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A concentric circle diagram illustrates how worldview is foundational to beliefs and how beliefs are fondational to values and how values drive behavior. Kwast explains his diagram:
"One helpful method to view a culture [is to visualize] several successive layers or levels of understanding, as one [moves from observable behavior] into the real heart of the culture. . .
"Values in a culture are not selected arbitrarily, but invariably reflect an underlying system of beliefs. . .
"At the very heart of any culture is its world view. . . Sometimes people who share the gospel cross-culturally fail to take the problem of world view into account and are therefore disappointed by the lack of genuine change their efforts produce."
Diagram and quotes taken from "Understanding Culture" by Lloyd Kwast, published in the second edition of Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, © by William Carey Library
Lloyd Kwast's model of culture is, as Kwast himself admits, "far too simple to explain the multitude of complex components and relationships that exist in every culture." It can, however, be a beginning point.
-- Howard Culbertson
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