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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (January 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143353892X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433538926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I can think of readers to whom I would not give this book: they like their reading material to be straightforward exposition. The notion of an interactive book, where readers are forced to choose distinguishable paths and interact with discrete lines of thought, finding their own worldviews challenged—well, that does not sound very relaxing, and it may be a bit intimidating. But James Anderson has written something that is as creative as it is unusual: he has written a book in clear prose and at a popular level that nevertheless challenges readers to think, and especially to identify and evaluate their own worldviews. If the style is akin to ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books, the content is at least as entertaining and far more important.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“This book will become ‘the book’ that will be used by campus ministers, students, and a host of others who are constantly being drawn into conversations concerning worldviews. The layout of this book is ingenious, helpful, and engaging. The information found in these short pages will provide accurate long-term care for those on a ‘worldview journey.’”
Rod Mays, Former National Coordinator, Reformed University Ministries; Adjunct Professor of Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary; Executive Pastor, Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina

What’s Your Worldview? is a brilliant concept, because each generation stumbles into its own ways to learn about God. Francis Schaeffer spoke about truth to many now old. James Anderson speaks to the young who grew up with ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books, where the outcome depends on the choices readers make. A great gift for thoughtful teens who need to choose wisely.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief, World News Group

“James Anderson’s What’s Your Worldview is a delightfully innovative apologetic. I know of nothing like it. It gets the reader to interact by asking crucial worldview questions. Depending on the reader’s answers, he is led to further questions, or to a conclusion. Animating the journey is a cogent Christian apologetic, showing that only the Christian worldview yields cogent answers to the questions. Anderson’s approach is both winsome and biblical, as well as being the most creative apologetic book in many years. I pray that it gets a wide readership.”
John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“Thanks to James Anderson for filling a massive gap in apologetics and worldview thinking. This book is unique in that it is wholly and broadly accessible to readers of any background and educational level, and yet written by an accomplished Christian philosopher. Written with wit, clarity, cogency and simplicity, this book ingeniously guides the reader from a chosen worldview to its implications. Urging the reader to connect the conceptual dots of his own thinking, this book should lead its reader either to turmoil or to truth. This will now be the first book on my list for people who ask ultimate questions about Christianity and its relationship to other ways of thinking. Get this book, read it, then get more to give away to friends and family.”
K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, Covenantal Apologetics

What’s Your Worldview offers a uniquely interactive approach to finding answers to life’s biggest and most important questions. It makes identifying your worldview, and perhaps replacing it with a better one, an enjoyable adventure.”
Tim Challies, author, The Next Story; blogger, Challies.com

“There has been a plethora of books written about worldview in the past 25 years, but Dr. Anderson has done something much better—he has written a book that helps you discern your worldview, and then ask yourself some penetrating questions about it. Is all as it should be in your worldview? Read on, and find out.”
Rev. William Fullilove, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Assistant Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta 

“For some time now, the church has been in desperate need of an accessible and practical tool that would help people evaluate the cogency and coherence of their worldviews. Finally, with this new book, that need is being met. James Anderson is one of the brightest new voices in the world of philosophical theology. You will not want to miss this book.”
Michael J. Kruger, President and Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte; author, Canon Revisited

“Not the last word on worldviews, but quite possibly the first! What’s Your Worldview? is creative, clear, and fun, but with some ‘nice’ and necessary sharp edges. I hope and pray it will have the desired effect of making all those who read it stop and think (Isa. 44:19).”
Daniel Strange, Academic Vice Principal and Tutor in Culture, Religion and Public Theology, Oak Hill Theological College, London

“Dr. James Anderson has provided the church with a unique new tool to help the next generation be prepared to give the reason for the hope that is within them.”
Hugh Whelchel, Executive Director, The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics; author, How Then Should We Work?

About the Author

James N. Anderson (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Before studying philosophy, he completed his doctoral work in computer simulation. Anderson is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society.


More About the Author

James Anderson is Associate Professor for Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, and an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He holds PhDs in computer simulation and philosophical theology from the University of Edinburgh. A Brit by birth, he has lived in North Carolina since 2009. Dr. Anderson is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He specializes in philosophical theology, religious epistemology, and Christian apologetics.

