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. Continue reading

Logical consistency, explanatory power…

Logical consistency, explanatory power and scope, fidelity to known facts, avoidance of unwarranted assumptions, and testability (making claims that can be tested and proven true or false) characterize good explanatory hypotheses.

Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 1587

The test of any worldview…

The test of any worldview is whether it conforms to reality, to the way things really are.

Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, from How Now Shall We Live?, p. 130