Why do we buy what we buy, vote the way we vote, eat what we eat and say what we say? Why do we have the friends we have, and work and play as we do? It's our choice? Yes,...
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Why do we buy what we buy, vote the way we vote, eat what we eat and say what we say? Why do we have the friends we have, and work and play as we do? It's our choice? Yes, but there are forces, often unseen, that shape every decision we make and every action we take.
^^These hidden, life-shaping values and ideas are not promoted through organized religions or rival philosophies but fostered by cultural habits, lifestyles and the institutional structures of society. Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford shine a spotlight on the profound challenges to Christianity and faithful Christian living that come from worldviews that comprise the cultural soup we swim in.
^^The authors show how to detect the individualism, consumerism, nationalism, moral relativism, scientific naturalism, New Age thinking, postmodern tribalism and salvation as therapy that fly under our radar. Building on the work of worldview thinkers like James Sire, this book helps those committed to the gospel story recognize those rival cultural stories that compete for our hearts and minds.
Steve Wilkens (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans, Christianity Western Thought, Volumes 2 and 3 (coauthored with Alan Padgett}, and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. Mark L. Sanford (M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary) is instructor in practical theology and facilitator of discipleship groups at Azusa Pacific University.
Steve Wilkens (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.
His books include Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans (2004), Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (co-authored with Alan Padgett, 2000); Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics (1995) and Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 3: Journey to Postmodernity in the Twentieth Century. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin of Christian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church (2005).
Mark L. Sanford (M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary) is instructor in practical theology and facilitator of discipleship groups at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He previously served as relationship ministries pastor at Pasadena Church of the Nazarene, chaplain of Eastern Nazarene College and singles pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, CA.
- 1 Worldviews Over Coffee At Starbucks
- 2 Individualism: I Am The Center Of The Universe
- 3 Consumerism: I Am What I Own
- 4 Nationalism: My Nation, Under God
- 5 Moral Relativism: The Absolute Truth About Relativism And Something Like Relativism
- 6 Scientific Naturalism: Only Matter Matters
- 7 The New Age: Are We Gods Or Are We God’s?
- 8 Postmodern Tribalism: My Tribe/my Worldview
- 9 Salvation By Therapy: Not As Good As It Gets
- 10 The Contours Of A Christian Worldview
- 11 Developing A Christian Worldview