Boy, other reviewers either hated this or loved it. I'll try to be a little more balanced. This is an excellent outline of the "Christian Worldview" for those who are interested in sharpening their own thinking on it. His ammo for debunking the current state of "naturalistic" and "post-modern" thinking is good, but I think Chuck is stepping out of his area of expertise when he critiques modern culture, especially music. So a couple of the last few chapters drag the book down a bit. But it was otherwise an excellent read, and I highly recommend it to people who struggle with what it means to be an intellectual Christian in this modern age.
Mr. Colson has mistaken a mandate from Christian men for a mandate from God. His calling to minister to those in prisons does not necessarily extend to saving to world the prisoners would be released into. The knowledge and wisdom needed in the world today comes from Bible study and prayer,not the secular universities. Paul made no changes in his preaching of the Gospel regardless of where he went because he knew what Mr.Colson has apparently lost sight of. Our job is to witness, The Holy Spirit opens the heart to hear. If you are looking for an answer to the question Mr.Colson posed ,or indeed any question you may have, seek first to know God. Jesus died so that you can seek and receive the true knowledge and wisdom you need to live in this world and truly advance the Kingdom of God directly from The Father. Mr. Colson's conclusions are based on his,not generally accepted, interpretation of one Bible verse from Genesis, despite the far too numerous to list number of scripture verses that dispute them.
Unscholarly. Completely devoid of objective biblical, theological, historical and cultural analyses. Thus, misconceptions abound in terms of both Euro-American history and the biblical meaning of Christian witness. Such a book should only be attempted by a professionally-trained and experienced Christian anthropologist, sociologist or missiologist. Otherwise, objectivity is absent and obscurantism is certain. In this case, one ends up with essentially old-line flag-waving fundamentalist ideals.
Excellent book. The authors do a masterful job contrasting the Christian worldview with the other competing worldviews. They point out the consistency of our faith in Christ. Equally important is their call to action for Christians in our lifestyles. They point out in all life areas how compartmentalization of our faith is destroying our witness and our culture.I read a lot of books and this was a light bulb going off one for me. It helped me firm up a lot of ideas and beliefs that I have and bring an overall coherence to them.It's an important book for the Christian community.