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7 Toxic Ideas Polluting Your Mind Paperback – November 11, 2011
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"We have a [hard] time spotting the seven modern idolatries that Anthony Selvaggio outlines for us . . . [but] 7 Toxic Ideas Polluting Your Mind helps us to spot those current tendencies and, with God's grace, contain them." --Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, WORLD Magazine
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A 'toxic idea' is anything that changes a worldview.
The Seven Toxic Ideas
They are technopoly, neophilia, egalitarianism, individualism, materialism, consumerism, and relativism. The danger of technopoly is the uncritical acceptance of technology which leads to 'disengagement, distraction, and disembodiment.' The danger of Neophilia is the uncritical acceptance of all things new, that leads to a disregard for history, choosing progress over preservation, and choosing the new simply because they are 'new' and discarding the old simply because they are 'old.' The danger of egalitarianism is the total disregard for order and hierarchy, placing equal authority on everybody, leading to an inability to discern good from bad, fostering in kids the arrogance of equal rights regardless of how capable they are. The danger of individualism is the way it encourages narcissism, self-indulgence, which ultimately leads to self-destruction. The danger of materialism is that it leads one to subtly reject the fact of man being created by God, that we are of no spiritual significance, and that man can perfect himself. Worse, it can lead man to think that he is God. The danger of consumerism is the tendency to worship our 'stuff' that we live to consume more and more stuff.Read more ›
What does it mean to live a Christian lifestyle? Is it based on behaviors you can pinpoint and things you can see? Or does a truly Christian approach to the world begin far earlier . . . and subtler . . . than that?
There are two conflicting worldviews: the Christian and the non-Christian. These worldviews are in constant opposition, but since they take place in the mind, many people don't realize that they exist at all.
Unfortunately, Christians often live their lives unaware that they are adopting non-Christian ideas and being influenced by the enemy's worldview. Worldliness is too often equated with conforming to a set of external behaviors, rather than the battle of the mind that it truly is. And when Christians are too concerned and distracted by behavior on the outside, it is all too easy for worldliness to slip into our minds and take hold.
This book examines seven examples of particularly toxic non-Christian ideas that cripple the modern Christian mind. It also offers assistance on how to combat these ideas, to the glory of God. Each idea is explored clearly and understandably, and discussion questions are included to help you pinpoint these toxic ideas in your own thinking-and remove them.
Take a look at these seven ideas and see which of them have entered your thinking . . . and be encouraged to remove the pollution with a truly Christian worldview.
This was a good read. It was about how the current technology and ideology have impacted the world and how it can impact the Church in America especially. There are positives to all technology and that is not forgotten by Mr. Selveggio. He goes through how these 7 ideas have impacted us and how to sort through them.Read more ›
Within his work, Seven Toxic Ideas Polluting Your Mind, the most common pagan worldviews are exposed and shown as empty. The ideas presented in each chapter reflect the current mindset of the global community in all of its pluralistic, philosophical beliefs. Opening with society's obsession with technology and the disengagement it brings, Anthony Selvaggio sets the tone for his book as a whole. In a very direct way, each chapter pits an assumption of the modern world against the timeless teachings of scripture. So whether talking about a love for all things new at the expense of past wisdom or a refusal to look beyond the matter of creation to a divine designer, the book calls Christians to rethink their worldview.
In many ways the book succeeds in its identification of worldly wisdom and the dangers associated with embracing its teachings. It rightly calls believers to let go of human ideas and build upon the truth of God's word.Read more ›
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I love these type of books, especially when they are done well. This is worth the read.Published 20 months ago by Wesley Ivan King