Statesboro, GA, USA
"The key is to be able to rid oneself of the worldview in which one holds onto; To be completely objective in one's search."
"Through much research on the subject matter, after shedding my worldview and own beliefs, and with a completely objective mind, I too have faith, faith that what I have discovered is indeed the truth."
To rid oneself of his worldview is only possible in the sense of slipping into another worldview. I doubt that anyone could do this so completely as to not be influenced by the culture of what they are rejecting. My point is, I think it is impossible for someone to become completely objective and stand "outside" of all worldviews and choose one arbitrarily.
Because your worldview includes your values and ethics (something on which to base your judgement and choosing), you cannot dispense of it, or choose anything without it. If you could get completely outside of this kind of thing, what basis would have for choosing a worldview? What standard are you appealing to? You are now choosing a worldview from the standards of your worldview already.
I don't really think you have "shed" all worldviews in order to choose. That would be as impossible as leaving your mind and history and thoughts in order to obtain something original. It would be kind of like plucking out your eyes in order to see them. All things of your past are part of your choosing now. I think what may have happened is that a great deal of what is your worldview has changed.
Also, the idea of your worldview being original seems to me questionable. Nothing I've heard you say strikes me as new or novel in the world of ideas. I would suggest that the worldview which has been adopted by you has and is held by others. I'm not quite sure how your beliefs differ from atheism, or agnosticism, or secular humanism. If you think they do I would like to hear how.
Even though I am a Christian I am aware that my worldview is not new, novel, or original. The Christian worldview itself was built upon the foundation of a monotheistic worldview held by the Jews. However, I am in no way saying that all worldviews are equally valid, or invalid. I just don't think there are any "new" ones to choose from. The ones that are here are basically the ones that always were ... with some expansions, contractions, and alterations here and there. (and Brad, yes this includes the possiblity of divine Revelation to augment what is already here by God's providence). It may seem to some, that by my view I am saying that truth is of humanity and wholly cultural but I am not.
Opeth, for you to say that you shed yourself of all worldviews and that you discovered the "truth" is amazing. If this is so, you have to say that your present viewpoint has been held by none prior to you, and yet is the absolute truth apart from your own previous views. You are suggesting objective truth that no one else but you has seen. Is the truth that veiled? Or are you that priviledge to be the sole finder?
Brad knows that I would also agree that there is objective truth (God's own)... but that doesn't mean that it is not obtained through humanity, history, and culture. My whole assertion is that it is impossible to completely extricate yourself from the arena of worldviews in order to decide on one. They are already here... and you and I both hold one or another of them.
[This message has been edited by Stephanos (09-24-2002 09:53 PM).]