Editors Note: Several months ago six young adults headed to Manitou Springs to attend a Summit Ministries two-week Worldview Conference. Those individuals, Nathan Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Zachary Hubbell, Caleb Johnson, Karianne Kanau and Luke Johnson, have decided to share their findings with our readers. Over the next 12 weeks these individuals will present us [I]ntelligent [Q]uestions where they will introduce and explain worldviews, and then write about the 10 parts of worldview with the last week presenting a summary.


Editors Note: Several months ago six young adults headed to Manitou Springs to attend a Summit Ministries two-week Worldview Conference. Those individuals, Nathan Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Zachary Hubbell, Caleb Johnson, Karianne Kanau and Luke Johnson, have decided to share their findings with our readers. Over the next 12 weeks these individuals will present us [I]ntelligent [Q]uestions where they will introduce and explain worldviews, and then write about the 10 parts of worldview with the last week presenting a summary.


To the writers of this column Summit helped them understand why people (including themselves) have the ideas and opinions that we do. “Essentially, we learned how to interpret the world around us,” said Nathan Johnson. “We decided to write these articles so that we could share the idea of worldviews with the readers of the Fowler Tribune by asking Intelligent Questions,” he added.


This week marks week 1 of [I]ntelligent [Q]uestions. If at anytime you have feedback or questions about the series we would like to hear it; please email them to lmccuistion@ljtdmail.com.


Elections. Evolution. Karma. Laws. Drugs. Abortion. What do all of these things have in common? A huge amount of conflicting opinions!


Everybody has questions. Questions about things like life, purpose and reality. Most people also have a lot of answers, all differing from one person to the next. People disagree all the time, and they all think they are correct. How do we navigate all of these different opinions and come to an accurate conclusion?


I’m glad you asked! It’s important to recognize that everybody who has an opinion has what is called a worldview. A worldview is a collection of ideas and perceptions through which a person interprets the world and everything they see. It’s like glasses: some are clear and can help us see the world better, but others are dark or colored and can distort how we see the world, and how we know what is true. You choose what colors you put on, and which colors you “see.”


We all have a worldview, whether we think about it or not. Everything that we allow to teach us shapes our worldview for good or bad. We need to deliberately guide and shape our worldview by asking the important questions we tend to ignore.


We are going to deal with some of those questions. They fall into ten basic categories: Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics and History. These categories form the foundation of an entire worldview. If we take time to analyze them, we can find out if our worldview actually fits reality.


I would submit to you that it is better to have unanswered questions than to accept unquestioned answers. I hope you will use these articles as an invitation to get started.


If you have any questions about worldviews, feel free to email us at askintelligentquestions@gmail.com. Or, if you would like to re-read this series of articles, go to https://sites.google.com/site/askintelligentquestions/