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How Now Shall We Live?
How Now Shall We Live?
by Charles W. Colson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made it Ma! Top of the world!, December 7, 1999
This review is from: How Now Shall We Live? (Hardcover)
At the end of the 1949 film noir classic, White Heat, James Cagney's character Cody Jarett, trapped and surrounded by cops, stands atop a huge tank of flammable liquid. "It's a stack of dynamite," a horror stricken officer mutters. Bullet-ridden Cagney insanely fires into the tank and cries heavenward, "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" before plummeting into the white-hot inferno below. The dying words of this criminally demented character remind us to remain on top of our world or risk being swept up in its madness.
Now Charles Colson can be added to the list of intellectual prophets (like Francis Scheffer, Os Guinness, Malcolm Muggeridge, and James Sire) who dare to remind us that there's a dangerous world of false ideas and true ideas that need to be sorted through if we are to remain on top of our world. The world of ideas requires a critical understanding to keep from tumbling into an inferno of deceit and falsehood.
When James Sire developed his world view catalog, _The Universe Next Door_, he spurred a great number of Christians to consider the deeper issues behind human thought. He wrote: "I am now convinced that for a person to be fully conscious intellectually he should not only be able to detect the world views of others but be aware of his own--why it is his and why in the light of so many options he thinks it is true." Sires list of basic questions to consider in discerning one's worldview included:
1. What is the prime reality? 2. Who is man? 3. What happens to man at death? 4. What is the basis for morality? 5. And what is the meaning of human history?
In his new book, Charles Colson also pares the essential questions down to four, but with a new twist: "How Now Shall We Live."
1. Where did we come from and who are we? 2. What has gone wrong with the world? 3. What can we do to fix it? 4. How now shall we live?
Colson's discussion of these important questions takes us through the biblical view of linear history progressing through the Creation, the Fall, God's Redemption of mankind, and God's Restoration of His intended order for all creation.
The biblical view of Creation lets us know who we are and where we came from. The discussion of origins and human nature is critical to understanding the Christian worldview and being able to contrast it with opposing worldviews.
Everyone believes there are some things wrong with this world but many worldviews do not know how to answer this question. Colson pulls no punches in illustrating how sin has infected the world. An understanding of the historic human fall--the doctrine of original sin--is essential to understanding human nature and evil that is so pervasive in our world.
But he does not neglect the Christian message of hope: Redemption. Having years of experience in his Breakpoint radio ministry to weave storied essays providing this message of hope, Colson with the masterful help of his Breakpoint editor, Nancy Pearcy, provides unique perspectives on the gospel message. The biographical redemption of former abortionist Bernard Nathanson compels the reader to see that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is real and true.
Finally, Colson's insights into contemporary culture reveal that he is on top of our post-Modernistic world. He's nailed our turn into the new millennium right on the head in his model for "restoration." Christians need to engage their culture at every aspect in order to restore a modicum of civility to civilization, to restore beauty and historic principles of aesthetics to music and art, to restore ethical treatment of human beings in the medical professions, to restore humane treatment of the weak and dispossessed until Christ brings final restoration to His Creation.
Read How Now Shall We Live to find out about the Christian worldview. Study it for it's penetrating analysis of contemporary culture. Enjoy it for its provision of hope in a fallen world. Discuss it with others so that as a group you can engage it from different perspectives and glean thoughts you may have missed on your own. But most of all, live it, and use it's biblical insights to give you a fresh start in applying the Christian worldview to all of life--in your home, at work, in your entertainment and diversions, in your relations and ministry to others. Use it to remain on top of the world.

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