Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $22.99
  • Save: $6.57 (29%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Christian Contours: How a... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Guaranteed Happiness! Good: This book is in good shape, has standard wear and probably a few marks on the outside, inside may have some writing or highlighting, but not an overwhelming amount.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart Paperback – January 12, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$16.42
$11.49 $0.03

Practical help for prayer
Praying the Bible
Praying the Bible
Praying the Bible
$16.42 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 13 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart
  • +
  • The Integration of Faith and Learning: A Worldview Approach
Total price: $45.22
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (January 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825436737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825436734
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
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).
Read more ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Read more ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Let's start with the positive here: If you're looking for materials that will help you develop a Christian worldview, this book can help. Unfortunately, it's this book's appendices that will help more in that matter than the actual text.

It's also worth noting that the aforementioned back matter takes up 90 pages of the book (and the front matter 20 pages), leaving only a little more than half the book for the actual essays here. Which may be a blessing, because by and large they go on considerably about why a developed Christian worldview is so important and defining its terms (repeatedly) before presumably digging into the "how" questions that introduce each chapter... which unfortunately, it almost never does.

The one significant exception here would be chapter six, "How Do I Maintain a Biblical Worldview When I See That I Am Inconsistent?" by Mark Muska. In other words: What do I do when my actions don't reflect my stated beliefs--but obviously, therefore, reflect what I really do believe? Muska does a pretty good job of exploring some of the "spiritual dissonance" therein. (To be fair, the closing essay on sharing your faith has a decent amount of applicational content as well; however, none of it's terribly unique.)

Then come the appendices, which present a variety of resources for those who truly wish to develop a Christian worldview--websites, organizations, and about 50 pages of bibliography. Really, if you're looking for something that delivers on this book's titular promise, you can probably find it here. (Personally, I'd opt for something by James Sire, whose Universe of the Mind is included here -- also, Habits of the Mind or the warmer, more spiritual-formation-oriented book I'm reading right now, Learning to Read Through the Psalms.)

Thus, this book doesn't deliver on the "hows" it repeatedly promises--but at least it gives you places to go that likely will.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart