Episode 17: ‘The Other Worldview,’ and How Jesus is So Much Greater Than You Knew
The Thinking Christian podcast is back! I’m returning with thoughts on Peter Jones’s excellent 2015 book The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity’s Greatest Threat. There are just two worldviews, says Jones: Oneism and Twoism. Of course these two have different manifestations.
“Twoism” is Jones’ term for the view that reality is two things: There is God, and there is his creation, and they are not the same sort of reality in any way. Near the start of this podcast I invite the listener into a new way of recognizing just how transcendent God is. Near the end, it’s a study, drawn from Too Good to be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality, in how amazingly transcendent Jesus was even in his ministry on earth.
Oneism, Jones’s term for what we usually call monism, is the view that reality is basically just one thing. It could be one spiritual thing, as in Eastern religions, or one material thing, as in atheistic naturalism. Either way Oneism’s effect is to erase distinctions. We see it playing out in the call to destroy the gender binary, in animal rights activism, in the call to grant human rights to rivers and forests. Oneism ultimately fails due to its own internal contradictions.
Twoism, by the way, is the view of all three Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, although Jones and I both focus on Christianity. Philosophers typically call it dualism, but Jones was wise to avoid that word, I think, since there are so many different “dualisms.” this helps the reader focus on the one he’s talking about.
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I’m returning now after a long hiatus for health-related reasons (not COVID). My time away has given me opportunity to re-think the structure and schedule of this podcast. I’m still experimenting with it.