Thursday, June 21, 2007

Some Thoughts on Worldview

"For when there is a question as to whether a man is good, one does not ask what he believes, or what he hopes, but what he loves. For the man who loves aright no doubt believes and hopes aright...."
-St. Augustine, The Enchiridion §117

“But there are some people, nevertheless—and I am one of them—who think that the most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe. We think that for a landlady considering a lodger, it is important to know his income, but still more important to know his philosophy. We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy’s numbers, but still more important to know the enemy’s philosophy. We think the question is not whether the theory of the cosmos affects matters, but whether, in the long run, anything else affects them.”
—G. K. Chesterton, Heretics

“We must now go back a bit and explain what the whole scene [of the founding of Narnia by Aslan] had looked like from Uncle Andrew’s point of view. It has not made at all the same impression on him as on the Cabby and the children. For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.”
—C. S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” —Proverbs 4:23

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
—Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, The Little Prince

“The heart of man is his worst part before it is regenerated, and the best afterward; it is the seat of principles, and the foundation of actions. The eye of God is, and the eye of the Christian ought to be, principally fixed upon it.”
—John Flavel, Keeping the Heart

“The Christian, who sees everything in the light of the Word of God, is anything but narrow in his view. He is generous in heart and mind. He looks over the whole earth and reckons it all his own, because he is Christ’s and Christ is God’s (1 Cor. 3:21-23). He cannot let go his belief that the revelation of God in Christ, to which he owes his life and salvation, has a special character. This belief does not exclude him from the world, but rather puts him in position to trace out the revelation of God in nature and history, and puts the means at his disposal by which he can recognize the true and the good and the beautiful and separate them from the false and sinful alloys of men.” – Herman Bavinck

People have presuppositions, and they will live more consistently on the basis of these presuppositions than even they themselves may realize. By presuppositions we mean the basic way an individual looks at life, his basic world-view, the grid through which he sees the world. Presuppositions rest upon that which a person considers to be the truth of what exists. People's presuppositions lay a grid for all they bring forth into the external world. Their presuppositions also provide the basis for their values and therefore the basis for their decisions.- Francis Shaeffer


  1. Thanks for the quotes. I was thinking about this the other day.

    Christ says that when the student is fully trained, he will be like his teacher. This seems an open invitation for attacks against Christians for indoctrination, but it is true.

    Whether you allow your child to be trained by the Lord or the world, when the training is complete, he will be just like his teacher.

  2. Hello Sherry,

    Great quotes.
    Here is one. I read it somewhere in Bluedorn material.

    "To teach the conscious from a derived authority without teaching the authority from which it is derived is to undermine the authority and misdirect the conscious"

  3. Thanks for the feedback, ladies.


Thanks for posting. I really appreciate it.