Christian worldview

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Christian worldview (also called Biblical worldview) refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs through which a Christian individual, group or culture interprets the world and interacts with it. Various denominations of Christianity have differing worldviews on some


According to Leo Apostel, a worldview is an ontology, or a descriptive model of the world. It should comprise these six elements:[1]

  1. An explanation of the world
  2. An eschatology, answering the question "where are we heading?"
  3. Values, answers to ethical questions: "What should we do?" In this context, "What would Jesus do?"
  4. A praxeology, or methodology, or theory of action.: "How should we attain our goals?"
  5. An epistemology, or theory of knowledge. "What is true and false?" (See, for example John 18:38)
  6. An etiology. A constructed world-view should contain an account of its own "building blocks," its origins and construction.

Differing Christian worldviews[edit]

Different denominations of Christianity have varying worldviews. There are varieties of particulars within the Christian worldview, and disputes of the meaning of concepts in a Christian worldview. Certain thematic elements are common within the Christian worldview. For instance, Northrop Frye indicated as the central clusters of the system of metaphors in the Bible - mountain, garden, and cave. A similar thematic representation of Christian worldview in the Reformed tradition has been formulated as Creation, Fall, Redemption and Consummation.

Worldview vs. doctrine[edit]

The U.S. use of the term "worldview" in Christian rhetoric can be traced to the evangelical Reformed philosopher H. Evan Runner of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[dubious ] Runner used the term in his evangelical Reformed community in North America, promoting the worldview concept from a philosophical concept to a synonym for "doctrine."

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Original worldview thinkers in Protestant evangelicalism[edit]


  1. ^ Diederik Aerts, Leo Apostel, Bart de Moor, Staf Hellemans, Edel Maex, Hubert van Belle & Jan van der Veken (1994). "World views. From Fragmentation to Integration". VUB Press. Translation of (Apostel and Van der Veken 1991) with some additions. – The basic book of World Views, from the Center Leo Apostel. See also Vidal C. (2008) Wat is een wereldbeeld? (What is a worldview?), in Van Belle, H. & Van der Veken, J., Editors, Nieuwheid denken. De wetenschappen en het creatieve aspect van de werkelijkheid, p71–85. Acco, Leuven.
  2. ^ *Naugle, David, Worldview: A History of the Concept. Grand Rapids, MI:Eerdmans (2002), pp. 4-32.

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