I have gained so much by reading this book! Extremely insightful, filled with excellent analysis on what is happening in our society, and what can be done. Goes straight to the heart of the matter and is an enjoyable read. I strongly recommend this book to teenagers, parents, and anyone else that wishes to impact our culture for the Kingdom of God!
The title, general message, and general content of Mr. Colson's book are a much needed message to 21st century Christians. He succeeds in causing one to think about the implications of the systems of thought that we adhere to. This is our duty as Christians, to think through each action, belief or word from a biblical standpoint. However, this book also contains elements of one of the most dangerous trends in modern Evangelicism. That is, it calls for unity with a Roman church that cleary teaches a gospel unknown to the biblical writers, including Jesus Himself. While we may be able to agree with certain postions that the Cathlic church takes, such as their stance on abortion, we can never do as Colson urges and unite with the Roman church as fellow brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. Living in the shadow of the Vatican itself has revealed to me how very different the two gospels of Rome and the Bible are; and I only could pray that more American evangelicals and protestants could have the same experience in order to fully understand Roman Catholic Doctrine. It seems ironic that Mr. Colson could be so painstakingly correct about a Biblical worldview while being so uncritical as to examine the true doctrine and lives of the vast majority of those within in the Roman system. Hopefully all who read will adopt his view of the Biblical worldview without this one very important blindspot.
Any work written by man will always be flawed because it was a man's hand that wrote it. Also, any work, no matter how correct and true, will always be misinterpreted. Even the Bible is no exception to this. Mr. Colson is very upfront with this view in combating against the modern culture. To a traditional mindset, this view could seem to compete with the Great Commission. That is not what he intended to communicate, but that we should stand against post-modernism within the Great Commission. This book presents the responsibility for a Christian to act and respond to every issue that we encounter with a biblical response. He presents the Christian worldview as the most logical and reasonable order of the universe. The level of detail that is given in this book is tedious for the common reader, but can help one to understand his or her own view, which is essential if you want to explain God to an intellectual skeptic as an evangelistic effort. This book is a great resource for understanding the need for an apologetic approach to our culture, and to also remind us of our responsibility as the Church to reflect Jesus Christ in our thinking and reacting as well as our ministering and evangelizing.
This is the definitive book on the Christian world view. It should be required reading for every Christian. He gives you practical steps on how to integrate your faith into your everyday life. I loved the entire book.