Analysis of Worldview
Christian Perspective as Opposed to Postmodern Relativism in Healthcare
Christian Perspective is built on spirituality, belief, and ethics that there exists a supernatural being, god. Looking the same from a healthcare point of view, Christians believe that physicians are inspired by God, who is in charge of diseases, wellness, and health. When one is spiritual and is a believer of Christ, s/he can reach out to God to intervene when sickness crops in. spiritual people believe that they can cure a disease even without seeking medical intervention. The same applies if an intercessor calls upon the Lord to heal another person from sickness. Therefore, the Christian perspective holds that it is mighty and holds the key to healing. God restore one’s health without any therapy. Furthermore, the Christian perspective holds god allows ailment upon his children to test their faith or see God’s intervention. For instance, Job was tested by god. He went hungry, broke, and became sick, but he did not leave god. Christian ethics imparts Christians to exercise beneficence and avoid non-maleficence (Villegas, 2018). The Bible insists that the root of good deeds is centered on love.
Postmodern relativism is somewhat different from the Christian worldview. Postmodern relativism is contemptuous when it comes to matters of health, wellness, and diseases. It is apprehensive to scientific theories about treatments and medicines (Boyne & Rattansi, 2017). Consistent with postmodern relativism, all nursing undertakings lack certainty or exactness. Postmodern relativist cites gaps in evidence-based practices applied in care. Therefore, sickness diagnosis and treatment are hooked on the perception of the observer.
Description of and Arguments against Scientism
Scientism is contemplation that scientific knowledge as answers to all questions or problems around the globe. In fact, scientists believe that they know the root cause of all diseases and can develop medications. In other words, all knowledge comes from scientific theories. The philosophy of scientism explains the earth phenomena and the universe. Scientism started to gain ground during the renaissance. Scientism pioneers or adherents suck as Galileo Galilei, Christopher Columbus, and Rene Descartes were disputing previous theories. These scientists were disputing God’s church and word, which alleged that the earth is flat, and past philosophical thinkers. Among others, Christopher maintained that the theories were faulty even if other people thought they were insane. Most of these revolt scientists were incarcerated, but their scientific claims were proved (Gasparatou, 2017).
Nonetheless, scientism is disputed like any form of cult or belief. Arguments challenge pieces of literature and pieces of evidence presented by proponents of scientism.
There are many arguments against scientism, but only two will be deliberated. Scientism fails to explicate human beings’ free will (Gasparatou, 2017).In contrast, neurosurgeons and neurologists cannot explain copiously how the human brain function functions when differentiating right and wrong deeds (Francis, Astley, & McKenna, 2018). Consequently, scientism cannot enlighten curious people about what free will is and how they think. The other argument that disputes scientism questions its dependence on repetition observations. Scientism maintains that an experiment in science can be repeated and the same results collected. Upheavals hold that innovation cannot be induced, and new knowledge is formed if scientists believe in replicating results.
Definition of ultimate reality is quite perplexing; however, the term “ultimate” literally means something nearing climax, peak, or the end. So, ultimate reality means veracity that stands its’ ground no matter assumptions, cults, and beliefs. The ultimate reality is that there is a living God, human beings who sire children, the world is spherical, and people need oxygen to survive.
The Nature of the Universe
The universe encompasses everything, touchable or non-touchable, visible or non-visible, found on earth and beyond. Living things such as human beings and animals are some of the elements in the universe. Explorers have physically found some creatures and items in waters and the solar system. The universe is made up of very many things and galaxies. Therefore, the nature of the universe is still a complicated jigsaw puzzle that humans cannot solve on earth.
A Human Being
A human being is a living creature created by god but occupies planet earth. A human being is the most gifted and abled of all animals that live on earth. Human beings reason and make decisions, unlike other animals. Human beings are endowed with free will. They can differentiate between right and wrong. Nonetheless, human beings cannot be entirely defined by scientific theories or concepts. The special creatures are in charge of the earth.
They use the available resources to tend to other animals and benefit as well. Humans have studied their bodies, learned how organs function and determined how disease affects their bodies. They have developed interventions and therapies that help in curing diseases. Unfortunately, despite all the preeminence endowed, they cannot prevent death or overcome it.
I believe knowledge is acquired information. Even if knowledge is measured, its’ existence cannot be physically justified. In simpler terms, everyone is born without knowledge. Humans have to undergo training to learn, store, interpret and actualize/demonstrate information gathered. It is said that knowledge is stored in the human brain for recall. However, it is not proven how knowledge is physically coded in the brain. The dichotomy of mind and brain make it hard to understand how knowledge is stored or interpreted. However, the brain is a physical and visible reality, whereas the mind is an abstract reality.
My Personal Basis of Ethics
The Christian world view of following the Ten Commandments is my personal basis of ethics. Even though I get pulled in different directions that would be considered unethical, I still find ways to avoid those dilemmas. It has never been my wish to harm or see other people suffering. I have learned the art of forgiving, even if one hurts me. The holy bible teaches us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Also, I believe in giving others autonomy to express their selves. We are all equal in the eyes of the lord. Everyone deserves privileges, God-given freedom, and human rights. Another personal basis of ethics is geared towards exercise parity to everyone. Resources should be shared unselectively irrespective of religion, political affiliation, economic status, culture, language, race, ethnicity, beliefs, literacy level, and creed level.
The Purpose of My Existence
God’s grace drives my primary purpose of existence. I am obliged to serve God faithfully. I have to coexist with other humans and creatures. The Christian worldview also trains me to live a righteous life and make the world a better place. I have to use earth resources and positively develop the world. I have to bring people into the light and touch their lives.
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