another project WORLDVIEW worldview theme                 copyright 2022              Home         


My faith in what I believe is free from doubt. If you'd had my experience, you'd also believe! I understand what it is to be a Believer. I like to think of myself as devoted to a noble cause in the fight for justice or search for Truth. I too can overcome obstacles through courage, persistence, and Shining Purity. I define who I am, magnify my identity, and recognize my enemies through my crusades. (Note: Faith is used here in a broadly defined spiritual context. Critics say true believers have an "excess of certitude" and / or cite their “irrational persistence” in holding “untenable beliefs.”)

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with:  #1B Skeptic  to make Choice #4  in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 1.0  version 2.0  version 3.0        is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #61, posted 9/25/2019 "Climate Deniers and the Seductive Appeal of Certainty"
Worldview Watch issue #38, posted 5/16/2014 "Connecting September 11, 2001 to Worldview Themes"
Worldview Watch issue #31: posted 3/26/2013: "God, Science, Faith"
Worldview Watch issue #14, posted 12/16/2010: "Science and Theology: "The Humble Approach" "

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

 Faith    Belief     Confirmation Bias  
righteousness  noble cause corruption  The True Believer, book by Eric Hoffer
  Dogma    religious doctrine true believer syndrome

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1A   Humbly Unsure    #3 Valuing Honesty, Learning  #30    Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom  
#36A Cynicism #101A Mind Open, Vision Global    #201A Evidence-Based     
#32B Culture of Tolerance 

More to Explore --Worldview Theme #2A: The True Believer

Philosophical Isms (information on 220 philosophical, political, or moral doctrines or belief systems)
This I Believe (home page of NPR program 2005-2009  revival of 1950's program hosted by Edward R. Murrow)
List of Over 500 Human Values   (with links)
The Faith Angle Forum ("aims to strengthen reporting and commentary on how religious believers...affect American politics and public life.")
Eric Hoffer (author: The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements; The Passionate State of Mind, and others)
The True Believer Revisited, by Tim Madigan (article from Philosophy Now)
true-believer syndrome  (from
The Fixation of Belief, by Charles Sanders Peirce (classic essay)
Absolute Certainty: The Grip of  Belief, by Terry Walstrom  (confessions of a former religious true believer)
Truth: A Guide, by Simon Blackburn (read portions of this book on Google Books website)
The Truth Contest ("seeking answers to the big questions of life, the truth about life and death")
Belief: What it Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling by James Alcock (more from Amazon on this 2018 Prometheus Books offering) 
“Reflective Beliefs” by Hugo Mercier (Essay 2017 contribution to

Knowledge--A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel (book review by Steven Poole The Guardian Oct 2014)

Denial: Self Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind  by Ajit Varki & Danny Brower (link to author’s UCSD website with excerpts, reviews of this 2013 book)
The Righteous Mind -- Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt  (New York Times 2012 book review by William Saletan)
The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer (read excerpts of this 2011 book)
Responsible Thinking by Bob Korn (an online book about critical thinking and the problem of false beliefs)
The Faith Instinct by Nicholas Wade (2009 book re: "how religion evolved and why it endures")
"Are These Uncertain Times Drawing Us Into a Cycle of Dogma and Prejudice?" (Jan 25 2017 research report) 
The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values by Nick Spencer (book review from The Economist November 5 2016)
"A Candid Welcome" by Meg Riley (spring 2012 article on ten religious beliefs that divide people)
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science by Chris Mooney (April 2011 Mother Jones article)
The Biology of Belief, by Jeffrey Kluger (article from Time February 23, 2009) 
Do Religious Leaders Believe Their Religion? by Ken Perrott (July 2007 article w/ links to related ones)
All About the Journey (how a "practicing atheist" became a true believer--a book by Randall Niles and whole website)
Popper's Inversion / Leaving Truth (website of "hard-core empiricists...with an axe to grind" that questions "why we believe" in thoughtful way)
What is Faith?  (essay on Progressive Humanism website) 
Evolving God: A Provocative View of the Origins of Religion, Barbara J. King  (review of this 2007 book )
noble causes to make the world a better place that need support
Common Dreams (progressive slant) 
Reasons to Believe (Christian slant)   
Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America by John Avlon (review of 2010 book)
The Purpose Driven Life (website of book from Christian author, Rick Warren)
Stages of Faith Development (a Unitarian Universalist religious education handout)
"The greatest threat to civility excess of certitude"  (from "The Oddness of Everything", by George Will, in Newsweek (offers a spiritual approach to your daily health and happiness)
When Faiths Collide, by Martin E. Marty (a call to embrace religious pluralism by U. of Chicago professor)
Love the Contradictions, by Robert Hardies (UU perspective) 
Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Religion, by Chet Raymo
quotes related to belief

back to Theme Choices version 5.0 structure

"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.