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  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565072685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565072688
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By R. Setliff on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A comprehensive, yet easy to understand survey of the prevailing worldviews of our day. This is the definitive reference to understanding the ideas and forces shaping our times. David Noebel rather objectively compares and contrasts the Christian, Marxist/Leninist, Secular Humanist and New Age worldviews. By comparing and contrasting the prevailing worldviews of our time, it helps you to clarify your own worldview. It also gives the reader clearer insight into the world view bias that are shaping a New World Order. Recommended to Christians and anyone desiring to better understand their worldview. This book isn't one you just read and 'shelf away', its valuable as an excellent reference title which I regularly consult. Good reference for philosophy students as well.

Also recommended: The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog by James Sire
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric Blievernicht on April 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the sort of book everyone - and I mean everyone - should own and read. Are you aware of the hidden beliefs and assumptions that shape how others teach you, tell you in news media, and try to influence you? Probably not. That's why this is a superb resource.
Dr. Noebel takes a wide variety of educational topics and compares the three major worldviews today (Christianity, Marxism, and Secular Humanism), showing the basis and logical interrelationships for each, and how each looks at the evidence.
PS: I can quibble with a few points, and I'm sure other informed Christians could also add their own observations... but when you see people expressing hatred and fear of this book and then claim to be a Christian while everyone else loves it, what does that tell you? If the Enemy hates it, it must be good! :-)
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is to deep for most Christians, I urge all who are to read it. Since our world is constantly bombarded with the media, liberals, and other members of the unthinking; the mind has practically no choice but to listen. Unfortunately, many of the foolish thoughts of our world have been successful in installing themselves in the minds of our children (and adults who are foolish enough to believe them) because of the weakening of logic in the United States due to the abscence of truth being told in our schools, our television sets,from leaders in society, etc., etc., etc. This book not only shows the illogical thoughts and views of the three major worldviews in Western Civilization, (Marxist/Leninism, Secular Humanism, and Cosmic Humanism)but literally proves the truth in Christianity by showing the abscsence of depth in the 10 disciplines for all three worldviews all explained in Christianity in thorough detail. Even liberals and other members of these religions would be hard pressed to find any wrong said in this book because when all is said and done there is no other explanation but our God and savior--- Jesus Christ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Shepard on October 28, 2008
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I ordered this book for a college class. What I found was that the book comes in numerous editions both unabridged and abridged. The main difference between this version and the current unbridged version is number of pages and that the author has separated out the New Age movement into an Appendix in later editions. Overall I think the book is good for a basic classroom setting. It does go into the basics of beliefs on Humanism, Marxism, the New Age Movement, and Christianity. This would be a good read for someone who just wants to learn about how each group views the world. Keep in mind though that the author writes the book from a Christian worldview.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I never understood exactly how world views fit together, and where my religion fit in. This book does a wonderful job of explaining and answering questions, and I would also recomend the seminar Summit Ministries, taught by the author, Dr. David A Noebel to further the understanding. Very good. Thank you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was required to read this book as a part of my Western Philosophy class in school. It was a little difficult to understand, but the information in it is wonderful. I am still using it for apologetics in my college classes, and in my personal life. I'd recomend it for the person who wants to understand how their Christian beliefs are true, and how to present them to the public.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Doyle on November 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Here are some suggestions for any serious reader:

1. Look up the Scripture used to represent "truth" in this book. Ask yourself, "In their proper context, do these Scriptures convey the message David Noebel claims?" Keep a running tally of yes/no conclusions and see what you get at the end. To me, misuse of Scripture for one's own ends is a serious clue to the integrity of material presented.

2. The presentation of material is very, very simplistic and biased. David Noebel finds the conclusions that he wants in each worldview presented. Rather than finding and pointing out strengths, weaknesses, and complexities in each worldview (including his own), this book often misrepresents data in order to show the supremacy of the Christian position. I think this overly one-sided approach does little to, first of all, point out that "all truth is God's truth" and as C.S. Lewis states, all religions/worldviews contain truth to a greater or lesser extent--this is what draws people to them. I believe we as Christians should have no fear in acknowledging this reality, and affirming the truth that we do find, wherever we find it. Second, due to its lack of critical approach of one's own position, Noebel's presentation does little to actually prepare the reader/student to engage the worldviews in apologetic debate, other than giving them the background to some key terms. Rather it provides a most naive understanding of the 6 worldviews covered, and therefore can give the reader/student a false sense of preparedness and only set them up for failure in the apologetic objective.

In summary this book is an uncritical, and often erroneous, self-promotion of the Christian position that does not achieve its objective of preparing the reader to understand and engage the 6 worldviews presented.
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