World Culture Analysis

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In order to discuss how this course has affected my world view of the term “culture”, I find it necessary to define both of these terms, world view and culture. The very popular Christian missiologist and anthropologist, Paul G. Hiebert, describes the term “world view” as “the vital cognitive, and evaluative presuppositions a society of people generate about the nature of things, and which they use to structure their lives. Worldviews are what people in a community take as given realities, the maps they have of reality that they use for existing” (Heibert, 2008). This indicates that a world view is an instinctive view of universal and precise things as they are perceived rather than as they actually are. Hiebert also interprets the term “culture” …show more content…
These beliefs are developed from the information received growing up. Every culture instills messages about what they believe to be appropriate behavioral identities; who we are, and how we act. As well as, teaching core beliefs; which is, what is important and why. Since our cultures give us diverse interpretations about identity and meaning, our way of following our dreams and working out differences can cause or heighten conflicts. In my opinion, there is no wrong answer according to the individuals’ view. Every group of individuals’ steadfastly believes in their cultures’ ideology. So much so that some even chose, and consider it an honor to kill or die themselves, to demonstrate what they …show more content…
Although the text book describes that both groups had many of the same beliefs, particularly that they came from the same God, Islam refer to him as” Allah”, and the Christians do not. Although they essentially worship the same God; their perceptions’ of his character are very different. Another significant difference in beliefs is that Islam believes in only one all-powerful, infinite God. They believe that Jesus Christ was a prophet not deity. As to where the Christians believe in God, and that Jesus Christ was the son of God and actually one in the same. The website Simple to Remember, Judaism Online has an article titled, “Differences Between Judaism and Islam” that discusses that Islam was founded by a man named Mohammad. He assumed that because Islam was very similar to Judaism that the Jewish population would quickly welcome this new religion. When they did not, Mohammad responded with violence and many Jews were killed as a result. The author of this article says “The real contrast between the two religions, however, lies in the basis of their theories. Judaism is based on the exclusive historical events of divine revelations experienced by the entire nation. Whereas Islam is based on the prophetic claims of a single individual who subsequently convinced others to pursue his ways” (Difference Between Judaism and

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