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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional; 1ST edition (January 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825436737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825436734
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Christian Contours is a highly intelligent, accessible guide through the issues relevant to defining, defending, developing, sustaining, living and sharing the biblical worldview. This book stands out as the most thorough treatment of these themes to date. It would make an excellent college or seminary text in Christian thought and I highly recommend it. --J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

Doug Huffman is well-qualified to author a book on biblical worldview. And his approach to the subject, linking heart and mind, fills a void in that many miss by overemphasizing the mind at the risk of forgetting the heart. We need not only Christian thinkers who grasp biblical worldview in their scholarship, but we need Christian thinkers who are grasped by a biblical worldview in their character and conduct. This is truly what it means to be a disciple. Professor Huffman is a man who exemplifies both the thinking and the living of a biblical worldview. --Barry H. Corey, President, Biola University

This carefully constructed volume enjoys the important benefit of being written by different scholars who nevertheless employ similar styles and speak with one perspective--a rare achievement among edited works. Further, the text moves from definitional, methodological, and theoretical concerns regarding the Christian worldview to questions of a far more practical nature, where we interact with everyday life. All in all, it is a remarkable achievement that combines the best of both theory and practice. I recommend it for college courses dealing with these issues and for those interested in this crucial topic. --Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

I am pleased to recommend this winsome apologia for "the" biblical (Christian) worldview. The book's many essays encourage unity among Christians around a clearly articulated worldview, urging them to strive, with all proper humility, to understand and embrace this worldview, while avoiding an unwarranted false humility that hesitates to affirm any of the "certainty" that the apostle Luke wrote about (Lk 1:4). The book also is a welcome invitation to those who do not share this worldview to seriously consider its distinctives. --David M. Howard, Jr., Professor of Old Testament, Biola University

Professor Huffman and his colleagues at Northwestern College have provided evangelicalism with a much-needed discussion of what a Christian worldview is in their book, Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart (Kregel). Their work seeks to identify, establish, and spread the biblical worldview especially to young people today who are forging their faith in a pluralistic society. The authors deftly identify five components of the biblical worldview in terms of theology, anthropology, ethics, soteriology, and epistemology. These parameters need to be re-introduced to a new generation of critical thinking college students. Moreover, the authors provide solid rationale for propagating a biblical world today at the risk of being labeled dogmatic or out of touch. This is an important contribution to an ever-increasing complex society that doubts the validity of historic Christianity. Kudos to Huffman et al! --C. Marvin Pate, Chair of Christian Theology, Pruet School of Christian Studies, Ouachita Baptist University

The text moves from definitional, methodological, and theoretical concerns regarding the Christian worldview to questions of a far more practical nature, where we interact with everyday life. All in all, it is a remarkable achievement that combines the best of both theory and practice. --Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

From the Back Cover

What does it mean to think and live Christianly in a world of competing worldviews? Christian Contours answers this question by inviting readers to consider the understanding of reality proposed by the Bible. Though it is easy to divide life into separate compartments (religious and secular, theological and practical), faith invites us to view all of life in the light of that Biblical understanding. Presenting a clear, compelling case for unity in essential Christian tenets, the authors of Christian Contours guide the reader through developing, internalizing, and articulating a biblical worldview. This robust worldview enables the Christian to be a critically-thinking participant in culture and to be a faithful disciple of Christ with both heart and mind.

More About the Author

Douglas S. Huffman (1961- ) is a native Minnesotan and now recently turned Californian. He serves as professor and associate dean of biblical and theological studies at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Before coming to Biola, Huffman taught in biblical and theological studies and served in several administrative roles at Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. His specialties include the New Testament language of Greek, the story of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, the story of the early church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, and Christian Thought, i.e. the application of Christian teaching to culture. He and his wife Deb enjoy travel, hiking, and film.

