My World View

The general beliefs that are my worldview outline not only how I see the world, but also intensely manipulate the particular beliefs I come to hold, the choices I draw and decisions I make, and all that I think, speak and act. My worldview is so basic to what I do, and in fact, what I am, that it would be rationally deceitful for me not to offer it for examination. If you are to comprehend me and to know what I say and do, you must know something about my worldview. So I set it forth for you here, not in the form of an extended argument, but as a set of assertions.My epistemology entails my beliefs about the nature and sources of knowledge. I deem that I can recognize the truth and that the truth can set me free. My knowledge, my faith, stands on authority, empirical evidence, reason, and intuition. I know by authority, the authority of the Bible, whose modern translations are in line with its ancient manuscripts, some dating back to the first century AD, and which has been tested and confirmed by more than 100 generations of Jews and Christians.The Bible is flawless in all that it teaches and an ever authentic guide to my knowing and doing. Just as I know by the authority of the books and journals that are the basis for my profession, I know by the authority of the Bible. I know by the authority of the Church, whose foundation has been faithful to the teachings of Jesus for nearly two millennia. Just as I know by the influence of the social and professional communities of which I am a member and in whom I place my trust, I know by the authority of the Church.I know by pragmatic evidence, just as I know how to muddle through in everyday life by way of direct sensory experience, so by the personal experience of many otherwise incomprehensible personal blessings do I know of God’s grace. I know by reason, just as I use reason in my profession and to deal with daily existence, so reason informs me that this multifaceted universe is not the product of chance and that Jesus Christ must be who He said He was.