Western thought did not come out of a vacuum. Trace the context and development of the Western Worldview through ten eras: Greek, Hebrew, New Testament, Early Fathers through Charlemagne, Medieval, Renaissance, Reforamtion, Elightenment, 19th Century, and 20th Century. Explore the basic ideas that have led to democracy, human rights, labor laws, freedom of conscience and more with engaging text, outlines, quotes, graphics, study questions and additional resources. Glossary and Index included. 448 pages, softcover.
Revolutions in Worldview traces the historical development of the western mind through ten eras. It explores the fundamental ideas that revolutionized the way in which people thought and acted from the ancient Greeks and the Biblical writers through the Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Modern and Postmodern periods. W. Andrew Hoffecker
Learned and lucid, this multiauthor survey of Western thought about God and the world from the Greeks and Hebrews to the exotically furnished vagaries of our own time will be a boon to serious students. It is a major achievement.
J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College
Revolutions in Worldview is a magnificent intellectual and spiritual tour de
forceindeed, a feat of strength and virtuosity. This work is everything that a primer to worldview thinking should entail. From the early Greeks to present-day postmodernists, these authors explore what the human race has done to illustrate Solomons admonition to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things. (Eccl. 7:25). Solomon concluded: As for that which is far off and exceedingly deep, who can find it out. This is the lament of modern and postmodern man after 2,500 years of probing the exceedingly deep of theology (Is there a God?), philosophy (What is reality?), ethics (What is good and evil?), biology (What is life?), physics (What is dark energy?), and so
forth. I cannot recommend this book too highly. Dr. David Noebel, founder and president of Summit Ministries and author of Understanding the Times worldview curriculum
If ideas have consequences, Revolutions in Worldview shows definitively that ideas also have contexts. For those interested in defending, maintaining and promoting a Christian worldview, this book gives ample material for considering the complications and importance of the work of cultivating Christian minds. D. G. Hart, Ph.D, director of partnered projects, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Revolutions in Worldviews wealth of theological and philosophical insight is sure to make readers better lovers of God and wisdom. I hope, as the editor does, that it will be used as a formidable text in capstone courses for undergraduates regardless of discipline. I also believe it will help cast a new vision for graduate and seminary education. David K. Naugle, professor of philosophy, Dallas Baptist University and author of Worldview: The History of a Concept (Eerdmans, 2002)
Far from perfect, and perhaps not entirely unique, yet the West gave the world so much:health care, human rights, freedom of conscience, the separation of church and state,technology, humane labor laws, and flourishing arts. This book challenges the cynics and encourages advocates by explaining how it all came about, and by setting forth conditions whereby the West may continue to stay alive. William Edgar, professor of apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary,Philadelphia
Sweeping in its scope, without being simplistic, Revolutions shows how the ideas of today, together with their consequences, have not come to us ex nihilo. . .Providing historical perspective as well as critical analysis, these essays give the reader both a telescopic and a microscopic view on present-day Western culture. K. Scott Oliphint, professor of apologetics and systematic theology,Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
W. Andrew Hoffeckers Revolutions in Worldview offers insightful accounts of the intellectual, political, and social movements and forces that have shaped Christian worldviews through the course of Western history. All by themselves, the chapters Christianity from the Early Fathers to Charlemagne, Medieval Theology and the Roots of Modernity, and The Renaissance justify the price of the book! The book as a whole demonstrates two important reasons for Christians today to take worldview analysis seriously. First, the various essays show that the task of bringing our own thinking and affections into conformity with Scripture is both perpetual and complicated. The spirit of the world in every age is more diverse and more subtly attractive than we
like to admit. Second, the essays show that worldview analysis can serve many different valuable ends, from making us appreciate the faithfulness of Christians in the past, to displaying the ways that Christian worldviews can respectfully differ, to inspiring us to resist the encroachment of a worldly mindset. For readers ready to enrich their pursuit of a biblical worldview with a historical perspective, this book will be a valuable and
challenging resource. William Davis, professor of philosophy, Covenant College
Professor Hoffeckers Revolutions in Worldview is an incisive collection of essays by leading Reformed scholars who examine the historical, philosophical, and cultural roots of Western civilizationand those ideas and movements that continue to challenge the credibility and vitality of Christian faith. I warmly recommend it for use as a text in all Christian colleges and seminaries.
John Jefferson Davis, professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
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