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June 03, 2011

Blinders or Vision? Why Worldview Matters

Blinders or Vision? Why Worldview Matters

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a materialist who believes only in material causes and processes, there are only material problems and therefore only material solutions. This worldview is too limited to be effective in the real world.

For example, if poverty is believed only to be the lack of material goods, the solution is financial handouts. But welfare programs based on this limited definition of poverty don’t work. They keep people dependent on the system.

As Marvin Olasky wrote recently in WORLD, a Biblical worldview expands the definition of poverty. Poverty is as much relational as it is financial. Solutions to poverty that ignore the inherent connection between work and dignity, or deny the central importance of marriage are not real solutions at all. They may be the best that limited worldviews based on materialism have to offer, but the Biblical worldview offers a clearer picture of the human person and more robust solutions.

Further Reading

The Right Questions
Marvin Olasky | World | June 04, 2011

I Hope I Die Before I Get Old (Video)
American Enterprise Institute | April 20, 2011

Welfare Reform: The Next Steps
The Heritage Foundation | March 17, 2011

Married Fathers: America's Greatest Weapon against Child Poverty
Robert Rector | The Heritage Foundation | June 16, 2010

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