Worldview and Writing

Episode #11 – April 6, 2023

Welcome to episode 11 of the Writing on Caffeine podcast. My daughter (Ragan Franzone) and I (Jonathan Franzone) are a father and daughter who have decided to write our very first novel. In this podcast, we are inviting you to come along on this journey with us.

In this episode, Jonathan and Ragan discuss the impact of worldview on writing fiction. Is it possible to write without a worldview? Should we leverage our worldview to create more compelling stories?

What is a Worldview?

A worldview refers to the set of beliefs, values, attitudes, and assumptions that an individual or group of individuals holds about the world, themselves, and their place in it. It encompasses a wide range of perspectives and can be influenced by many factors such as culture, religion, philosophy, education, and personal experiences. A worldview can shape how individuals interpret and interact with the world around them, guide their decision-making processes, and influence their behavior and actions.

Where Did the Term “Worldview” Originate?

The term “worldview” is believed to have been first used by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) in his Critique of Pure Reason. However, it was the Dutch philosopher and theologian Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) who popularized the term in the late 19th and early 20th centuries through his writings and speeches. Kuyper emphasized the importance of recognizing the role of worldview in shaping human thought and behavior, and he argued that a Christian worldview was essential for understanding and engaging with the world. Since then, the term “worldview” has become widely used in a variety of academic and intellectual contexts.

Abraham Kuyper was a Christian as are we. He famously said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”


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