Seven Basic Elements of a Christian World View

There are seven primary aspects to understanding the Christian worldview (or any worldview for that matter), according to Christian philosopher James Sire. Each worldview, the Christian worldview included, must deal with the following issues:

  1. The ultimate reality of the universe
  2. The nature of the universe
  3. The nature of humanity
  4. The question of what happens to a person at death
  5. The basis of human knowing
  6. The basis of ethics
  7. The meaning of history

I have benefited from Sire’s works, especially his classic book on worldviews, The Universe Next Door. The following is a basic summation of Sire’s explanation of what he calls “basic Christian theism” on pp. 27-46 in The Universe Next Door.

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