What is a Worldview?

Definition of worldview.

What is a Worldview?


A worldview is a way of looking at and explaining life and the world.  It serves as a lens through which the world is interpreted.  It is a set of beliefs that influences a person's perspective, values and actions.  A worldview is a type of belief system or ideology.

There are many questions in life, but some are more important than others.  A worldview typically addresses life's biggest questions, including:

How did we get here?  This question addresses origins.  

Why are we here?  This question addresses meaning.

Where are we going?  This question addresses the future and the afterlife.

Who's in charge?  This question addresses the existence of a supreme being.

There are hundreds of worldviews.  Examples include:

  • Animal rights activism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity 
  • Communism
  • Confucianism
  • Feminism
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Jainism
  • Judaism
  • New Age
  • Paganism
  • Shintoism
  • Sikhism
  • Taoism
  • White supremacy
  • Zoroastrianism

Most worldviews have a strong religious component.  Some worldviews, though, focus more on politics or a social issue.