Understanding Religious Worldviews
In the book, Understanding the Times (1995), author David Noebel, defines a Biblical worldview against three opposing religious worldviews. By exposing "vain and deceitful philosophy" (Col. 2:7-8) the author empowers Christians to discern truth from error. The following sections draw heavily from the scholarship of Dr. Noebel.
Worldviews provide an interpretation to facts. A bias outlook is built using selected data and disregarding those facts that may distract from the particular view. Scholars in law, politics, economics, history and others, are each subject to their prevailing worldview. A worldview is religious in that its proponents are devoted adherents always adding substance to support their belief structure. The facade being built appears sound until the underlying religious philosophies are exposed. All worldviews crumble over time except the one that is built on the solid rock of Jesus who said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away" (Mark 13:31).
A Christian's battlefield is the mind. Christian warfare is "to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exhalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringeth into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ " (II Cor. 10:4-5). The stakes of the battle are enormous. As revealed through hyperhistory.net courses, the worldview of atheistic communism has caused millions of deaths. Nazism too exhalted its worldview and committed monstrous genocide and millions of deaths. The secular humanistist, Bertrand Russell, writes of Communism and Nazism, "they have all the characteristics of a religion."
Secular Humanism is also a religion. The US Supreme Court declared in Torasco v. Watkins (June, '61), "Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others." The Humanist Manifesto II (1973) claims, "no deity will save us; we must save ourselves". Lloyd Morain, past president of the American Humanist Association and winner of the 1994 Humanist of the Year award, has described Humanism as the "fourth religion".
Unitarian, Horace Mann, and signer of Humanist Manifesto I, John Dewey, were the most influential framers of public education in America. How have their religious worldviews been promoted? In 1925, evolutionist attorney for John Scopes argued, "For God's sake let the children have their minds kept open - close no doors to their knowledge". Soon evolution was preached as dogma to public school students while the door of the Biblical worldview was sealed shut. More recently, Cosmic Humanism, also know as the New Age movement, influences public policy and education.
The Advanced Placement World History curriculum advocated by the College Board is rightly criticized for promoting ideologies of the New World Order. Globalism and its accompanying world views are embraced by progressive public educators while at the same time the Christian worldview of America's founding fathers is prohibited by law and shunned from public education. In its place is offered an Ethical Culture that glorifies human achievement and self-esteem devoid of God, grace, and guilt.
It is the aim of hyperhistory.net to counter the atheistic, religious worldviews of Secular Humanism, Cosmic (New Age) Humanism, and to remind students of the destructive history of Communism, which has also found resurgence on most university campuses. From there, these religious worldviews find their way into textbooks in every classroom. Even "Christian" schools battle to discern encroaching heresies and to often succumb to consensus building apart from Biblical absolutes. In the name of tolerance and political correctness the ecumenical movement continues to blur distinctions of fundamental Christian doctrines. These broad paths lead to destruction. Therefore, Christians are sent "as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents " (Mat. 10:16).
With the help of Noebel's Understanding the Times, the worldviews are
summarized in their influence on law, politics,
economics and history. Visit www.summit.org
and click on "Worldview Chart" for other summaries. Here is another
article on understanding
worldviews by Pastor Gareth Lowe of Grahamstown, South Africa posted on
Nov. 21, 2000.