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Worldviews in Conflict: Choosing Christianity in a World of Ideas Paperback – July 28, 1992
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Nash starts out by building up a series of 'tests' upon which all worldviews can be evaluated. This is the most important part of the book. Without a standard set of tests that can be applied to any worldview, comparisons between worldviews are probably pointless. There has to be a universal basis upon which to conduct such comparisons, and it's this basis that Nash attempts to erect in the early part of the book. Just as importantly, the tests themselves have to be reasonable, intelligent, and complete. Folks who read the later part of the book in which worldview comparisons are made and don't like what they see when worldviews are compared with each other are likely to try to discredit the standards or tests themselves that are the basis for these comparisons. If the tests don't make sense, or are biased, or are not exhaustive, the worldview comparisons conducted by applying such tests will not carry a great deal of weight with those who don't like the grade their particular worldview gets by applying these tests. So needless to say, the issue of building a comprehensive and objective set of standards by which viable worldview comparisons can be made is the most critical part of the book. And I found that Nash's tests make a great deal of sense and are a legitimate basis upon which to evaluate competing worldviews and draw meaningful conclusions that are relevant to real people.
I found that Nash then did a good job of applying these tests.Read more ›
The author does a very nice job presenting what exactly worldviews are. He comes at his material from a very logic-based western mind-frame. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In its way it is very useful. Chapter nine, in which Nash presents some good arguments for a solid belief in Jesus' physical Incarnation and Resurrection, is so well done that I heartily recommend it to anyone.
My quibble with this book is that it is very, very derivative. I don’t mind people quoting from lots of sources in their work—heck, Brennan Manning does it all the time and he is my favorite author. The specific problem here is Nash’s constant reference to a few authors (the most prominent being C.S. Lewis).
Bearing all this in mind, I am giving "World-Views in Conflict" a solid recommendation, but only three stars. The content deserves a four, but the constant over-referencing to certain authors knocks off a point. Nevertheless, if apologetics or worldview thinking is your thing, you could do a lot worse than this useful book from Professor Nash.
If I could give this book a rating between a four star and five star I would. This is because on one hand, it is such an excellent explanation of worldview thinking and a good case to choose Christianity for a person who may be new to this information or reading it to refresh the information they have learned. On the other hand, I feel that for the latter of the two it doesn't go deep enough. I realize that those seeking to refresh their memories on worldview thinking is primarily the intended audience, thus why I have rated five stars.
Overall, if you are new to worldviews and want a basic place to start this is the book for you, I would recommend it in a heart beat. If you are looking for a book for deeper analysis of worldviews, I cannot promise this book will deliver for you. I would suggest his other book, "Faith and Reason" for a deeper look into this topic. I hope this review is helpful to anyone thinking about reading the book.
There are more than one way of approaching the concept of a world view as well as explaining an organizing its content. For example, Nash speaks of five aspects while Colson (How Now Shall We Live?) speaks of three. Nash speaks of three world-view-tests while Colson speaks of one. In the end the result is the same, but Nashes way makes it very easy to understand what a world view is all about. Then he leaves it to you to apply it in real life.
The book is a great supplement to Nashes lectures in christian apologetics, which can be found on iTunes U.
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I love the clear and concise way Nash works through a lot of the terms so even I can get it!Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is a superb short book by a world-class philosopher. It is written at a very accessible level without losing seriousness and rigor.Published 20 months ago by Alex Moreno Morrison
This was an interesting read and helped in writing some papers regarding Christian world views. Surprisingly turned out to be a page turner for me. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Denny