Category: Worldview


Is Atheism a Religion?


I recently read an article in which the author insisted that public funds not go to support religious schools. The rhetoric in this article was very much in the "us" versus "them" vein. In essence, "their" views, that is those of the religious, are tainted with the irrational and divisive forces...

Turning Routines into Rituals


Both routines and rituals involve a regular repetition of some action. But they are very different. Routines will flatten our lives, but rituals can thicken them. Routines are like ordinary time and rituals are linked with "higher times." With a routine there is a clear, linear connection between the act and...

There’s Meaning in the Mug


Do you choose to drink your morning coffee out of a Styrofoam cup? To cure the feeling that are lives are in some ways "flattened" we need a dose of objective Reality. We have this idea that meaning is in the mind--the individual mind. The logic being: It has to be, because it...

The Modern Malaise


Do you ever feel that life is a little flat? If you do, you are not alone according to Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor.  He calls it "the modern malaise." Taylor says that the experience of living in a secular age is one of “flatness.”   This feeling comes about because of a new view of reality which affects...

Radical Individualism


This idea, that meaning resides in the individual human mind, has been a long time in development. We take it for granted and it is no longer considered a way of looking at reality, but the way reality is. It has not always been so; 500 years ago, meaning was...

Hear Oh People, The Lord is Chronos


I began this series of posts suggesting that having a "Biblical" or "Christian" worldview meant much more than opposing abortion and gay marriage, or being generous with ones time and money (read more here).   I argued that these things make up a very small part of what we call our...

Sacred Memories


I have this sacred memory.  It was the summer of 2010.  The previous 4 years had been difficult.  But now I was in Rennes, France on my honeymoon.  While my wife was napping.  I went for a walk in the old town.  I sat down at an outdoor table on the cobbled...

Man was not made for Time, but time for man?


Understanding Worldview (2) What can you spend, save and waste? I asked my students this question and the answer is about 50/50--money and time. You'd expect people to say money, because that's the right answer.  In what way is time anything like money?   They are not alike at all, but we...

Understanding Worldview


Two books changed everything for me. In the late 80s I read A Transforming Vision by Brian Walsh and Richard Middleton and Leslie Newbigin's Foolishness to the Greeks. These books opened up to me the idea that my thinking wasn't free; I looked at the world through glasses tinted by...

The Godless French?


I recently heard a pastor refer to France as a spiritual wasteland, and this wasn’t the first time I had heard this. Twenty-one of our students went to France this past spring break and I asked them if they found this to be true. They agreed that French culture is...