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A worldview is a set of beliefs and assumptions that describe reality. A given worldview encompasses assumptions about a variety of topics, including human nature, the meaning and nature of life, and the composition of the universe itself.

The Character of Worldview

Various scholars have sought to capture the nature or character of worldview. It has been characterized, for instance, as (a) the cultural lens through which human experience is viewed, (b) the unconscious pattern of behavior in society, and (c) the pattern of thought and attitude toward life. Mbiti (1969) has identified four broad models of reality that constitute the African worldview. The first is belief in hierarchies and entities of power. This is the hierarchical arrangement and entities of power in ...

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