- Axiology, Aesthetics and Ethics
Each section provides the simplified details of how the American Worldview answers these questions.
The Theology of the American Worldview
The Theology of the American Worldview answers the philosophical questions of God. It includes answering questions related to the existence of spiritual (soteriology) entities or what is popularly referred to as “the supernatural.”
The Core Beliefs
- There is a God who is creator of all the Cosmos.
- Spiritual beings exist including the Spirit of God.
- Jesus was God in the flesh, sent to reconcile humanity to himself, and was raised to give means of eternal life to all humanity.
- God uses his Spirit to form relationships with humans who place their faith in Jesus and who surrender to his Spirit, granting eternal life with him.
- Living in this eternal loving relationship with God is the objective of existence.
The American Worldview, being derived from the Biblical Judeo-Christian Worldview, accepts the existence of a creator and ruler of the cosmos. In addition, it accepts the existence of spiritual (or “supernatural”) beings. The existence of the one and only God is identified through evidences found in Nature (commonly referred to as “Creation”) and the discoveries of human endeavors through natural philosophy (commonly known as “Science”). Spiritual awareness comes from the discovered nature of humanity from medical research, the fact of God’s existence, and the interactions between God and humankind across history.
There is only one God, and the rest of the world happens to call him the “Christian God” or “God of the Bible.” The American Worldview simply accepts him as the God. He is the creator and sustainer of all the cosmos and all that is in it. He is also the unique designer and creator of all life, and most uniquely created human life. God is by nature the essence of Goodness and is the measure by which we gauge morality. He has always been, is, and will always be, described most often as infinite or eternal, and all other things are contingent upon his sufficient power and presence. While other aspects of God’s nature can be derived logically, there is much free and open discussion within Americana about its intricacies and details.
An additional aspect of this Theology is that the one true God, creator of all things, is active in his relationship with his human creation. Across history, God has been calling out to his creation to turn to him for fulfillment and love. After thousands of years of human treachery and sin, God “sent his son” (an ancient way of saying himself), the man known as Yeshua or Jesus, to suffer and die in our place, so that all humanity, past and present, may be reconciled to him. This results in living a life connected to the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, and obedience to God, all of whom are the One true God in different forms of interaction with his human creation.
These facts are what Americans place their faith in. The understanding of this relationship between man and God through Christ (another reference to Jesus) is deeply ingrained in every other area of belief within the American Worldview. It is from God that all Natural Law and the Natural Law Order (or morality which governs all humanity) has come and is enforced by his power. Every person experiences the presence of God in their life and when they surrender to him fully, become transformed in their very nature. The hope for all Americans is in the return of Christ and the coming of the new heaven and the new earth at his return. This is another area of vibrant and engaging discussion and debate within Americana.
There is, however, a gradation of Theology within the American Worldview. In its most base and raw form, the Theology of the AWV holds to the existence of the creator of the cosmos that is titled “God” for sake of simplicity in reference. This base belief is typically referred to as Monotheism. Within Monotheism, there is a scale that measures the degree to which the one God interacts with his creation. This goes from one end of the scale called commonly Deism, which views that God does not interact with his creation, but did create the cosmos and set it in motion. The other end of the scale would be Determinism (though there are other names) which suggests that God is in control of everything and all things are predestined or “Predetermined” by him. In its most innocent and true form, the Theology of the common believer in the American Worldview is as described above, which is a middle ground between these two extremes.