Seven Major WorldViews

Everyone has his or her own views and beliefs about certain things. A person may be educated or uneducated, liberal or conservative, rich or poor, non-believing or God-fearing, but all people act and live in certain ways because they are guided by particular worldviews. A worldview is simply the total of our beliefs about the world, the “big picture” that directs our daily decisions and activities. There are seven major worldviews namely Theism, Atheism, Pantheism, Panentheism, Deism, Finite Godism, and Polytheism. People with these views have different beliefs about how they see life and the world at large. Worldview is like a colored glasses; it colors everything at which we look. It is a grid through which one views all of life. As such it helps form our thoughts, values, and decisions. The tragedy is that most people do not even know what their worldview is, how they got it, and how important it is in their lives.”  
    Theism is the worldview that an infinite, personal God created the universe and miraculously
intervenes in it from time to time. God is both transcendent over the universe and immanent in it. The three great theistic religions are Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Finite Godism, deism, and, to some extent, even Western panentheism, grew out of the theistic worldview. The central difference between theism and finite Godism is the question of whether God is infinite or finite. Deism is primarily a theistic view minus supernatural intervention in the world. Panentheism modifies theism to posit a finite God with two poles, one being theoretical infinitude. It is sometimes called “neoclassical theism.” Theists believe that an infinite personal God exists both beyond and in the universe. Those who hold a theistic worldview have a common core of beliefs. They believe that God Exists beyond and in the World, The World Was Created Ex Nihilo (the world is not eternal), Miracles Are Possible, People Are Made in God’s Image, There Is a Moral Law, and Rewards and Punishment Await. 
Deism is primarily a theistic view minus supernatural intervention in the world. Panentheism modifies theism to posit a finite God with two poles, one being theoretical infinitude. It is sometimes called “neoclassical theism.” Theists believe that an infinite personal God exists both beyond and in the universe. Those who hold a theistic worldview have a common core of beliefs. They believe that God Exists beyond and in the World, The World Was Created Ex Nihilo (the world is not eternal), Miracles Are Possible, People Are Made in God’s Image, There Is a Moral Law, and Rewards and Punishment Await. Deism is the belief in a God who made the world but who never interrupts its operations with supernatural events. It is a theism minus miracles. God does not interfere with his creation. Rather, he designed it to run independent of him by immutable natural laws. In nature, he has also provided all that his creatures need to live. Deism flourished in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries but began to die in the nineteenth century. Today its tenets live on anti-supernatural denial of miracles, critical views of the Bible, and the practice of those who believe in a supreme being who has little or nothing to do with their lives. Deism flourished in Europe, especially France and England, and in late-eighteenth century. All deists agree that there is one God, who created the world. All deists agree that God does not intervene in the world through supernatural acts. However, not all deists agree on God’s concern for the world and the existence of an afterlife for human beings. Based on these differences, four types of deism are discernible. These four types are The God of No Concern, The God of No Moral Concern, The God of Moral Concern for This Life and The God of Moral Concern for This Life and the Next.Although there are points upon which deists differ, beliefs they hold in common allow an understanding of their common worldview. These common beliefs are All deists agree that there is one God, God is an absolute unity, not a trinity, the universe is the creation of God, the universe operates by natural laws, God is as different from the universe as a painter is from a painting, a watchmaker is from a watch, and a sculptor is from a sculpture, Miracles do not occur.  Deists agree that humanity has been created by God and is adequately suited to live happily in the world. Positive things may be learned from deism. Many have agreed with the deists’ insistence on the importance and use of reason in religious matters.