Charles Kraft's Christianity With Power

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In chapter two of “Christianity with Power,” Charles H. Kraft discusses the two types of realities: reality and REALITY. He describes “reality” as a human’s view of reality and “REALITY” as what is actually there (as God sees it). Kraft explains that our view of reality is fuzzy and partial compared to God’s view of REALITY. He uses the well-known story of the blind men and the elephant to prove that one’s perspective of the world differs from another. Kraft presents four alternative views of reality. The first view, which is described as dogmatic, is the denial that there is any difference between reality and REALITY. The second view is described as the opposite of the first view. As described by Kraft, those who take this approach recognize that the way one person or one group understands things is not necessarily totally right, while the…show more content…
Kraft explores worldview functions in appendix A of “Christianity with Power.” He starts by overviewing worldview functions and universals. The four worldview functions are explaining, evaluating and validating, assigning and prioritizing commitments, interpreting, integrating, and adapting. The “explaining” function discusses how we, as a society, develop our picture of what REALITY looks like. The “evaluating and validating” function is to enable people to evaluate what goes on and around inside of them and validate common perceptions and behaviors. The “assigning and prioritizing commitments” function serves to enable us to sort out, arrange, and make different commitments, allegiances, or loyalties the the things we assume, value, and do. Interpreting is described as a complex process; the function serves to help people interpret and assign meaning to life. The “integrating” function is to relate each aspect of culture to all others. Lastly, the “adapting” function discusses adapting to internal and external pressure for

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