This is the first of my new blog column “Wednesday’s World.”
Every Wednesday I will highlight a worldview issue or resource. I hope this will become a helpful resource for even people of different perspectives to consider the manner in which we view the world around us.
The following excerpt is from the PBS website. Check out their description below of their case study of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis as it relates to worldview. You can visit the site directly here; you can view video segments from their documentary here; you can order the book that inspired the series here.
“Whether we realize it or not, all of us possess a worldview. A few years after birth, we all gradually formulate our philosophy of life. We make one of two basic assumptions: we view the universe as a result of random events and life on this planet a matter of chance; or we assume an Intelligence beyond the universe who gives the universe order, and life meaning. So each one of us embraces some form of either Freud’s secular worldview or Lewis’s spiritual worldview.
Our worldview informs our personal, social, and political lives. It influences how we perceive ourselves, how we relate to others, how we adjust to adversity, and what we understand to be our purpose. Our worldview helps determine our values, our ethics, and our capacity for happiness. It helps us understand where we come from, our heritage; who we are, our identity; why we exist on this planet, our purpose; what drives us, our motivation; and where we are going, our destiny.
The purpose of The Question of God — the book, television series, and Web site — is to look at human life from two diametrically opposed points of view: those of the believer and the unbeliever. We will examine several of the basic issues of life in terms of these two conflicting views.”
(Taken from PBS website based on the book The Question of God:C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Dr. Armand Nicholi)