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Cheryl Floyd, February 5 in 7-9 Dialectic Forum
My Minor Prophets professor at Faulkner University recently said he was looking into the idea "worldview". It got me thinking about how much that term comes up in Christian classical/homeschooling circles. What are your thoughts on "worldview?" How do you go about talking about worldview ideas with your students? How do you incorporate your ideals about worldview when choosing curriculum and topics? Here are a couple of my favorite articles on the topic:
I think one of the major difficulties with "worldview" analysis occurs when those using it seek only to reduce a book, or a person, or a position to a label, which they can summarily dismiss as irrational or false. I do think there is a place for a reductio ad absurdum argument, which seeks to adopt the position of the opponent in order to demonstrate that it is illogical or inconsistent with itself or with application to how one lives. However, that sort of analysis requires great skill at logical analysis. Even when it is done well, it isn't often persuasive, as it merely takes down defenses that an opponent may have, leaving the ground clear for a positive articulation of an alternative.
That being said, I think Douglas Wilson presents a fuller picture of worldview analysis that tries to get at the concept from multiple angles, using the metaphor of a wheel:
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