Do we have a worldview?
This is my recent response to a topic on debating X-tianity. I think that it might be even more productive to ask here if my idea about the atheistic worldview makes any sense.
ORIGINAL POST: NoisForm wrote: I would be interested in seeing if someone is able to tell me what my 'worldview' is, based on my being an atheist (While this isn't intended as a direct response to Jester's post, it was one of many that inspired the question).
Alternatively, many have described atheism as a philosophy, a religion, and I imagine many other terms that are appropriate for far more comprehensive collections of ideas, views, etc.
While such a term may be applicable when speaking of Christianity, I've a difficult time accepting that any of these terms are appropriate when describing a single position on a single claim.
For this post, I'd like to focus on the term 'worldview'. A couple of definitions to keep us on track;
A comprehensive world view...encompassing natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics. (Wiki)
1. The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.
2. A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group. (Free Dictionary)
I self label atheist because I do not accept the claim 'god exists'. Based on this, could someone please tell me what my (and presumably every other atheist's) worldview is?
For a long time I inclined to think that atheists have no worldview just because they are soooo different. Liberals and Republicans, Stalinists and Pacifists, etc.
I am now considering that there is a belief that might be fundamental to all atheists and thus forming their worldview. I think that probably most if not all atheists believe that everything that happens with them and the universe is due to our actions and natural processes. ... well maybe due to aliens too.
If this belief is common for atheists then it forms the worldview according to definition #2.