Few concepts are more foundational to critical thinking as a Christian than a worldview informed by God’s perspective of the world. The notion of worldview shapes and frames everything that a person thinks about or does in this world—a subtle, and often overlooked set of presuppositions that subconsciously inform ones understanding of reality. An Introduction Christian Worldview: Pursuing God’s Perspective in a Pluralistic World by Tawa J. Anderson, W. Michael Clark, and David K. Naugle is an important new resource that offers readers a unique, formative study and analysis of the consistency of the Christian worldview among the marketplace of ideas.
An Introduction Christian Worldview is organized into three parts: (1) introducing worldview, (2) contours of a Christian worldview, and (3) analyzing worldviews. Part one focuses on the concept of worldview and the basic components and core questions that structure worldview thinking. A worldview is defined and developed as “the conceptual lens through which we see, understand, and interpret the world and our place in it” (p. 12). Additionally, the heartbeat of every individual and corporate worldview is identifiable by four core worldview questions: (1) what is our nature? (2) what is our world? (3) what is our problem? (4) what is our end? (p. 19-21). Part two builds on the prior chapters and expound on the specific contours of a Christian worldview. The narrative worldview core of the Christian story is represented as creation, fall, redemption, and glorification (p. 117-138). Additionally, the Christian worldview is approached through the core worldview questions before being tested for internal, external, and existential consistency (p. 185-219). Part three engages in comparative worldview analysis, exploring both philosophical worldviews (deism, naturalism, and postmodernism) and alternative religious worldviews (Hinduism and Islam).
Anderson, Clark, and Naugle have done an excellent service with An Introduction Christian Worldview. Not only is the book conceptually superb and organizationally strategic for the benefit of the reader, but the trio has offered a refreshing approach to the study of a worldview that is both engaging and practical. Each chapter includes reflection questions throughout for readers to interact with the material. Additionally, each chapter concludes with a “Mastering the Material” section, which includes learning objectives, a glossary of terms, possible paper topics related to the material, and a select bibliography for further reading. Still, one of the most helpful features of this volume are the sidebar sections: (1) scenic view—contemporary culture worldview meditations and (2) stop & pause—biblical worldview insights. These sidebars help readers connect the material to real-world examples and Scripture. The various study features that support the content make this textbook an appropriate resource for the classroom or personal study, and either is certain to yield lifelong fruit.
An Introduction Christian Worldview: Pursuing God’s Perspective in a Pluralistic World by Tawa J. Anderson, W. Michael Clark, and David K. Naugle is a much-needed resource that offers readers an incredibly practical and attractive examination of one of the most important concepts for engaging the world. Anderson, Clark, and Naugle are unashamedly Christian in their approach and do a fantastic job emphasizing the consistency of the Christian worldview. This is a book that should be read and engaged broadly. I couldn’t recommend it more strongly!