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This 20-minute youth seminar at the Ligonier National Conference (February 26, 2016) may be the best little introduction to “worldview” that you’ll find.

James Anderson—associate professor of theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC—asks and answers three questions:

  1. What are worldviews?
  2. Why do worldviews matter?
  3. How do worldviews change?

He shows how worldviews are an all-encompassing philosophical view of all reality—representing our fundamental beliefs and assumptions as well as our ultimate values and heart-commitments—and that all of us have them.

He shows why they matter: they play a central and defining role in our thinking about the world, about ourselves, and about other people; and developing and applying a Christian worldview is an essential part of our sanctification as believers, our growth in godliness and spiritual maturity.

Finally, he explains why it means within a Christian worldview for a person to change worldviews.

For a short, accessible, creative guide to worldview thinking, see Dr. Anderson’s book, What’s Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions (Crossway, 2014).

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  1. Martin says:

    The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and Why is a book by social psychologist Richard Nisbett that was published by Free Press in 2003.[1] By analyzing the differences between Asia and the West, it argues that cultural differences affect people’s thought processes more significantly than believed.

    An excellent book.

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