|By Business Wire||
|August 15, 2013 06:42 PM EDT||
Certainly we desire to see clearly. There are many decisions to be made, decisions that are informed by our view of the world or worldview. The controversies that roil over issues of equality, federalism, and education, for example, are at their core problems of worldview.
“We see this continuing friction between opposing worldviews across the spectrum of human activity,” Cloer notes. “From how to define marriage to the geopolitics of human rights, words and bullets fly as various subgroups vie for acceptance, just treatment or equality.”
In Blinded by the Dark, Cloer explores the need for more than a materialist view of the world. “Science is a way of knowing, but not of knowing everything we need. We need our spiritual eyes restored.”
It has long been recognized that through experience we learn what to expect in the world, and that these expectations have both positive and negative consequences. On the positive, expectation allows us to anticipate and be ready to deal with situations that we already understand might arise. But on the negative side, expectations can also blind us to reality — the unexpected, while real, is overlooked entirely. Unfortunately, once we have established our own “reality” it becomes our comfort zone.
Cloer explains, “Our comfort zone includes our national, tribal, familial and individual stories. It is through our cultural sense of self that we meet our psychological need for consistency of worldview. This consistency brings us a sense of security and a shared understanding of who we are in space and time.”
Stepping out of this comfort zone is an ongoing challenge. “Embracing the materialism of science and universalizing it as the source of ultimate answers is a common mistake.”
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