5 years ago: Weltanschauung

September 13, 2008, here on slacktivist: Weltanschauung

Other Christians may use the word too, occasionally, rarely, in a way that conforms more closely to its usual dictionary definition or to the way the German sociologists used it when they coined the term weltanschauung. But when you hear it used frequently, the way it’s employed by the BJU Press and the Worldview Weekend folks above, it is a signpost term. It helps to show where the user falls on the spectrum between typical Christianity Today/Wheaton College/Ned Flanders mainstream evangelicalism and the scary lunatic fringe of radical separatists, dominionists and third-generation homeschoolers. The more you hear someone talk about “Christian worldviews” or “biblical worldviews” the further to the extreme right of that spectrum you can expect them to be.

Use of the word in this sense tells you that the speaker is almost certainly a persecuted hegemon — someone who simultaneously believes that America is a “Christian nation,” founded on Christian principles and that Christians in America are a persecuted, um, majority. It suggests that the speaker distrusts public schools. That they’re inclined to oppose the separation of church and state. That they likely believe in young-earth creationism, probably even believing that Josh McDowell and/or Kirk Cameron has disproved evolution. They believe in moral absolutes — and have absolute confidence in their ability to know them absolutely. They believe that America’s troubles trace back to Engel v. Vitale and Roe v. Wade and believe that God will bless America once those rulings are overturned.

  • Daniel

    An interesting attempt by one world view to cater for another is this Chick tract, described on the Chick website as “An adaptation of “One Way!” Drawn especially for Native American readers.” Read and enjoy. (There are no words.)

    http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1710/1710_01.asp

  • Alix

    There are never words for Chick tracts. Just incoherent sputtering.

  • http://hummingwolf.livejournal.com/ Hummingwolf

    I wonder what the “watch this” at the end of the original post referred to. My browser shows a blank.

  • Matri

    That was just-
    I can’t even-
    How does he-

    Whut??

  • Daniel

    OT but following other exchanges with your good self I thought this might be of interest-
    http://balkanologie.revues.org/545?file=1
    Comparisons of folk magic amongst communities in the Balkans.

  • Alix

    Ooh. Thanks for the link!

  • Hexep

    It’s true; there’s no thing at the end anymore.

  • reynard61

    I thought that the message in that tract is pretty clear: You can only be happy — and be a *good* Christian — if you “become” a *White* Christian. (Meaning that you have to be willing to break *ALL* ties — *especially* religious — to your Native American or [insert other non-White, non-Christian ethnic group here] heritage, or you’re just another one o’ them Dirty Heathenfolk on Satan’s One-Way Express Elevator to Hell…*GOIN’ DOWN!!!*)

  • reynard61

    “Use of the word in this sense tells you that the speaker is almost certainly a persecuted hegemon — someone who simultaneously believes that America is a ‘Christian nation,’ founded on Christian principles and that Christians in America are a persecuted, um, majority. It suggests that the speaker distrusts public schools. That they’re inclined to oppose the separation of church and state. That they likely believe in young-earth creationism, probably even believing that Josh McDowell and/or Kirk Cameron has disproved evolution. They believe in moral absolutes — and have absolute confidence in their ability to know them absolutely. They believe that America’s troubles trace back to Engel v. Vitale and Roe v. Wade and believe that God will bless America once those rulings are overturned.”

    QFT, Fred; and if anything, things have only gotten worse…

  • http://www.ghiapet.net/ Randy Owens

    The code’s still there, but YouTube links have changed format since then. You can get a current format link that comes out to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1lf1I4eFTw , but the account that posted it once upon a time is no more, so the video is no longer available.

  • Daniel

    There’s also the more direct message “I assume you can’t read white man’s words, so I haven’t included any.”
    I wonder why exactly an exhibition of kitschy Christian art in a very poorly set out gallery is going to fill them with the love of God and instantly clear all those leeches (?) off their skin. And did you notice the first thing the unredeemed Native American does when leaving said breeze block gallery? Yep. Takes a swig of firewater.

  • reynard61

    “I wonder why exactly an exhibition of kitschy Christian art in a very poorly set out gallery is going to fill them with the love of God and instantly clear all those leeches (?) off their skin.”

    I’m pretty sure that those “leeches” are a visual representation of the dirt/stain of sin. (IIRC, Chick uses this symbolism in a number of his other “comics”.) Nothing subtle about him, no siree…

  • reynard61

    IIRC, this was a clip of Sister Sarah talking about how much Christianity informs her own weltanschauung and would continue to do so when she was elected Pres…*ahem!*…Vice President. (I remember it mainly because it shows what an asshole she is.)

  • Daniel

    Yeah I got that, but I chose to interpret them more “literally”.

  • http://tellmewhytheworldisweird.blogspot.com/ perfectnumber628

    The love gift!

  • Daniel

    Who needs words when you’ve got God’s Love Gift? (Given in an anonymous, windowless hole-in-the-wall that looks like it may sell “specialist” equipment”).

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    That they likely believe in young-earth creationism, probably even believing that Josh McDowell and/or Kirk Cameron has disproved evolution.

    No Ray Comfort and his magic banana?

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    They believe in moral absolutes — and have absolute confidence in their ability to know them absolutely.

    They’re Sith?

  • Daniel

    Take that love gift. Yeah.

  • Inquisitive Raven

    Do remember that Cam-Cam co-starred in that video.

  • Fanraeth

    Well, they are fueled by hatred, fear, and anger.


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