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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Summit Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936163003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936163000
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. David A. Noebel is founder and president of Summit Ministries and and edits and writes Summit's monthly publication, The Journal. Dr. Noebel has been a college professor, college president, and candidate for the U.S. Congress. Dr. Noebel has a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, a M.A. from the University of Tulsa, and was a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. He is an Author, Editor, Public Speaker, and Ordained Minister. He is recognized as an expert on worldview analysis and the decline of morality and spirituality in Western Civilization. He travels worldwide lecturing in high schools, universities, and churches. David has been a guest on numerous national radio and television programs.

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This book is well researched and easy to understand.
Jolene Harms
As you read this book, the political and cultural happenings in our world will begin to make sense.
Mark
We used this book as a reference source during our homeschooling years.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By presuppositionalist on July 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A valuable resource that will greatly aid any layman hoping to understand the competing worldviews of our day.

The benefits of this book are many. First, it is comprehensive but not overwhelming. Covering Islam, Christianity, postmodernism, New Age, and Marxism, Noebel looks into ten different worldview categories for each of these six worldviews. The addition of Islam and Postmodernism in this version makes it leaps and bounds beyond the first edition. Furthermore, each chapter provides what you need to know in the very words of the proponents of that worldview.

Many in the emergent church or "liberal" crowd will balk at the idea of "the" Christian worldview, but Noebel makes a good case from scripture in sticky areas like economics and sociology. He also refrains from bashing the other worldviews---he remains unemotional, although he admits from the start that he is hoping that the truth of the Christian worldview is illuminated throughout the book.

The section on postmodernism is particularly valuable. This is a difficult area of thinking to understand but one that is extremely pervasive and MUST be understood by Christians today. He explains at length how postmodernism has affected our legal system as well as social justice. He also covers "postmodern Christianity" as popularized by the emergent church (e.g., Brian McLaren).

My complaints? Noebel is an evidentialist, sadly. His section on Christian epistemology is abysmal. At one point he says that revelation is the foundation of our worldview, but then says that revelation is verified by science and archaeology! (p. 87) Well, which is it? Other strange statements include, "The basic tenets of Christian philosophy are rational because they are held by average rational men and women." (p.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the most comprehensive, thorough, overview of the six major world views that I have ever read. As you read this book, the political and cultural happenings in our world will begin to make sense. That is, you will understand why people believe, say, and act the way they do.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Snelgrove on May 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for every parent in America. David Noebel offers an intelligent and yet deferential elucidation of six of the most prevalent worldviews competing for the souls of future generations. Most have opinions as to the rudiments of these weltanschauungs, however; Noeble presents quotes from the founders and champions of all six - leaving no doubt as their positions and intentions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Barnes on August 30, 2013
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This is well-done book, but the Kindle edition is the single most poorly formatted digital book I've seen. There are no page numbers (only location numbers, which do not correspond to the actual page numbers), no bold paragraph headings, no spaces between headings and paragraphs, and no spaces between the paragraphs themselves.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Saved and Called on March 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Very informative about the origins of anti-Christian ideas by which we are constantly bombarded in our day to day lives. A good, informative, and easy read for anyone wishing to understand todays' world views. A good tool for having an answer for those that oppose themselves (2 Timothy 2:24-26). Easy to understand for most any reader, but still packed with many sources of information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vathinker on June 19, 2013
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The order that Dr. Noebel put the different venues together, which make up a Worldview is outstanding! Dr. Noebel's notes, which he faithfully taught for decades and the grid system makes this one of the top ten books you should have in your personal library. It will help you in your worldview system in which you have been taught to think and live in. Dr. Noebel does teach from a Christian Worldview and he is honest in quoting from the sources which the are the foundation of the other five worldviews, which impact North America and European nations in particular. Just read 10 pages a day, 5 days a week and you will be surprise how quickly you will get through. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Twowheelz on May 9, 2013
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Well researched. This is a must read for every Christian going off to a secular college. It also explains much of the irrationality we are witnessing our culture today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Lu on June 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We used this book as a reference source during our homeschooling years. Noebel lays out the main worldviews in Western thought today (Secular Humanism, Marxism/Leninism, Biblical Christianity) according to categories such as Religion, Ethics, Psychology, Economics, to name a few. This assists an individual who is able to read at a Grade 8 level to understand the sources of ideas and how they shape a person or a culture's thinking. For the Christian, this is a wonderful tool for discerning purity in doctrine, and use as a basis for Christian apologist in the wider culture.

I have the 1991 Hardcover, and am just about to download the Kindle version.

An ESSENTIAL book to have in your Christian library, for study, and to come back to as a plumbline of discernment.
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