In “The Ultimate Elevator Pitch: Can you sell your worldview in thirty seconds or less?” I invited readers to share their incisive summary statements of their worldview. I received the following responses. If you want to contribute your own pitch, email it to me at my contact page and I’ll post a follow-up article. I think this is a valuable exercise to consider what is the distilled essence of what I believe and why?
The Atheist Missionary
“We know that we evolved just like every other life form on earth and are still evolving. We also know that we are related to every other life form on earth. There is much that we don’t know and may never be capable of knowing. Death seems to be a natural part of life – the withering and decomposition of a flower seems to be inseparable from its bloom. Religions (which evolve too) and the concept of evil as a metaphysical force appear to be humanity’s coping mechanism with the reality that suffering and death are part of the natural order. Does this leave us with nothing but nihilism? Not if you adopt an existential stance tempered with a strong dose of stoicism. Now we can spend the next 30,000 seconds trying to reconcile those two philosophies …”
“I am a Christian because my experience as a software engineer convinces me firmly that there is an intelligence behind life and based on the historical evidence, I think more likely than not, Christian is true. It provides hope, meaning, and purpose in this life and eternal bliss in the next.”
“We consider that there are things, objects, persons … There are extremely good approximations of them, enabling us to use them for most practical purposes, but they do not exist as such, because of the sorites paradox. The only possible exception is mathematical structures. These can include our universe, which would appear as physical when perceived from the inside by (approximate) self-aware sub-structures.”
“We are morally flawed self-conscious beings living in a beautiful world filled with evil and pain. The Biblical explanation is that God created a good world, but we chose to serve Satan, who now has control of it. Jesus died and rose from the dead to rescue us from this evil being, and he will return to destroy Satan and transform us and this world into the good creation it was meant to be.”