What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close
With rendition switcher

Transcript

Question: Are you worried about the prospect of a Mormon president?

 

Rick Warren: America was founded by Judeo-Christian beliefs. But we are a pluralistic society. We do not believe in separation of faith and politics. We do believe in separation of church and state.

Those are two different issues. You cannot separate faith and politics, because faith is simply a worldview. You have a Christian worldview, or you have a dozen different Christian worldviews. Or you have a dozen different Jewish worldviews. Or a dozen different Muslim worldviews, okay? Not all Muslims are alike. Not all secularists are alike. All humanists are not alike, and that’s the worldview.

So nobody can say, “Well I’m not going to let my worldview affect my decisions.” Of course it will. A secularist will let his secular worldview influence his decision. So it’s simply ingenuous and not honest to say that my faith or my worldview will not affect my leadership. It will.

And when you vote for a candidate, you’re voting for their worldview also. Now the thing about America is, nobody wins all the time. I think that’s a good thing, you know? And the fact is, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. And it works on the area of if I got my way all the time, well then I’m sure I’d get it wrong on some stuff. And so the checks and balances are a good thing.

 

Recorded on: December 11, 2007

 

 

Are you worried about the p...

Newsletter: Share: