Just for Carl – 3.0

Carl, I am sorry I am so far behind.  Here’s Week 3.  I’ll post Week 4 tomorrow and catch-up before I depart.

Week 3 at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics was an intense week.  It concluded with the “Road Trip” to London.  A few sites I did not include in the other posts related to the London trip are displayed here. 


Substantively, it was “Competing Worldviews” week.  So what does that really mean?  In fact, what is a “worldview”?  This too was something I confronted in the journey recounted in The Race Before Us.  Briefly, however, a “worldview” is a comprehensive way to look at, examine, and understand the world.  Everyone has one.  It may not be consciously selected, but everyday we process experiences and make decisions based upon a set of assumptions. (Here is one definition of “worldview” – 1. The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.  2. A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.)

Ravi Zacharias (for whom “RZIM” is named – recall that RZIM founded and essentially operates the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics) has often said that every worldview needs to answer the four most basic questions of humanity:  Where did we come from? (questions of origin); What is the purpose of life? (questions of meaning); What is right and wrong? (questions of morality); and Where are we going? (questions of destiny).  (Ravi Zacharias, along with Frank Shorter, also offered the Foreword for my book.)  With that background, here are the topics we explored during Competing Worldviews week:

  1. Introduction to Islam
  2. Introduction to Hinduism
  3. The Qur’an and the Bible
  4. Reliability of the Holy Books
  5. The Parable of the Running Father
  6. Was Jesus “inclusive”?

Some of these topics had numerous sessions.  It was a particularly exhilarating, if also exhausting, week both because I had so little background or knowledge of Islam, Hinduism, and the Qur’an, and because our speakers were uniformly excellent. And, recall, at the end of a four-day week, we had our road trip to (and weekend in) London.

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“Worldview:  “A comprehensive world view (or worldview) is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society’s knowledge and point-of-view, including natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics.”

What is your worldview?

  1. #1 by Thomas Raper on July 2, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    thanks Bruce…what an experience you are having! So, my worldview is inclusive. A local preacher summed this up very well for me recently…”while we believe Christ is the way for us, none of us are able to comprehend how God works through other means, in other people.” To me, when we judge others as inferior (“Our God vs. Their God”) we enter into a “zero-sum” game, and all loose out on hope and faith…Thomas

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