Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Do you really know what a world view is?

I am reading my second Leslie Newbigin book, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (1989). Reading Newbigin is everytime like a conversion experience, like having bandages taken off your eyes. I have heard a lot of talk about "Christian World View" both in college and in the wider Christian world, but the problem is that what is most often meant by this phrase is having a set of magic spectacles that allow you to come up with the correct Christian answer on a contemporary issue. So for many a Christian World View is simply really a case of having the "correct" Christian opinions on various subjects. E.g. in a Christian World View abortion, homosexuality, marijuana, etc are wrong. Of course if you already have a list of right and wrong opinions there is not much need to develop a world view because that world view is just an end to being right about stuff, and if you already know you are right, what's the point?

But as I'm reading the Newbigin book I am realising that many who claim to have a Christian World View are actually still just as hostage to the rationalistic, violent and satanic hegemony of the prevailing western mindset as everyone else. They may have "Christian opinions" but their world view, that is their reflexive cultural linguistic reasoning, is actually distinctly un-Christian. Kim Fabricus gives testimony to this condition in this doodling
Sure, theologians may, in good faith, advance weighty arguments against same-sex relationships, but it is overwhelmingly clear that, among the pewtariat, homophobia is sustained by ignorance and prejudice.
Now I need to stop blogging and do the dishes, but my point is I don't think having right opinions is any substitute for having a mind transformed and renewed into the image of Christ - where every thought is taken captive. Perhaps no one would disagree with that, but here is the more controversial idea: is the one with the right opinions but the wrong thinking better off than the one with the right thinking but the wrong opinions? Or even, with which is the world better off? Better an orthodox bigot than a liberal saint?

Let me know what you think,
but for now . . . suds await.

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