In part 5 I wrote about how all worldviews need to pass the test of authority, reason, experience, and living.The next logical question, what do we test?I have come up with a list of topics that all worldviews must answer.There are other important topics that could be included but at least these will give you a starting place.In addition each topic listed could be expanded to ask many more questions.
1.God – Who and what is God?Does God exist?
2.Ultimate Reality – How does your worldview explain the existence of reality?How did the universe come about?Is it eternal or did it come into existence at some point in time?Does reality exist or is it an illusion?
3.Origin of life – How did life begin?How did we get here?
4.Ethics – What is the basis for morality?Where do moral truths come from?
5.Death – What happens when we die?
6.Problem of evil – Does evil exist?What is the source of evil?
7.Meaning to Life – Do we have a purpose and what is it?
8.Knowledge – Where does knowledge come from?
Every belief system has to answer these questions.Once a follower responds, the answers are tested using reason, authority, experience, and living.
1.Does the answer violate reason or logic?
2.By what authority are you basing your answers?
3.Does your answer match the way we perceive or experience the world?
4.Can you consistently live by your viewpoint?
Each person reading this blog should be willing to answer the questions and test his or her worldview.By this method religious or non-religious beliefs can be shown to be either true or false.Remember a worldview should not be followed because you like it; you should follow a belief system that is true.Are you willing to test what you believe?