Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home  -     By: Glenn S. Sunshine
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Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home

Zondervan / 2009 / Paperback

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How have we come to our world views, and what influence did Christianity have on those that are common to Western civilization? In this accessible survey, Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western World Views from Rome to HomeGlenn Sunshine traces the development of the world views that underpin the Western world. He demonstrates the decisive effect the growth of Christianity had in transforming the outlook of Pagan Roman culture into one that, based on biblical concepts of humanity and its relationship with god, established virtually all the positive aspects of Western civilization. Unique among books on the topic, this book, discusses Western worldviews as a continuous narrative rather than simply as a catalogue of ideas and traces the effects changes in worldview had on society. It helps readers understand their own worldviews and those of other people and helps them recognize the consequences that worldviews hold.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310292301
ISBN-13: 9780310292302
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People often talk about worldview when describing the philosophy that guides their lives. But how have we come by our worldviews, and what impact did Christianity have on those that are common to Western civilization? This authoritative, accessible survey traces the development of the worldviews that underpin the Western world. It demonstrates the decisive impact that the growth of Christianity had in transforming the outlook of pagan Roman culture into one that, based on biblical concepts of humanity and its relationship with God, established virtually all the positive aspects of Western civilization. The two-pronged assault in our time on the biblically based worldview by postmodern philosophy and the writings of neo-atheists has made it even more crucial that we acknowledge and defend its historical roots. Unique among books on the topic, this work discusses Western worldviews as a continuous narrative rather than as simply a catalogue of ideas, and traces the effects changes in worldview had on society. It helps readers understand their own worldviews and those of other people and helps them recognize the consequences that worldviews hold. Professors, students, and armchair historians alike will profit from this book.

Author Bio

Glenn S. Sunshine (PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison) is professor of history at the Central Connecticut State University and a faculty member of the Centurions Program at Breakpoint, the worldview training ministry of Prison Fellowship Ministries. Previously, he taught at Calvin College and was a visiting professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr-Hamburg (now Helmut Schmidt University) in Germany. He is author of The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, and Reforming French Protestantism, and contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, and the Encyclopedia of Protestantism.

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    November 4, 2014
    Ramon Croes
    Quality: 5
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    Excellent work for anybody interested in worldviews and biblical foundations. A must read for up coming politicians, opinion makers and movers and shakers.
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    January 13, 2012
    Dick
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    Well written in a scholarly way. Laying out quite well how we got to our present mode of thinking from the early days of Greece and Rome. Well thought out and presented. This is highly rated!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 16, 2010
    Ronee Poyneer
    Dr. Sunshine presented new insights, kept the history interesting, and clearly showed its implications for our present time. His explanations were understandable and his applications challenging. Now, I know why I think the way I do and can explain it to others. Also, I have gained added impetus and understanding to constantly re-align my behavior and attitudes with God's world view as revealed in the Bible.
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