“The Universe Next Door” pages 22-31

14 10 2013

Have this completed before 3th period on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 for credit (I will not accept late posts).

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16 10 2013
8

The author mentions the seven basic question and also asked a new question. The answers to these quesitions are different according to different worldviews. However, the purpose of this book is to help us find our own answers to these questions. Chritianity dominated theistic worldview for a long time. However, worldviews changed significantly. Later, the book illustrates the answer to question 1 from a Christian’s point of view. Basically, prime reality is almighty God. Then, it describes how God is awesome, good, and transcendent. But, I have a little question. Since no one has ever seen who God is and How he look like, how do Christians know that God is good? Another question is that we are not God, then how can we know God exists? In addition, in Jonathan Edwards sermon “ Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, he depicted God as an evil God who punished people if they didn’t obey the God’s rules. The concept was that people had to believe in God. Otherwise, they would go to hell. As a result of Edwards’ dreadful sermon, many people were forced to believe in God but not in their own willingness. See? Even people who believe in Christianity have different views towards existence of God. In this case, how can the question be answered so surely?

16 10 2013
landsvw

Number 8, good questions! most questions about the Christian God can be found in the Bible, a document comprised of stories/history that have spanned 3000-4000 years of time with about 23 authors, each pointing to essentially the same thing/god/idea. A radical change occurred in that system when Christ walked the earth. Judaism, the original religion, was fundamentally changed to Christianity. Yes, Christians sometimes have different viewpoints on God and get in arguments over it. A careful analysis of the Bible, paying attention to the prophecies about, and the words of Christ will answer many questions, but still, just like family members, arguing can occur over the silliest things. We are human…

16 10 2013
6

The book starts with Seven basic questions that we have to know and ask ourselves.
In the western world up to the end of the seventeenth century, the theistic worldview was clearly dominant.
Prime reality is the infinite.
God is infinite, no other being in the universe can challenge him in his nature, he is also personal, self-reflection&self-determination.
God is transcendent, God is beyond us and our world, he is otherly.
God is omniscient, God is all knowing.
God is sovereign, and God is good.

16 10 2013
14

James W is describes his purpose for writing the book and makes it clear that many people can knows but his many different worldview. He says to discover our own worldview is greatest tasks or struggle. A lot of people have faith but some they doesn’t use it and it is just a matter of finding it again. He was talking his four major reasons he wrote this book, which are
1.To outline the basic worldviews, 2) To trace historically how these views have developed from a breakdown in the theistic worldview,3) To show how post-modernism puts a twist on them,4) To encourage us all to think in terms of worldview
To me the worldview of sire was more helpful because we use it like the basic makeup of our own worldview and how we recognize our own assumptions and making earlier to understand our personal worldview.

16 10 2013
landsvw

Number 14, yes, just like the video by Ravi Zacharias we watched, he’s trying to make us THINK! 🙂

16 10 2013
3

From page 22 , the writer introduce a system called seven questions to determine your worldview . These questions are basic so they can use with any worldview/philosophy. Answer these question in oder:
1. What is reality?
2. What is the nature of the external world around us?
3. What is a human being?
4. What happens to a person at death?
5. Why is it possible to know anything at all?
6. How do we know what is right and wrong?
7. What is the meaning of human history?
But these question do not express completely the meaning of worldview as a commitment or a matter of the heart. So he adds one more questions:
8. What personal, life-orienting core commitments are consistent with this world view.
He uses this system to summaries and introduce worldviews in following chapter included: christianity, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, monism, spirituality, postmodernism, islam
In chapter 2 the writer introduce the christian theism
Up to 17th century, the time when theistic worldview was clearly dominant there were many fights because dominicans disagree with Jesuits, Jesuits with Anglicans, Anglicans. This only proved one thing God existed, he revealed himself to us and could be known
Then he answers 2 basic questions about reality
1. Prime reality
God are creator, infinite, personal, triune, rational, transcendent, immanent
. He also are sovereign and good
2. External reality
He created ex nihilo . He operates with a uniformity of cause and effect. He make miracles possible through his immanence

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This is great book mr.Nutter . It helps me know more about world view , christianity and god

