Individualism is favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control.  Ties back to transcendentalism with the belief that community living isn't needed and you are to live for yourself and no one else, no matter the consequences. Also the pursuit of of your own interests, not rejecting societies beliefs but using them to form our own opinions and ideas.

Individualists also believe in natural being able to heal and make you at whole with yourself.

Movie/Fictional Character: Wild- As her life seems to continuously get worse she decides to refine who she is by embarking on a 1000 mile trail.

Song: Come as your are by Nirvana: The first lines of the song mention how they would not want you to be anyone but yourself and not to waste time being anyone else.

Come as you are, as you were,
As I want you to be
As a friend, as a friend,
As an old enemy.

Take your time, hurry up
The choice is yours,
Don't be late.
Take a rest as a friend,
As an old memory, ah
Memory, ah [3x

Individualism vs. Christian

                                                  What is a human being?

Christians: We are a single unified person. Spiritual and material are not separate “parts” but two dimensions of the same person that acts in the world. Our spiritual dimension is just as real as our material dimension. It enables us to think, to make free choices, and to love.                                                                                                                                    Individualism: Each human beings have thier own souls and are to try to only benefit their personal interests not to worry about others opinion. They believe that there is a God with us at all times, but not to rely on Him.

                                   How do we know what is right and wrong?

Christians: Our spiritual dimension includes our conscience which draws us to God and what is right, good and true, though it takes practice to know this consistently. Humans have free will to act or not to act in accordance with our conscience.                                 Individualism: Believe that right and wrong differs between person, race, and culture. That they should not worry about the possible outcomes, as long as they believe it is the right/wrong thing to do.

                                                   Is there life after death?

Christians: Each of us is responsible for what happens to us after death. We are free to choose our actions and therefore we are responsible for our actions, and will be held accountable for them.

Individualism: Since there is no "higher" form of judgement besides one self, there is life after death but they are not held accountable for their actions because there is no other right or wrong.

                                                         What is prime reality?

Christians: God is the ground of all being, sometimes even understood as the condition of being. It is God who gives of God’s-self to sustain creation continually in love.

Individualism: Prime reality would vary throughout the worldview because everyone would have their own idea of a prime reality based off their own judgements.


Bible Passage:

Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus tested by the wilderness.                                                                   "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil.2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."....                             Jesus originally went to the desert to fully find himself and when he is faced with temptation he knows that he has nothing to prove to the devil because he knows his what is right and wrong to him.


"Ideas - Religion." Ideas - Religion. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.

Nederman, Cary J. "Individualism." New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 1113-1117. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.

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