I’ve always been a reader. Instead of going to bed when I was supposed to as a little kid I would hide under the covers with a book and a flashlight. I remember reading the C.S. Lewis children’s books, the series about Encyclopedia Brown, and many others. One type of book that I always enjoyed was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books. They were adventure books that were unique in two ways. First off, they were written in the second-person pronoun meaning they used the word “you” rather than “he or she.” This made you feel like you were a part of the story. And secondly, you got to decide how the story turned out by turning to a different page based on what kind of decision you would make in the adventure story. (Of course, I would re-read the book over and over again until I had covered every possible outcome.)
As I got into high school I began to read books that were more exciting with subjects about math and science, Creation books by Ken Hamm, and books on Apologetics. Obviously, I’m still a nerd, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw a choose-your-own-adventure style book about world views. The book is called What’s Your Worldview and it’s written by James Anderson. In the introduction, he defines a person’s worldview as “an individual’s all-encomplassing perspective on everything that exists and matters to us.” Generally, a person’s religion will affect their worldview, but every person has a world view even if they do not practice a religion of any kind. The author has a Christian worldview, like myself, and since this is the most consistent worldview I found out that I wasn’t really skipping around but just reading straight through the book. I realized that the book would be extremely useful for someone without a more consistent worldview in order for them to really think about what they believe.
In the final half of the book the author goes through over 20 world views that include various theologies ranging from Atheistic Dualism to Pantheism to Unitarianism. This section was the most helpful for me as a Christian who is trying to engage the world in which I live. I was able to see how people think who come from a totally different perspective than I do. I pray that I can use my deeper understanding of people’s beliefs in order to best converse with them about the gospel.