Internal logical consistency (Are there internal logical contradictions in the worldview?)

III. Evaluation of the Worldview

This section is focused on helping you build what will become the second major section of the body of your final paper (section III in the outline above): Evaluate your selected worldview in order to show that it fails to provide a rational, livable, comprehensive system.

In Chapter 3 of Groothuis’s Christian Apologetics, he provides a list of 8 criteria that can be used to evaluate a worldview. The criteria Groothuis names are as follows:

1. explains what it ought to explain (Are there significant features of life or reality that this worldview cannot explain?)

2. internal logical consistency (Are there internal logical contradictions in the worldview?)

3. coherence (Do the various elements of the worldview fit together to form a coherent system?)

4. factual adequacy (Do the beliefs of the worldview conflict with facts we already know from other fields of study?)

5. existential viability (Is it possible to actually live out the worldview in a morally and philosophically consistent way?)

6. intellectual and cultural fecundity (Does the worldview inspire cultural and intellectual discovery, creativity, and productivity?)

7. radical ad hoc readjustment (Has the worldview had to readjust its core claims in order to accommodate new, compelling counter-evidence?)

8. simpler explanations are better than complex ones (Does the worldview offer simpler explanations about important features of reality, or more complex explanations?)

From the 8 criteria listed above, select several that you think will be most helpful in evaluating your selected worldview; and in the bullet list below, list those criteria along with an explanation briefly describing how / why the worldview fails that test. You will have the opportunity to revise, expand, or change these ideas in the next stage of the project.


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