16 10 2013
landsvw

Number 3 – Good. Be a thinker. 🙂

16 10 2013
23

At the start of page 22, the author introduces us some of our worldview is a system held by very large number of people. If we want to know more about our worldview, we should first reflect and start consider on how we actually behave. He also introduce to us the seven basic questions. These question make person’s mind start imagining of somethings either the answer are obvious to us and we wonder why anyone would bother to ask such questions,but we feel these answer are obvious then we have world view. So the following chapter 2 the first worldview that James Sire chose to talk about, Christian Theism. He begins, interestingly enough, by defining who he is talking about when he says ‘Christian’.
Page 24 details a world where Christian Theism was accepted, and if not accepted, rarely challenged. People “knew themselves to be bad by basically Christian standards” (24). It was accepted even by those who did not follow it.he also talks how each world view consider the following basic issues: the nature and character of god or ultimate reality, the nature of the universe, the nature of humanity, the question of what happens to a person at death. These are all basics of ethics and the meaning of history. He breaks down parts of proposition, where these preposition have meaning. At the end of this chapter he ends up with 2 worldview question.

16 10 2013
landsvw

Number 23 – i like how you wrote using your own words. Shows me you are processing the material.

16 10 2013
9

Sire reviews the Seven Basic Questions and due to this being his third edition he decides to add another basic question number eight in which is ” What personal, life-orienting core commitments are consistent with this worldview? ” he then furthers by speaking of God and asking questions such as who is he, are we like him, or not, or simply if he, she, or it even exists. Then he moves on to the topic of Christian Theism and speaks of how God is infinite, personal, transcendent, omniscient, sovereign, and good under the first Worldview Question. In which he answers with “ Prime reality is the infinite, personal God revealed in the Holy Scriptures. This God is triune, transcendent, and immanent, omniscient, sovereign, and good. ” He finishes up stating God well not abandon us and will help humanity. rsonally I feel like this book is way too biased on the Christian view point and if the rest of the book is going to be like this I will have a rather hard time reading it. Furthermore in my eyes to truly be philosophical one does not mainly focus on one view point and say that it will relate to everything else in the book, then it’s not philosophical, it’s talking about the view point you believe in and how you think it effects the world around us.

16 10 2013
landsvw

Number 9 – good, you caught the extra question.

21 10 2013
landsvw

He focuses on one viewpoint per chapter. As far as starting from a viewpoint, everyone has a viewpoint and essentially starts from that no matter what the topic might be.

16 10 2013
13

We all have our own opinions about the world, our own ways of seeing things and solving problems. Something might be right to one but completely wrong to the others. Our personal conception about the world is called our worldview. There are eight basics questions that can help us assess our world view. These questions pinpoints to eight fundamental topics: prime of reality, nature of the world around us, human being, death, knowledge, right and wrong, human history, and core commitment to towards your own worldview. There are, as expected, conflicts between worldviews since each of us is different. We will examine Christian theism to further understand its own view as well as its differences comparing to other views.
We will look at question 1, “what is the prime reality-the really real”? For Christian theism, “prime reality is the infinite, personal God revealed in the Holy Scriptures. This God is triune, transcendent and immanent, omniscient, sovereign, and good”. God is infinite, beyond measurement that no others in the universe can challenge him in his nature. God is personal with his own thoughts and acts. God is beyond any of us or other substances. God is all-knowing, sovereign, and perfectly good.
Questions 2 is “what is the nature of our external reality, the world around us?” Christian theism believed that God created an order, harmonious universe out of nowhere, “the cosmos ex nihilo.”

16 10 2013
23

I think it helped me Learn know more on what my belief are.

16 10 2013
landsvw

thumbs up!

16 10 2013
16

In addition to the seven basic questions, Sire added one more- “8. What personal, life-orienting core commitments are consistent with this worldview?” It’s assumed that life is better examined, hence the publishing of this book to understand and examine worldviews. Sire goes on to talk about the basic worldview of theism and narrows to christianity. He starts with the answer to the first basic question in a christian perspective, God. He explains his reasoning saying that God is infinite, God is personal, God is transcendent, God is omniscient, God is sovereign, and God is good.

