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Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is the lens through which we interpret the cosmos and our lives in it. A worldview answers the big questions of life: What is our nature? What is our world? What is our problem? What is our End?

As Anderson, Clark, and Naugle point out, our worldview cannot simply be reduced to a series of rational beliefs. We are creatures of story, and the kinds of stories we tell reveal important things about our worldview. Part of being a thoughtful Christian means being able to understand and express the Christian worldview as well as developing an awareness of the variety of worldviews there are. An Introduction to Christian Worldview takes you further into answering questions such as:

  • Why do worldviews matter?
  • What characterizes a Christian worldview?
  • How can we analyze and describe a worldview?
  • What are the most common secular and religious worldviews?

As these questions and many more are addressed throughout the text, a call for a holistic Christian worldview that is both verbalized and practically lived out is made, with the realization that life is lived out in a pluralistic world. Well organized, clearly written, and featuring reflection questions and aids for learning, An Introduction to Christian Worldview is the essential text for either the classroom or for self-study.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830851232
ISBN-13: 9780830851232

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Tawa J. Anderson (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of philosophy and director of the honor program at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He previously served as a Garrett Fellow at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, guest lecturing in a broad variety of philosophy courses. He also served for seven years as the English pastor of Edmonton Chinese Baptist Church and as part-time Baptist chaplain at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Anderson is passionate about contemporary Christian philosophy, particularly philosophical apologetics, and has written several articles in journals such as , and He is a certified apologetics instructor with the North American Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and has led apologetic workshops, seminars, and conferences in western Canada, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Colorado. He and his wife, Vanessa, have three children. W. Michael Clark (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; JD, Arizona State University) is a law clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals. He previously taught at Oklahoma Baptist University for three years before entering law school. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. David K. Naugle (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Texas at Arlington) is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University, where he has worked for over two decades. He is also the director of the Paideia College Society (formerly the Pew College Society) and a weekly lecture series at Dallas Baptist University called the "Friday Symposium. He is the author of , , and , a volume in the series Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition. Naugle serves as a Colson Fellow for the Wilberforce Forum, the Christian worldview think tank sponsored by Prison Fellowship near Washington, D. C. He is also on the advisory boards of the International Institute of Christian Studies and the Bryan Center for Critical Thought & Practice, and he serves on the editorial board of the journal .

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  1. Jimmy Reagan
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    January 25, 2018
    Jimmy Reagan
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    Its great to see this outstanding textbook come down the pike on Christian worldview. Tawa J. Anderson, W. Michael Clark, and David K. Naugle have teamed to produce an eminently readable book on understanding worldview as it presents itself in a pluralistic age. Teachers will love it for its accuracy while students will appreciate it for its clarity.

    The book is divided into three main parts. In Part 1 three chapters introduce worldview, in Part 2 three chapters explain the contours of a Christian worldview, and in Part 3 two chapters analyze various worldviews.

    Part 1 succeeds in explaining the overall concept of worldview. Philosophy and logic are expertly brought in while up-to-date examples are provided. For example, it was amazing how one of the authors love of TV detectives could be brought in on a few occasions to make a great point. I loved it.

    When Part 2 transitioned to explaining a Christian worldview, the book continued to deliver. In this case, I was amazed at how well theology, and I mean in-depth theology, was worked into the discussion in a perceptive way.

    Part 3 was somewhat less interesting to me but had to be discussed in a book of this nature. Western philosophical alternatives, as well as global religious alternatives, were reviewed. The conclusion tied the parts together in a meaningful way.

    You will appreciate, as well, how the book is laid out. In each chapter, you will find reflection questions, illustrations entitled scenic view, as well as some charts that really advance understanding. Every chapter ended with a list of things that you should be able to do if you mastered the chapter, a glossary of terms for that chapter, and even a list of possible term paper topics.

    This book exceeded my expectations. Im convinced I will be pulling it down from the shelf with profit in the future. It deserves an A+ rating.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. The Geeky Calvinist
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    There has been a lot of Works written recently about a Christian worldview. In fact I have a few of them on my desk currently. Yet While others Focus on more topical application of a Christian worldview, three seldomly is there a work which details how to build a Christian worldview using the Bible as its foundation. One such work is, and Introduction to Christian: Pursuing Gods perspective in a pluralistic world by Tawa J. Anderson, W. Michael Clark, and David K. Naugle.

    An introduction to Christian worldview, is a mid-size work which can be used as a personal introduction to worldview but also has enough Scholastic weight to be used as part of a high school or early college level class. This work is divided into three parts which build upon one another so that when the reader is done with the book they are able to understand how to view the world through a Biblical Christian net, and how to defend their viewpoint Biblically. Of important note here is the emphasis on defending a Christian worldview against that of the cultures preoccupation with pluralistic views. In a world dominated by pluralism this work stands apart defending absolute truth and foundationalism. In addition to the content itself, there are various excursus found in the text entitled stop and pause, in which the reader is invited to stop the reading, see where the author is coming from Biblically, and how to act according to scripture. In addition to the previous excursus there are also other sections include reflection questions and a summary section at the end of each chapter entitled mastering the material.

    On the topic of mastering the material section, there are a few specific items which a professor should note. The first is there is a summary section followed by a glossary of terms for each chapter. And if that is not enough there is also a section which details possible term paper topics dealing with what was discussed in the previous chapter. In regards to writing a possible term paper the last part of the mastering the material section list a few books in which a person can start the research. In the end an introduction to Christian worldview, is well worth the cost for both professors as well as personal use.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
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