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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596381965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596381964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Anthony Selvaggio's book should not be overlooked by thoughtful Christians. He challenges the incorrect notion that 'worldliness' constitutes merely overt behavior, and he rightly reminds us that our thoughts and ideas end up shaping our behaviors far more than we think. --T. David Gordon, Professor of Religion and Greek, Grove City College

About the Author

Anthony T. Selvaggio (J.D. The University of Buffalo School of Law; M.Div., Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary) currently serves as a visiting professor of Biblical Studies at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He is also Theologian in Residence at the Rochester Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rochester.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr Conrade Yap on January 23, 2012
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Amazing. Once in a while, we get a book that speaks frank and direct about what is right and what is wrong. As our world becomes more interconnected, with pluralism and widespread acceptance of everybody regardless of lifestyles, Selvaggio brings clarity without mincing words. The key concern in his book is that toxic ideas will lead to idolatry. Slowly but surely.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Coramdeo540 on July 3, 2012
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7 Toxic Ideas Polluting Your Mind
Anthony Selveggio
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Murray on May 26, 2014
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Although the vast majority of Christians don't realize it, we are being slowly yet steadily poisoned by virtually undetectable toxins. No, this isn't about chemicals or biological agents; it's ideas, worldviews, philosophies, and ideologies that we are unknowingly absorbing into our systems every day of life, and that are eating away at the vitals of our spiritual vitality.

Thankfully, Pastor and Professor Anthony Selvaggio has provided a scan to help us see the toxins and the damage they are doing. in 7 Toxic Ideas Polluting Your Mind, he shines biblical light on seven wrong and sinful ideas or ideologies that have subtly infiltrated into our thinking patterns wreaking havoc on our spirituality.

Even more thankfully, Selvaggio also provides antidotes to these terrible toxins, biblical truths with which to attack these infiltrators and drive them out of our minds and heart.

I predict that as you read you will be stunned to discover how some of these viruses have wormed their way into your thinking and you'll be grateful to Selvaggio for helping you not only to identify them but also to train you with biblical strategies to combat and defeat them.

Although this is a book that everyone can benefit from, its popular style, contemporary references, and brevity make it especially helpful for High School and College age readers. It would be ideal for Church Youth Groups and for High School Apologetics courses. Also, great Sunday afternoon reading for teenagers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pastor Eric on June 6, 2014
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Thoughts do not arise in a vacuum. Mindsets do not magically appear. Beliefs and ideas are formed by the subtle messages of society and the constant reminder of current fashions. Therefore, when the gospel breaks forth in a human heart and grace delivers a person unto salvation, there is major change which must take place in the mind. Scripture refers to such a process (in the book of Romans) as believers are called to have their minds renewed by the truth of God's word. False ideas must be rooted out and replaced by solid Biblical teachings in accordance with reality. However, it is often difficult to recognize the poisonous ideas which must be rejected for they have been long held and assumed as true. Stepping into this struggle, author Anthony Selvaggio seeks to help.

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.
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