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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830838546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838547
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Within our worldviews are heart-orienting, mind-structuring commitments that govern each person's life. Often we pay so little attention to these commitments that they lie hidden from us. Some of these commitments clash with and corrupt our ability to live a faithful life for Christ. Wilkens and Sanford identify and unmask eight of these, showing how they affect our commitment to Christ. This work will serve as an excellent complement to my own The Universe Next Door." (James W. Sire, author with Carl Peraino of Deepest Differences)

"Like undetected germs that make us sick, there are also a variety of worldview stories that are infecting the thought and lifestyles of Christians today, yet often without their awareness. It is essentially a form of 'heart' disease caused by several lived perspectives to which the Christian community is surreptitiously but effectively exposed in the contagion of the surrounding culture. Wilkens and Sanford, as if they were physicians, analyze these 'hidden' worldviews that are causing so much affliction, and offer the remedy of a robust Christian one. This book is good medicine for a serious illness that is plaguing many in the church today." (David Naugle, author of Worldview: The History of a Concept, and professor of philosophy, Dallas Baptist University)

"This is an unusual book in two regards that commend it for the beginner in worldview thinking. First, it is not about theistic apologetics in the traditional sense, nor about worldviews philosophically developed, but about worldviews as ways of experiencing life. Eight hidden worldviews have infiltrated contemporary culture, reshaping human experience and our perceptions of life's purpose. The authors uncover the tacit assumptions, and take stock of the actual proposals in the light of insights from a variety of disciplines. They conclude by inviting the reader to develop a theistic worldview that integrates every aspect of life into a consistent whole, under the guidance of the Wesleyan quadrilateral (this is the book's second unusual regard): Scripture, tradition, reason and experience." (Arthur F. Holmes, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Wheaton College)

About the Author

Steve Wilkens (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology. His books include Hidden Worldviews, Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (coauthored with Alan Padgett) and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin of Christian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church.

Mark L. Sanford (M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary) is instructor in practical theology and facilitator of discipleship groups at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He previously served as relationship ministries pastor at Pasadena Church of the Nazarene, chaplain of Eastern Nazarene College and singles pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, CA.

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It was very interesting and well written.
Gina Perone
Good thing that Steve Wilkens and Mark L. Sanford provide the alarm in the new book: "Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives."
Mike Robinson
Easily one of my favorite books that I've ever read.
Brian Sun

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Coleman on May 9, 2012
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This is a book seemingly written for seminary students, but certainly applicable and understandable for any person who desires to understand the cultural world around us. The authors define and discuss 9 different cultural worldviews: Individualism, Consumerism, Nationalism, Moral Relativism, Scientific Naturalism, Postmodern Tribalism, Salvation by Therapy, and (finaly) a Christian Worldview.

What is remarkable about this book is that it is not really about defining and defeating non-Christian worldviews. Instead, it is written practically, with the understanding that many people incorporate aspects of each of these worldviews into life without realizing it. As such, the authors want to help us understand that our worldviews are not something that we choose, like choosing bacon instead of ham for breakfast. Instead, we aquire a worldview in a much more organic way as we are influenced by the stories and people all around us all the time. Their basic premise then is that even strong Christians may not have a strong Christian worldview, but may incorporate many other elements throughout life. The call then is strong and clear: we must reject those ways of thinking that are not Christian, and adopt a truly Christian worldview.

To aid in this each chapter gives not only a precise definition of each worldview, but also the positive elements and the drastic problems with each. This structure makes hard concepts easier to understand and makes it relevant to all of us.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Sun on July 6, 2011
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The authors share what's good and what's bad about things like consumerism, materialism, naturalism. And they do it fairly, academically, and through the lens of a biblical worldview.

If you're a follower of Jesus, you'll leave this book more solid in your faith with a desire for your whole worldview to be under Jesus' kingship.

If you're not a follower of Jesus, you'll be challenged to re-examine the inconsistencies of the prevailing cultural stories that shape the worldviews of the masses today.

Easily one of my favorite books that I've ever read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Konstantin on June 5, 2012
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I personally did not like that much the first chapter. This is my personal judgment, and more akin being subjective than objective. I do not favor word "story" at all. If you're coming from engineering or sciences, or philosophy, I would think you would favor more precise terminology. Word "story" simply sounds first as ambiguous, and second as intrinsically something subjective and generally sounding as a piece of postmodern narrative writing. "Narratives", "meta-narratives", "stories" and similar words to me devalue the conciseness of book, and it makes it read is if it was written by an English professor, rather than philosophy professor. I don't know if other people share my feelings about that...
Anyways, other than that, the idea to write this book is not surprising. This is very relevant topic, and someone should have written about this already.
Generally speaking, selection of topics to cover could be a bit different, but I think it is relevant in light of the scope how much those "worldviews" claim, statistically speaking.
I also have to admit that each of those "worldviews" could be subject of separate volume (and I would love to see the work being expanded), with more thorough analysis of key figures, more in-depth analysis of the characteristic of a particular "worldview". Especially how it is portrayed in the media, pop culture, literature, etc.
Another thought I had, is that sometimes it is hard to classify those as worldviews. Hence my use of quotes surrounding the term.
For something to be a worldview, it should have dominance of one's view of reality. It is true, that there are some people whose views of reality can truly be categorized alongside one of the "worldviews", but for the vast majority it is more like a blend of various proportions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James A. Masters on October 21, 2011
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This is a well-written and concise description of several prominent views that have influenced our culture. I am using it as one of my primary resources for a high school Sunday seminar on worldviews. While James Sire's "Universe Next Door" is an excellent "catalog" of worldviews, this work focuses on those viewpoints that are "lived out" among us and have a subtle influence on our thinking.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested or concerned about the influences within our lives and culture that conflict with a biblical perspective. The summaries of Christian worldview and examples of alternate beliefs are well-crafted and instructive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gina Perone on October 23, 2013
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I bought this book for a class. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. It goes through all different sets of worldviews. The author, Wilkens reminds his readers that most people are a combination of worldviews. It was very interesting and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rcorbin on October 8, 2012
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So far this book is an interesting review of Christian worldview and how other worldviews have infiltrated the church. Highly Recommended.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 17, 2010
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HIDDEN WORLDVIEWS: EIGHT CULTURAL STORIES THAT SHAPE OUR LIVES considers challenges to Christianity that come from worldviews that are reflected in consumerism, nationalism, and scientific naturalism. New age thinking and the evolution of postmodern tribalism and how they affect worldview makes for a series of stories linking spirituality to changing Christianity perspectives in an analysis suitable for any college-level religious library.
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