Some guidelines for assessing rival views…

Generally speaking, we could propose some guidelines for assessing rival views. These criteria don’t necessarily receive equal weight; some will be clearer and more fundamental than others. For example, a worldview’s match-up with reality (#1) should be weighted more strongly than practical livability (#5). After all, if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then the claim that “Jesus makes me happy and gives me purpose” is sorely misguided and out of touch with reality.

  1. A worldview is more likely to be true if it’s factually supportable and matches up with what we know to be real.
  2. A worldview is more likely to be true if it is coherent or internally consistent rather than self-contradictory.
  3. A worldview that’s likely to be true must not only be internally coherent, but must also have greater explanatory power than others.
  4. If a worldview neglects or denies good and evil or morality and virtue, it is fundamentally flawed.
  5. A worldview is more likely true if it is livable. If it is impossible to carry out in everyday life, it is likely false.

Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 966

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