In “Jesus Among Secular Gods: Ch. 8, Pt. 1: Love the Truth,” Shawn and Ivy read Vince Vitale’s list of worldviews and the partial truths they contain. Then Ivy asked the following questions:
- Which one or two “isms” most interested or challenged you? Why?
- Which partial truth most appeals to you and why?
Ivy mentioned that answering these questions can help us see what we find beautiful in the gospel, and it can help us see where we’re weak. How does your answer help you see the glory of the gospel?
Scientism: The partial truth is that science explains a lot. But we forget that it cannot explain itself, and it cannot explain many of the most important things in life.
Relativism: The partial truth is that refusing to see things from another’s perspective is dangerous and lacks love. But we forget that this relies on there being an objective perspective according to which those different from us are valuable and worthy of respect.
Pantheism: The partial truth is that the divine is everywhere and that union with the divine is our destiny. But that union is not the union of sameness but the union of relationship.
Pluralism: The partial truth is that no worldview has a monopoly on truth. But we mistake this for all worldviews being equally true.
Humanism: Human persons were indeed made for greatness. But greatness results from divine grace and strength, not human self-reliance.
Hedonism: Pleasure is good. But it is not all that is good.