the secular community as “Flat earthers.” Christians are called ignorant. Though true science rarely closes the door on a topic, current secularists are quick to say the debate is over and our view wins. The popular opinion is too much for someone who hasn’t done their own research so they try to blend worldviews to be palatable to both sides. Christians can be very critical of people who do not adopt their way of thinking as well. Though it isn’t a tenant of Christianity, just the opposite really is, still many proponents of Christianity are very judgmental.

This blending of world views happens both ways. People who really don’t believe in God as He has revealed Himself believe in a god of their own understanding. When a secular person dies, often there is now some kind of after life for them, at least that is what they say at the funeral!

There is controversy because we can’t communicate and we can’t communicate because our presupposed ideas are at opposite ends of the spectrum. So, the blender is someone who says I will try to squeeze evolution into my view that God created and come out with some concoction that God oversaw evolution. The secularist says, I could never believe in the God of the Bible but I can worship nature, I can conjure up a god I can live with.

Kind of like Democrats and Republicans in our current culture, Secularists and Biblical Christians are more like oil and water. Both can be intolerant of the other because at the core both believe their view is the correct one. The blenders try to take the best of both views and make them fit into their life.

So we fight about surface issues like can a homosexual participate in the Boy Scouts. That subject is so superficial to the real conversation of, is there a God who has revealed himself and his ways to us or are we just an animal, here for a few years then dust forever.

This is a lot to chew on.



About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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2 Responses to More Controversy: Blending World Views

  1. deichmans says:

    Hmmm… Not sure I believe it is as black-and-white as you suggest. How would you reconcile Pope Francis’s message earlier this week that ALL are redeemed (even atheists)?

    Your assertion of a “revealed God” narrows your argument into a local one, and implies that there can be no reconciliation between differing world views — uncharacteristically pessimistic for you….

    Rather than try to scale a local assertion to a global truth, why not dig a little deeper into your previous post’s acknowledgement of personal fallibility?

    • Scott Ranck says:

      Shane, in defining biblical Christianity as I did, there are large sections of Christendom that I would put in a category of Philosophically Christian rather than biblical. That is where the pope would fit. Catholicism holds true some major tenants of the Bible but then largely departs to a more philosophical, extra biblical tradition. I disagree with the conclusion that the revealed God is local. He is universal and His attributes, nature and power are revealed to all.

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