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Engaging God's World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living Paperback – February, 2002
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Many colleges and universities founded to serve Christian intentions have tended to fall into one of two extremes in their relationship to the world we live in. They either seek to provide a "safe" environment, insulating students from worldly influence, or they become indistinct from the world, compromising in an attempt to win acceptance and approval in the larger society. In this book Cornelius Plantinga Jr. attempts a vigilant third way. It is a Christian's calling to understand our world as God's good (though fallen) creation and to engage it and reform it according to a deep understanding of the implications of our Faith.
In this book, Plantinga articulates a Christian longing and hope toward the prevalence of "shalom" for the world in light of biblical understanding of the doctrines of Creation, Fall and Redemption. Then he goes on to discuss the implications of these for a Christian's vocation (or calling) to serve by employing his or her gifts and talents for the good of others and the revealing of God's kingdom.Read more ›
Platinga, thoughtfully drives home the reason why christian Education is so important. He engages the reader with his honesty about the plight and hope for the world's restoration-through vocation. However, Platinga and other writers out there believe that Christian Education(attending Christian colleges) is the only way to rebuild God's kingdom. He states: " But I fear that for most Christian students, mainstream higher education simply won't be adequate to help them understand the kingdom of God..."(123). I understand why he said this, but there are schools commited to the justice and social cause of the world like Walden University. Yet, even Platinga mentions that all could be advancing the kingdom without ever knowing it.
All in all this book is perfect college students taking religion or philosophy and its great to study at home on your own time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very purposeful and efficient as an introduction to the concept of the need for a Christian worldview. Recommended for students!Published 6 months ago by A. Francis
This is truly an inspirational book to read. It is written in a language that I can easily understand and then can relate what it is saying to my life.Published 12 months ago by Helen Townend
Despite what the subtitle says, this book is not about a "Christian vision of faith, learning, and living. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mediaman
This book is a requirement for one of my bible classes this year and I have found it to be a very pleasant read.Published on January 31, 2014 by Michael Bjorklund
This book is immensely helpful in shaping a truly Biblical World and Life View for the faculty of a Christian School. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Lance B. Engbers