The best way to make sense of the present is to understand the end. This is the approach Brad Alles takes in his book Starting at the End: Worldview, God's Word, & Your Future.
In light of the various opinions and disconcerting events of today, people are greatly interested to know what will happen in the future. Different worldviews are competing for precedence and it is often difficult to truly understand people who are different. Alles suggests that in order to understand the times and why people live the way they do, we have to understand their anticipated destinations. Every worldview, or way of looking at the world, has a starting assumption, a view of reality, an expectation of behavior, and a hope of a certain type of future. Starting with the vision for the future explains decisions and actions people take to try to get there.
In this book, Alles looks at various worldviews: secular humanism, Marxism, New Age, Islam, and Christianity. Each one has different assumptions and goals, so people following each one are naturally going to be different. Understanding how people think can help us to make better sense of the world and aid in better communicating and sharing ideas with others.
With refreshing clarity and a logical flow, Brad demonstrates the problems and fallacies of Islam, the New Age Movement, Marxism and Secular Humanism, while making the case for Jesus Christ as mankinds only hope and Savior.
This is an important book for any Christian who seeks to understand contemporary ideological trends. It will equip you for the challenges facing Christianity today and into the future.
-Dr. Adam Francisco,