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3.16.2015

This gets at it

I'm reading David K. Naugle's Worldview: The History of a Concept, and I liked this paragraph in his Preface, it gets at the underlying foundational aspect of the subject. I was surprised to see it:

But these "collisions of consciousness," as Peter Berger calls them, which reside at the center of the current political situation, have also been a determining factor in the drama of history since time immemorial. The struggle over first principles marks the human condition. Ideas do, indeed, have consequences, as Richard Weaver has taught us. And yet there is an even deeper layer of reality to consider when reflecting upon the ideological discord that resides at the heart of the human story. From the perspective of Christian theism, a clash of worldviews also assumes a crucial role in the hidden, spiritual battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan in which the very truth of things is at stake. Between these regimes a conflict of epic proportion rages for the minds and hearts, and thus the lives and destinies, of all men and women, all the time. Since nothing could be of greater final importance than the way human beings understand God, themselves, the cosmos, and their place in it, it is not surprising that a worldview warfare is at the heart of the conflict between the powers of good and evil. Consequently, an in-depth look at a concept that plays such a pivotal role in human affairs seems particularly worthwhile.

David K. Naugle Jr.. Worldview: The History of a Concept (Kindle Locations 116-119). Kindle Edition.

And here:

"Worldview" in Christian perspective implies the catastrophic effects of sin on the human heart and mind, resulting in the fabrication of idolatrous belief systems in place of God and the engagement of the human race in cosmic spiritual warfare in which the truth about reality and the meaning of life is at stake.

David K. Naugle Jr.. Worldview: The History of a Concept (Kindle Locations 3640-3641). Kindle Edition.

And here:

What is certain, however, is that the human heart in its fallen condition will continue to suppress the truth in unrighteousness and to manufacture surrogate gods and errant perspectives on the world. For the human heart in its religious restlessness must have something in which to believe and by which to make sense of life. What is also certain is that spiritual warfare will continue, and it will continue to revolve around worldviews. The kingdom of Satan will capitalize on human pride and self-sufficiency as the source of idolatries and errors to insure the fact that the world's religious and philosophical environments are dominated by false notions that sustain deception and keep people from God and the truth. The doctrines of sin and spiritual warfare, therefore, play a vital role in understanding the notion of worldview from a Christian vantage point. They are products of the noetic effects of sin and are indispensable satanic weaponry in spiritual warfare against God. There is no way out from this spiritual, intellectual, and moral destitution apart from the grace of God.

David K. Naugle Jr.. Worldview: The History of a Concept (Kindle Locations 3776-3778). Kindle Edition.

- C.

5 Comments:

Anonymous monax said...

those are some awesome quotes!

March 16, 2015 at 9:01 PM  
Anonymous monax said...

ct, as i'm perusing Naugle and what appears to be his narrative approach to worldview i'm reminded of a message i gave a few years back entitled Worldview & Story, which you may or may not appreciate.

in either case, here's the audio:

https://soundcloud.com/marmota-monax-1/worldview-story

and here's the transcript:

https://spiritualauthority.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/worldview-story/

March 16, 2015 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger c.t. said...

Great, I'll give it a listen. Do you have the Naugle book, because if not I'll post that entire section on spiritual warfare, I found it remarkable. Better than what one finds in books solely on spiritual warfare.

March 17, 2015 at 4:33 AM  
Blogger c.t. said...

By the way, in his Preface to Worldview, the History of a Concept Naugle states his understanding of the Bible came together into a 'whole' once he learned Reformed Covenant Theology.

If you haven't read Nancy Pearcey's Finding Truth it puts worldview analysis together into a whole and is very powerful to take in.

March 17, 2015 at 4:47 AM  
Anonymous monax said...

I don't have the Naugle book, but I'm certain now to secure myself a copy.

If you haven't read J. Mark Bertrand's _(RE)THINKING WORLDVIEW_ yet, I remember it being an insightful read.

March 17, 2015 at 5:59 PM  

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