Christian World View

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Christian Worldview and the Scientific Method A worldview is a collection of presuppositions, convictions and values from which a person tries to understand and make sense out of the world and life (MacArthur, 2006). In this day and age the Earth has vast number of religions and cultures each pertaining and subscribing to their own worldviews. These views range from different forms of Christianity to a completely secular vision of the world. This paper will outline the scientific method, how it is used to gain knowledge and truth, different ways to obtain knowledge, and human nature’s influence over how they seek knowledge truth through a Christian worldview perspective. Scientific Method The father of empiricism, Sir Francis Bacon, is credited with establishing and popularizing the scientific method as an inquiry into natural phenomena (Delaney, 2012). This method is still taught and used today. Bacon (1875) was a devout Christian and expressed his views in many of his essays such as this passage, “They that deny a God destroy man's nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts in his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature,” (1875, p 67). The scientific method was founded by a man deeply rooted in the Christian faith. The scientific method is an organized way for better understanding how the Earth functions. Scientists use this process to construct a reliable, consistent, and non-arbitrary representation of the world. This process consists of four steps: observation of a phenomenon, hypothesis based on the phenomenon observed, use of the hypothesis or predictions based on the hypothesis, and tests and experiments on the predictions (Wilson, 1952). Some have expanded the steps to six by adding background research on the hypothesis and communicating the results on the tests and experiments
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