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Biblical Worldview -- Yahweh or the Great Mother Outline
Yahweh or the Great Mother? (also Seminar Outline Page)
Secular/pagan Worldview diagram (pdf file)
Yahweh or the Great Mother Library
Chart of Biblical vs. Perennial characteristics (pdf file)
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Biblical Worldview Library
The Secular/Pagan worldview is called "Perennial" because it pops up everywhere the Biblical view is not dominant. These two worldviews are the two ultimate choices we have regarding the formation of the cosmos.
The Perennial cosmos is distinguished from its opponent (the Biblical worldview) by its proclamation of a cosmos emerging out of some kind of primordial substance, the least complete, least personal, and least particular/concrete being possible. The Divine is the exact opposite of the personal, particular, or concrete being, more like a something, an essence, or an unformed substance. In the Perennial worldview, persons are not the basic building-blocks of reality, but rather material things (atoms, etc.) or spiritual substances, or Ideas (Platonism).
Persons "evolve" by total chance out of the original stuff, and so are mere passing bits of flotsam floating on the sea of chaos. All persons eventually dissolve back, equally by chance, into the primordial substance.
Get these worldviews under your belt, and you will be able to talk to the world around you about your Christian faith much more reasonably and convincingly.
When pushed to their logical foundations, the Biblical and the Perennial are exact counter-opposites on every major point. From the Biblical point of view, the Perennial is not "another interesting option", it is the world of the Fall.
Some of the primary resources for my development of this
understanding of the pagan worldview are the teachings of
Edmund Cherbonnier, Carl Jung,
Erich Neumann (a Jungian psychologist), author of especially The Great
Mother, and The Origins of Consciousness.
Great Chain of Being by Arthur O. Lovejoy,
The Perennial Philosophy
by Aldous Huxley, and four volume The Masks of God, by Joseph Campbell.
The pictures of the two opposing worldviews need more explanation, which will follow. My book, Yahweh or the Great Mother? hopefully will be out in 2013, comparing the two worldviews in detail. But to get started, the Secular/Pagan (Perennial - Great Mother) worldview can be graphically pictured as follows:
Pictures of Uroboros -- name (in Greek mythology) of the serpent biting his own tail, symbolizing (in one of its many 'incarnations') the cosmos as a self-contained entity -- and thus of the secular/pagan (and Fallen) cosmos. This cosmos is a "closed system" because there is nothing outside of it (such as a creator) to which to go, or with which to exchange information or energy. If it were the true worldview, it would be the universe's only perfectly closed system, no possibility of any exchange. See article in Wikipedia on Uroboros.
The Biblical world, by contrast, is an "open system" because there is communication outside the cosmos with the Creator, an exchange of energy and information. The second picture shows Uroboros encapsulating the cycle of evolution of all things out of the Ying-Yang center, the womb of the Great Mother. These were emailed by a friend.
Click here for printable *.pdf version of the Secular/Pagan Worldview pictured below (if you cannot open pdf files, click here)
The "Great Mother" is the totality of the cosmic circle, sometimes more specifically identified with the "womb" at the center, the unformed, ineffable beginning of all things. Learning the Biblical worldview first might help in understanding the Perennial version.
Click for seminar outline on Yahweh or the Great Mother?
NOTE how Pagan Cosmos is unable to provide two fundamental
stabilities of life: (1) Ontological-Personal -
no Hand of God, no
Power of Being -- life always at risk.
(2) Moral -no Voice
of God. Thus no moral authority for doing,
So, no personal stability - no Hand of God -- Thus, we begin in chance, live by chance, end by chance.
No personal security other than what we can cobble together in alliances, helped a bit by science & industry,
but always subject to whims of unending power struggle& centralized government.
And no moral stability - there being no moral principle (no Voice of God), only conflicting pragmatism based on our conflicting personal purposes. Voice of God replaced by voice of centralized government.
So life, politics, is power struggle, from one tyranny to the next, not a society rooted in the two stabilities which only God can supply.
Views of Uroboros from Wikipedia. See article for background.
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pictures of Yggdrasill, the
Norse "World Tree" at Wikipedia,
sometimes pictured with a serpent circling the tree on the ground, biting its own tail, again, the closed, self-contained circle. Click on the pictures and they will expand twice for better viewing. Uroboros is clearly surrounding the world in the first picture at Wikipedia.
See Biblical Worldview -- study the differences.
Yahweh or the Great Mother Outline
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