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Understanding the Times: The Collision of Today's Competing Worldviews Hardcover – Abridged, July 1, 2006

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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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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I really enjoy this book, easy to read and interesting. The information is arranged in a way that separates each topic but I took my own notes from this book so that the information is organized by religion. But it's like a reference book but it's so well done that it isn't a reference book, it's a good informative read.
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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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This is an incredible book that uncovers the playbook of secular humanism, marxism, & cosmic humanism among others. As the book says, the centerpiece of all three world views is the belief that God does not exist. Once you understand that critical view, the rest makes sense. Ideas like "you can have freedom as long as you support my liberal, progressive (non-God) views" or "We are inclusive, except for Christians." all make since from individuals who reject God. An eye opening book!!!!
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This is an excellent read when attempting to grasp the major mainstream worldviews of our age. It comes from a Christian perspective but it doesn't have to be limited to a Christian audience. I believe wherever you are at in your search for truth it will prove to be a great study aid.
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