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This section of the Understanding World Religions website explores the idea of worldviews, their meaning, and implication for both living and the study of religion. On this page are a few introductory articles and books dealing with the concept of worldview. On the linked pages are further books and articles.

     

Twenty-five years ago few people had heard the term "worldview," and even fewer knew what it meant. Since then a remarkable change has taken place and "worldview" has become part of our everyday speech. So common is it that during the 2008 American election campaign Sarah Palin was asked about her "worldview" and used the idea during an ABC television interview to avoid answering hard questions. Yet despite all the talk about "worldviews" few people know what it really means beyond some sort of outlook on life. Nor do they know the origins of the term or what it implies.

This section of the Understanding World Religions website explores the idea of worldviews, their meaning, and implication for both living and the study of religion. On the linked pages you will find various books and articles on worldviews.

     
     
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This website was first created in 2011 as a basic website. It was extensively revised to the extent that it became a new website in 2014. At that time new sections of various world religions, links to classic texts, the sections on worldviews and the extended sections on Christianity were added. All texts and graphics on Understanding World Religions are protected by copyright, 1995, 199, 2011, 2014.Permission to reproduce material found on this Web Site must be obtained from the appropriate copyright owner. World religions graphic by Christopher Tobias from Irving Hexham's Understanding World Religions, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Concise Dictionary of Religion, InterVarsity Press, Carol Stream, 1994.