16 10 2013
landsvw

See number 9 reply 🙂

16 10 2013
1

Page 22 summarizes and explains the seven basic worldview questions. A worldview will have all the answers to the seven questions. Christian Theism was very common in the Western World. Different parties might have argued over minor things, but ultimately, they were all apart of the same set of presuppositions. Christian Theism has only one deity, and that is the personal God of the Bible. Christians believe that God is not only infinite, but also personal, transcendent, omniscient, sovereign, and good. God’s goodness is believed to be found in His character, therefore giving us a faith in humanity. Christian Theists also believe that external reality is found in the cosmos. Christians say that God spoke the world into existence and interacts with humans, thus creating an open system.

16 10 2013
11

After read the book, i thought there is a very big big argument between the Big Bang theory and God theory. Though we know that God create the world, but the Big Bang theory and the fossil totally said no to God. Should we know that the theory of Big Bang is wrong or not? Should we believe in God’s words? For sure, we can not believe the both sides, we can’t be heat by a bus and not heat by a bus at the same time, do we? Some one said God is good but how do they know?

16 10 2013
landsvw

Number 11. Good thinking! Thing is, both are through faith. The scientist says he has to ‘prove’ there is a god through empirical evidence. See the comments for an above post (Number 8) on what Christians believe and/or where they/we get authority. Keep reading 🙂

16 10 2013
landsvw

One more thing 11, make sure you prove to me you’ve read the material by giving a quick summary, ok? THEN make your comments…

16 10 2013
5

Studying philosophy and worldviews is a good way to know both the world and oneself better. However, although we can conclude almost everything we can’t explain by “God did it.”, the discussion on the theism must be based on a God-centered standpoint. To a person who puts himself as the core of his life, which is so common, whether God exists or not, doesn’t really matter. So actually God is a small part of philosophy. And since philosophy is a part of our lives, we must admit that no matter how powerful people think God is, he isn’t that practical.

16 10 2013
landsvw

Number 5 – The discussion is a little confusing and you didn’t summarize the material so you haven’t shown me you’ve read it. See my comment to number 11 – same problem. I want, in your own words, the summary then the comments, ok?

Scientists really can’t conclude anything. They have hypothesis’, theorems, presuppositions, theories, you name it. The Elephant all the Way Down. What if you are more than just a big bag of chemicals? There may be more to this… God is the epicenter of philosophy…

16 10 2013
21

The last few pages of the 1st chapter a little bit on what the first editions of this book, ideas like “worldview as a commitment” and “the foundation on which we live”. Then this fifth editions begins with the seven basic questions, it dives into the theism Christian prospective concentrating on how the western world themselves, other people, natural world and god. he elaborates on Christian theism point of view and explains that god is like an existing being, and a person that we can relate to like we do, with a friend or another human being. so in order to do that we need to know God like how we know a brother or our own father.
there are some few characters of God we have to know like “god is transcendent, omniscient sovereign and good”.
So I can say in this first chapters he is approaching a Christian worldview but also tries to make us think about the really real.

16 10 2013
10

The competing worldviews are insidious. They have a way of infiltrating core Christian beliefs to the point of opposing the Biblical worldview. Like it or not, there is a war for the mind and hearts of the world. The lack of understanding has cause too many casualties among Christians. One of the first steps of defending and arming ourselves is self-awareness. I venture to say many Christians are not aware of the war for their mind and thoughts.

17 10 2013
landsvw

Number 10 – you need to read and summarize before commenting.
also, don’t use your name.

17 10 2013
5

From page 22 James listed eight questions. The first seven were basic, and the last one was added to flesh out the personal implications. Since we’re living in a pluralistic world, everyone has a unique and different worldview from anyone else.
The wsstern world was clearly dominant till the seventeenth century. Most people believed in God and acted in the Christian standards. However in modern world , people have met problem because of too many different worldviews.
James explained the worldview question one. He pointed out that God is infinite, personal, transcendent, omniscient, sovereign and good.
I see that in this book James is going to express the essence of each worldview.
goodnite.

17 10 2013
landsvw

that’s it, good!

