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FYI, the[masked] Sylvia/Ray debate/discussion is now finalized. Click here for all info:http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Science-Religion-Discussion-Group/events/24719061/
Topic: Why is my worldview better than yours?
Why is this an important topic? Some thoughts from Ray and Sylvia follow.
Overview thoughts by Prof. Ray Lubeck:
A worldview (or better, "world-story") involves several things. It provides a perspective for viewing all the dimensions of our lives: philosophy, economics, aesthetics, values, science, politics, reason, ethics, etc. A second function is that it also serves as a storyline framework for integrating these dimensions into a larger, hopefully coherent whole, so that beliefs about any one of these will necessarily impinge on all the rest. And a third function is that it gives us a context for living meaningfully here and now. And fourth, it serves as a filter, causing us to highlight and focus on some dimensions, some arguments, some data, while dismissing others as unimportant, inconclusive, or irrelevant. While we each tend to cling to our own worldviews, it's helpful to step back and identify what is my worldview good at, and what areas it tends to obscure or ignore.
And finally, each worldview invariably attempts to tell the "story of everything" in such a way that it trumps the validity of all its rival worldviews--a kind of King of the Mountain which involves heart and mind, life and death. The contrast between these views (theist/atheist) should be enlightening.
Overview thoughts by Sylvia Benner:
To answer the question what makes one world view better than another, we need to first ask what is the nature of a world view and what it is supposed to accomplish.
Should it simply map reality as accurately as possible, or serve as an interpretive framework through which we filter the world? Should it tell us what’s is, or what should be, or both? Should it provide a narrative framework through which we access meaning? Should it inform all dimensions of life or just certain ones, and if so, which ones?
Only after we answer these questions can we determine how well our world view scores on those measures. How do the Christian and humanistic world views stack up?"