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There are so many rich phrases, paragraphs and pages in this book that I have underlined and folded back pages and written in the margins again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lighthouse88 on March 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Title: Christian Contours
Author: Douglas S. Huffman, Editor
Pages: 240
Year: 2012
Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional
Christian Contours is a good resource and easy to read, thought provoking as well as resourceful. The book is a compilation of short essays that help Christians to understand loving God with their mind as well as their heart and how to do so. The editor begins his Preface of the book stating the aims or goals of such an undertaking. Next, Douglas Huffman introduces us to the authors whose writings we will be reading in the following pages. The overarching challenge the book places before the reader is loving God with our entire mind, not just the heart or emotions.
There are two main parts of the book that deal with Biblical Worldview--what it is, how many viewpoints there are, and the worldview relationship to truth. In the second half of the book, readers are then exhorted to worldview thinking and responsibility. Each of the articles or essays places its aim on the table right up front for all to see. Then, as the reader progresses, there is a presentation of material to consider seriously. Finally, at the end of each chapter there are questions for either discussion or personal reflection, whatever the reader decides to do.
In the back of the book is an Appendix that presents a Comparison of Worldviews, followed by Christian Professional Organizations, then the book closes with an extensive Bibliography for any who choose to pursue further study or understanding. One of the benefits of reading this book is it is written for any interested person to read, so don't dismiss the book as just something "beyond" one's understanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James R. V. Matichuk on March 19, 2012
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If you were lucky enough to attend a Christian college (or Homeschool High) you probably are familiar with the importance of"the Biblical Worldview." Basically, a worldview is a conceptual framework which includes all the beliefs we hold as true (our view of the world). In Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart, the faculty of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota (a Christian college), under the editorial direction of former colleague, Douglas Huffman (now at Biola University, another Christian college), flesh out what the Biblical worldview is, its importance and how we may live faithfully, formed by our Christian convictions. This book provides an accessible guide to major issues and they do an admirable job of presenting a unified argument (no small feat, as there are ten authors in total). Bellow I will offer a brief summary of the book's contents followed by my comments.

Christian Contours is divided into two parts. In part one, Randy Nelson, Douglas Huffman, Walter Schultz and Paul Kjoss Helseth present an overview of worldview thinking and their conceptual framework for defining and addressing the Biblical worldview. In chapter one, Randy Nelson articulates the beliefs that he sees as forming the essential core of a worldview: Theology, Anthropology, Ethics, Soteriology, Epistemology (29-30). It is through these beliefs that we perceive and process reality, which in turn affect how we live. To be a Christian means we embrace the Biblical worldview (that is, the Bible informs and shapes beliefs in any of these areas).In chapter two, Huffman argues that there is one single unified biblical worldview, despite the plethora of denominations and theological viewpoints (from a standpoint of metaphysical realism).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Burkey Lifelong Learner on March 19, 2012
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Do you see the world through sun glasses or corrective lenses? A random idea I came across in a footnote from Christian Contours, but a key question in how the authors describes how a biblical worldview that shapes the mind and the heart.

Sunglasses can change reality. I see what I want to see. Corrective lenses correct my eyesight flaws to see what is. The question is from which view do you see the world?

Under the guidance of editor Douglas S. Huffman, Christian Contours seeks to answer the question how do you live as a Christian in a world of competing worldviews? Part 1 of the book lays out worldview thinking and the Biblical worldview, Part 2 speaks of worldview thinking and personal responsibility.

I knew I would enjoy this book when the opening page did not go to philosophy or some deep theological term to kick off the discussion, but to the great commandment of Jesus to love with "all the heart, all the soul, all the mind and all the strength." The heart is not the seat of emotions as it is for most Americans, but the place biblically where decisions are made.

The greatest strength of the book are the footnotes, appendices and extensive bibliography. Christian Contours is a great resource to dig deeper into a Christian worldview. Written by theology professors it looks like a primer for a college course or for one wanting to dig deeper into what a worldview with a Biblical viewpoint is and what it can mean for daily living.

The footnotes not only highlight references, but also give additional information or explanation of the source cited. The sunglasses vs. corrective lenses comparison is from a footnote I highlighted while reading.
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