17 10 2013
15

All 7 basic questions come are the outcome of the previous one asked. So out of the 7th question we get the next one. Everyone has their commitment for the life. Because of that we need to be kind to each other and not argue with someone’s worldview. Most of people lie on daily basis without even noticing it now. Before people had no doubt that God exists, but for some reasons every other person questioned that at least ones in his life. Of course our society changes but something that shouldn’t be doubtful is the existence of God.

17 10 2013
landsvw

Number 15, a little more about the 1st question as Theism is concerned needs to be addressed. Make sure you read the whole assignment.

17 10 2013
18

In these pages, it talks about the Seven Basic Questions, but in addition he adds an eighth question, This question asks if someone lives their life to their worldview. He explains how this book will show his own personal worldview, but that this book was not written for that. This book was written for readers to modify it to their own worldview, and for them to create their own worldview. He explains christian theism and answer as to what he believes is the answer to the first of the Seven Basic Question.

17 10 2013
22

In the beginning he introduces the seven basic questions and that the answers to those questions are based on different worldviews.The book is trying to make us think about our own answer and what we exactly believe in.
he then talks about christian theism and how it was accepted and almost never questioned.He also talks how each world view has these basic issues: the nature , god’s character or the reality, the nature of the universe, all the question of what happens to a person at death. We then see the christian part when he talks about how God is good , transcendent, omniscient and sovereign.
The book makes us think of our won answers to life and helps us find were we are due to our beliefs.

17 10 2013
2

The author Proposes the seven basic questions ,but these do not express completely the meaning of a worldview as a commitment.So he adds a question to flesh out the personal implications.This tell me a christian might say, to fulfill the will of god, or to seek first the kingdom of god, or to obey god and enjoy him forever,or to be devoted to knowing god or loving god. These questions let me know some way to think and learn a lot about the faith.

17 10 2013
17

James Sire starts out with the “seven basic questions” which he uses to say that worldview can be expressed in propositions. There are many worldviews in the world; however, all these worldviews ask the same seven questions and cannot give a definite answer to it.
Sire also states how Christianity dominated the United States few hundred years ago, but now pluralism and modernism took over the US society. He also states how people consider God as “old fashioned”.
At the end, Sire brings out the first worldview question to state how God is naturally infinite, personal, transcendent, omniscient, sovereign, and good.

17 10 2013
4

Basic Christianity theism believes that in a world view that God is infinite, personal,transcendent(otherly), omniscient,sovereign, and good. generally its states that God is totally above us.this i believe because no creator can b as wise to create us other than a supernatural higher being.

17 10 2013
7

For the seven questions part, it basically introduces what the world view can be in propositions. But in fact, the first seven questions can just explain a little area of worldview because the world is too big, and not everyone has the same worldview. So there is 8th question which describes personal, life-orienting core commitments are consistent with this worldview. For the 8th question, it’s not talking about the worldview, but the most important part is one’s own answer. For the chapter 2 part, it tells that at the beginning in the western, everyone believers in Christian, later by the number of people increased and various kinds of people enter the western part, the worldview of Christian became less, different kinds of worldview appeared and almost made the society in a mess. God is infinite, personal, transcendent, omniscient, sovereign, and good. For the society, just follows in god and we can get on the road

17 10 2013
12

I think in my opinion this chapter is basically telling us to know what we believe and why we believe it. It also says how we should look into other worldviews and also how every single person has a worldview. They alsi mention a couple questions like: Who is in control of the universe and more

17 10 2013
19

The book “the universe next door” starts by telling us the seven prime questions
1: what is the prime
2: what is the nature of external reality
3: what is a human being
4: what happens to a person after death
5:why is it possible to know anything at all
6: how do we know what is right and wrong
7: what is the meaning of human history
It also talks about the world views
The first world view is God is infinity, trandesent, and personal.
These are different worldviews of people about God; God is omnicient, sovereign and good.
World view two is about external reality being the cosmos and it operates with a uniformity of cause and effect in an open system.

17 10 2013
20

I think in my opinion Christian Theism, like any other worldview, can be expressed as a set of propositions. The author takes the main propositions of the Christian faith and briefly explains them.God is beyond measurement, and all is secondary to Him. He is prime reality, the only self-existent being , the source of all other reality.The concept was that people had to believe in God.




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