Correspondence & Coherence in WorldviewPosted: September 11, 2014
Every worldview must have correspondence and coherence. In questioning these we have the following tests:
First, there are three tests that a worldview must pass. It must be:
- Logically consistent – Its teachings cannot be self-contradictory.
- Empirically adequate – Its teachings must match what we see in reality.
- Existentially relevant – Its teachings must speak directly to how we actually live our lives.
Second, each worldview must address the following four ultimate questions:
- Origin – Where do the universe and human beings come from?
- Morality – How do we know what is right and what is wrong?
- Meaning – What is the meaning or purpose of life?
- Destiny – What happens to us after we die?
Third, there are five academic disciplines that must be employed to study a worldview:
- Theology – the study of God
- Metaphysics – the study of what is ultimately real
- Epistemology – the study of how we can know things
- Ethics – the study of moral right and wrong
- Anthropology – the study of what and who humans are
Is the worldview of biblical Christianity the best choice? Its teachings are logically consistent, they accurately describe reality as it is, and they speak directly to the human condition. In addition, Christianity provides compelling and powerful answers to the questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. Finally, the theology, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and anthropology of the Christian worldview are expansively rich and deeply profound – unsurpassed by any other worldview.
***Taken from Why Jesus? – Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality, by Ravi Zacharias, pp. 256, 257.