Kresta in the Afternoon – December 16, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Is Reality Secular? (full hour)

  • Description: What is the nature of reality? At the root of our society's deepest political and cultural divisions are the conflicting principles of four global worldviews. While each of us holds to some version of one of these worldviews, we are often unconscious of their differences as well as their underlying assumptions. The ultimate test of a worldview, philosophy or ideology is whether it corresponds with reality. We talk with Mary Poplin.
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    • Mary Poplin
      Mary Poplin is a professor in the school of educational studies at Claremont Graduate University and the author of several books, including Is Reality Secular? In 1996 she spent two months working with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity and details her experiences in her book Finding Calcutta. She is also the coeditor of "Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol: The Loss of Christian Knowledge in the the University" and "Highly Effective Teachers of Vulnerable Students: Practice Informing Theory."
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    • Is Reality Secular?: Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews

      What is the nature of reality? At the root of our society's deepest political and cultural divisions are the conflicting principles of four global worldviews. While each of us holds to some version of one of these worldviews, we are often unconscious of their differences as well as their underlying assumptions. Mary Poplin argues that the ultimate test of a worldview, philosophy or ideology is whether it corresponds with reality. Since different perspectives conflict with each other, how do we make sense of the differences? And if a worldview system accurately reflects reality, what implications does that have for our thinking and living? In this wide-ranging and perceptive study, Poplin examines four major worldviews: naturalism, humanism, pantheism and Judeo-Christian theism. She explores the fundamental assumptions of each, pressing for limitations. Ultimately she puts each perspective to the test, asking, what if this worldview is true? If reality is secular, that means something for how we orient our lives. But if reality is not best explained by secular perspectives, that would mean something quite different. Consider for yourself what is the fundamental substance of reality. (learn more)

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