What was the last argument you had about politics or religion? Want to know a secret? That argument was actually about worldviews. RC Sprole says in “Ultimate Questions” that there is essentially 2 elementally different and opposed worldview platforms “Theism” and “Atheism”. He goes on to talk about how every worldview conflict can be boiled down to people disagreeing because they are at different points between these two poles. I would mostly agree with him, however, I believe that a better way to describe the two diametrally opposed worldview camps would be “Christian Theism” and then on the polar opposite side of the ideological debate is “Humanism” (See Fig. 1)
I believe that all worldview conflicts (including all religious and political conflicts) occur because people fall at different points along this spectrum. Does this mean that if someone has a belief that comes from humanistic thought, they are not a Christian? No. It also does not mean that having a belief originating from a Christian Theistic platform automatically makes someone a Christian either.
Both professing Christians on the one hand and professing atheistic humanists on the other side “borrow capital” as RC Sprole puts it from the other platform. A classic example is atheists who are all about fighting for human rights. If the atheists platform is true, then we start from nothing and are going to nothing and therefore have no rights because nothingness is nothingness and therefore can not have rights. Another example is arrogant Christians, if the Christians platform is correct, then we have absolutely nothing to be arrogant about and yet we still are.
The fact of the matter is that none of us Christians or Humanists live 100% consistently with our platform. We all live somewhere in the middle of the continuum. As Christians, our goal is to be continually moving toward the perfect Christian platform. The apostle Paul puts it like this:
13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).
In other words, as Christians, we are to be “transferred” or “moved along” the continuum from darkness to light. My goal in writing these articles is to encourage us all to move our worldviews a little closer to the light.