Customer Reviews

This book works like those “choose your own ending” books we used to read.
Joan N.
There are any number of nuanced objections that an atheist might make to the dichotomy that the author presents.
Dee Emarr
I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about their own worldview and the worldviews of others.
Ryan Williams

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on January 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Worldviews are in dispute: Christian theism vs. modern atheism. Christianity vs. Islam. Truth vs. Eastern ideas. There are powerful and compelling arguments for the existence of the Christian God, but one wouldn't know it if one only read the works of Hitchens, Harris, and Dawkins. They assert numerous fallacious and deceptive arguments as they often erect the frailest of straw-men in order to push them down with the greatest of rhetorical ease. Most world religions are not much better since they generally rest on fideism. James N. Anderson (PhD, University of Edinburgh; assoc. professor of theology & philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary) helps you interact with essential ideas by presenting probing questions about important worldview concepts and applications. How you answer will lead you to the next concept or subject. Anderson engagingly leads the reader to the discovery that only the Christian worldview supplies coherent and persuasive answers to ultimate questions (by means of a type of "game book" or CYOA). This is a very unique and winsome way to not only keep the reader's attention, but teach him in a manner that may increase retention of essential truths.

You would think that atheism, Islam, finite Godism, and Eastern religions are forceful challengers to Christianity. But Anderson doesn't merely argue that these views, as amusing as some are, do not reveal the evidential or philosophical actuality, but he guides the reader to the truth. "What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions" draws the student, step by step, to the reality that the Christian worldview has preeminent rational arguments and worldview cogency on its side.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shane Lems VINE VOICE on March 31, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a unique book! In just 103 pages, Anderson discusses and evaluates the basic worldviews – including monism, materialism, skepticism, relativism, polytheism, and so forth, totaling twenty-one worldviews. The book isn’t written like a regular book; instead, it is written in the style of a “choose your own adventure” book. He asks some basic worldview questions, and based on your answer you go to a certain page until you get to the end, which reveals your worldview. Anderson writes from a Christian perspective, so along the way he gently critiques other worldviews and makes a case for Christianity.

I appreciated how Anderson wrote in a very clear and to-the-point manner. He didn’t waste words and tell unnecessary stories and anecdotes. It was obvious that he knew the different worldviews quite well; I don’t believe he set up any straw-men in the various positions. Anderson also wrote with sensitivity and kindness. He didn’t use rhetoric and he didn’t smear other worldviews in an arrogant way.

One weakness of this book is in its brevity. I realize it is hard to write a book like this – keeping things simple and brief. But there were parts of it that I thought were too brief (i.e. he described pantheism in 7 short paragraphs and his presentation of Christianity was very introductory). I’m guessing some skeptics reading this book would discount it for being too simplistic – they might say it doesn’t represent their worldview with enough detail (I would like to see some reviews of this book by people who are not Christians). And it is true: this book just gives the basics, not the details. Remember that before you buy it or give it to someone.

Another thing to note about this book, in my opinion, is that its audience is limited.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.W. Wartick on February 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
When I first learned about What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions (I heard about it at The Domain for Truth), I was struck by the notion of an apologetics book written like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Novel. Genius!

The book’s format is set up such that it outlines something (like what it means to say there is objective truth), then asks whether you believe in it. If you choose yes, you flip to one page; if no, you flip to another. Ultimately, your answers will land you in a worldview. Each worldview has a few pages of brief discussion on how it views reality and what problems might arise with that worldview.

I decided to indeed choose my own adventure and start out reading it from an atheist’s perspective. I figured that would give me a good look into the approach. I quickly realized that answering the questions in such a way got me to “dead ends.” If I said “No” to whether I believed in objective truth, I flipped to the worldview of “Relativism,” had the view explained and some major issues brought up. The end. Full stop. Or is it?

Anderson encouraged readers to go back to the previous question after any worldview evaluation if they didn’t like the conclusions drawn. Thus, continuing the example of relativism, he argued that it is self-defeating: after all, if all truth is relative, is that itself a relative truth? If so, why should I hold to it? Back to the questions! The book encourages such flipping back and forth. It encourages engagement in a way many apologetics books do not.

There is, however, one major drawback to the approach. That is, because it is a book about worldviews, and because it is only just over 100 pages long, there’s not a lot of meat to the discussion.
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