The Worldviews Map - good and bad

Maps provide us with a really helpful big picture. 

Look - I am in Britain. My big map shows that Vietnam is further than India from me. 

Look - I am in Britain. My big map shows that Vietnam is further than India from me. 

We can see where different countries are positioned, their size and a few other things. Maps are good for getting the big picture, but when it comes to tiny details they are not great.

Here is a picture I took of a missing cat poster in Worthing. A big map would miss smaller details like this. Aren't you glad I included this picture? Hasn't it made your day so much better?

Here is a picture I took of a missing cat poster in Worthing. A big map would miss smaller details like this. Aren't you glad I included this picture? Hasn't it made your day so much better?


So what does this have to do with learning about Worldviews? 

Just like the big map above, here is a Worldviews Map: 

Theism, Atheism and Pantheism

Theism, Atheism and Pantheism

It isn't a geographical map - it is a map of beliefs or philosophical ideas. 

Just from a quick glance you can get some important details about the big picture - you can see that Theism is different to Atheism, and that both of those are different to Pantheism. They have different ideas about God and the afterlife. 

But where this Worldviews Map fails is that it misses the details of everyday reality. For example - lots of people aren't sure where they are. Lots of people have ideas that borrow from more than one location. There are Theists who don't believe that there is an afterlife and there are Pantheists who believe in a personal God. 

In other words: maps are bad at the tiny everyday details. They can give the impression that things are simpler than they really are. 

And they really are not. People are not stereotypes.


How should we use the Worldviews Map?

  • Use it to guide you on the bigger picture.
  • Don't trust it for the details - those are always best taken from real life examples.

Happy navigating!