Defining Worldview

Worldview has been defined in numerous ways, yet it usually encapsulates both thought (known or unknown) and action. It can be simply defined as that body of beliefs (known or unknown) that one treasures and applies to life. I use the term treasure because where your treasure is, there your heart lies. I say known or unknown because there some things that we acknowledge as part of our belief system and other things that are there but that we may suppress or be ignorant of. Furthermore, what your heart treasures will be expressed in thought, deed, and word. This is to imply that whatever a man treasures as his system of belief will then be intrepreted and applied to all of life according to these respective principles which he then proclaims and lives out.

No one is without a worldview, which means that no one is unbiased. Bias is not always negative, but it is there. For example, a judge that treasures life will not be very lenient on a convicted murderer. Likewise, a NAZI will see no problem murdering Jews because his worldview rejoices in it. Bias is important to point out because many people believe that they are or can be unbiased. However, this is an impossible position because everyone sees the world through some type of lens. This affects everything from how one understands knowledge to why one justifies behavior, and it is magnified in education, religion, and politics.