While differences in opinion are common and to be expected, it’s important to realize what’s behind the opinion. Call it a worldview, perspective, viewpoint, or weltanschauung, any specific opinion is the result of everything that came before that opinion.
In talking to people, I like to ask questions that dance around the specific opinion and at first does not even appear related to it. Where were you raised? What was it like in your home growing up? Where did you go to school? Have you ever been to church?
Often the answers to these questions connect the dots and help me better understand where the person is coming from and why we differ so much on a given topic.
In his essay, The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis has a chapter entitled “Is Theology Poetry?” He closes that chapter with these last couple of sentences,
“Christian theology can fit in science, art, morality, and the sub-Christian religions. The scientific point of view cannot fit in any of these things, not even science itself. I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”1
That last sentence goes a long way to explaining a lot of differences of opinion.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 2:5.
- C. S. Lewis. The Weight of Glory and Other Essays (HarperCollins Publishers, Inc, 1976), 140.