Defining Worldviews -- Atheistic Versis Theistic

Real-World Arguments for Effective Evangelism and Discipleship

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Worldviews are like opinions...everyone's got one. A worldview is the translation of reality from a presuppositional standpoint. To put it simply, it is the way a person views truth through their belief system. Atheists view reality though a nonexistent God analysis and thus all arguments for atheism stem from their presupposition of such. In the same way, Christianity presupposes the existence of God. An apologist is one who attacks presuppositional worldviews opposed to the Christian worldview.

The development of modern scientific method was an attempt to throw out the pressure of presuppositional bias in the scientific community. The problem inherent within the scientific method is the impossibility of removing presupposition from the world. Theistic and atheistic scientists alike do experiments to prove their thesis by their pre-supposed worldviews. This is more evidence on how worldviews affect even the most supposedly unbiased field on testing reality.

Reality is not our views on reality but how individuals react differently to it based off of those views. If reality exists it's okay to conclude that a proper view of it is beneficial. A person with bad eyesight does not view the world clearly and any ol' glasses will not help them see it clearly. Instead, that person will go to the eye doctor and get tests done so they will be given the right prescription to aid them in seeing the word properly. In the same way, a proper worldview helps one see reality clearly.

Currently there are two presuppositions that make up worldviews today. An atheistic worldview and a theistic world view. All others stem from these. Within these categories, are opposing philosophies, realitites, truths and presuppositional pitfalls. This article is intended to provide real-world arguments for effective evangelism and discipleship.

Everyone has a worldview. The ability to cut through arguments and present truth is a task commanded by Christ as believers continue to make sons and daughters in the faith. The continuation of understanding wordviews will provide a means by which root error can be exposed without the use of arguing particulars.

The heart cannot follow what the mind doesn't perceive to be truth. On the other hand, the mind will refuse truth until the heart begins to love the truth. This is why apologetics is more than academic debate. The Holy Spirit is the person who softens hearts and it is He that opens the mind to understanding.

Written by: Roberto Perez