Living At the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview
This accessible introduction to Christian worldview explores the question of how Christians can live faithfully at the crossroads of the story of Scripture and postmodern culture. Ideal for undergraduate students and laypeople, Living at the Crossroads first lays out a...
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This accessible introduction to Christian worldview explores the question of how Christians can live faithfully at the crossroads of the story of Scripture and postmodern culture.
Ideal for undergraduate students and laypeople, Living at the Crossroads first lays out a brief summary of the biblical story and the most fundamental beliefs of Scripture. The book then tells the story of Western culture from the classical period to postmodernity. Authors Michael Goheen and Craig Bartholomew next provide an analysis of how Christians live in the tension that exists at the intersection of the biblical and cultural stories. They proceed to tease out the implications for key areas of life, such as education, scholarship, economics, politics, and church. The result is a deeply thoughtful yet approachable text that draws on the rich tradition of reformational thinking but contextualizes it to a postmodern setting for a contemporary audience.
Readers will emerge from their study and reflection of worldview with renewed hope in the gospel and restored fervor to help meet the tremendous need for justice and mercy in the world.
How can Christians live faithfully at the crossroads of the story of Scripture and postmodern culture? In Living at the Crossroads, authors Michael Goheen and Craig Bartholomew explore this question as they provide a general introduction to Christian worldview. Ideal for both students and lay readers, Living at the Crossroads lays out a brief summary of the biblical story and the most fundamental beliefs of Scripture. The book tells the story of Western culture from the classical period to postmodernity. The authors then provide an analysis of how Christians live in the tension that exists at the intersection of the biblical and cultural stories, exploring the important implications in key areas of life, such as education, scholarship, economics, politics, and church.
"In this book, the authors show students how to recognize and gradually understand more fully the relevance of the living Word of God for their living, working, and studying in these complex and often bewildering times. If I still had university-age children, I would be very pleased if they received their basic introduction in academics from these two trustworthy and deeply engaged Christian educators."--Bob Goudzwaard, professor emeritus, Free University of Amsterdam"If you haven''t been able to keep up with all the books on a Christian worldview that have appeared in recent years, now is the time to act. Read this book. Goheen and Bartholomew not only have made use of all the other worldview books but also have written a volume that distinguishes itself. Illuminating our times with historical perspective, biblical depth, and social breadth, the authors show what a biblical worldview should mean for us today."--James W. Skillen, president, Center for Public Justice, Washington, DC"As the title implies, this book shows that a Christian worldview is not merely something of intellectual importance, but it has relevance to the whole of life. Clearly written and powerfully argued, Living at the Crossroads is rooted in biblical faith but reaches out to engage the contemporary world in a historically informed way. This is essential reading for thoughtful Christians who wish to live out the gospel and love God with all of their being."--C. Stephen Evans, University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University"The concept of ''Christian worldview,'' let alone ''biblical worldview,'' has more often been invoked than helpfully defined. In this stimulating, well-informed, and practical sequel to The Drama of Scripture, Goheen and Bartholomew once again demonstrate their remarkable effectiveness at articulating accessibly an understanding of Christian identity in the West that is both scripturally grounded and, notably, shaped by the Reformed intellectual tradition in its ecumenical context."--David Lyle Jeffrey, author of Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture"This book means to put genuine life back into worldview studies. Bartholomew and Goheen present a Reformational world-and-life view with missional dynamic. Biblical theology and an evangelizing church enter fully into their reflection on following Jesus in every sphere of human society in today''s mixed-up, deteriorating world culture. The authors bring redemptive insight to bear upon Western history, business, politics, art, and spirituality as well as the resurgence of Islam, and they do it in clear, passionate, down-to-earth language. Living at the Crossroads is basic, an invigorating challenge to anyone who would become a mature disciple of Jesus Christ."--Calvin Seerveld, Institute for Christian Studies, emeritus, Toronto"Knowing where you have come from is nearly as important as knowing where you want to go. Goheen and Bartholomew trace the deep roots of our contemporary Western worldview in that kind of easy, broad-brush comprehensiveness that makes one exclaim, ''Yes of course, that''s exactly the way things are--and why!'' But alongside that, they do an equally good job in presenting the biblical worldview as the story that tells it like it really is, for life, the universe, and everything. That''s the way things are--but as God sees them. The combination powerfully forces us to see the dissonance between the two, and the stark choice that Christians need to make. Which story do we live by? Which road do we travel from the crossroads? But the book is far from all theory. It grounds the challenge of living out the Christian story in a variety of very practical, very up-to-date, areas of life in the world around us. This is a book filled with eye-opening insight, biblical nourishment, practical challenge, and robust hope. It turns the mission of God into our mission in the world and compels us to make some radical choices."--Christopher J. H. Wright
Craig G. Bartholomew (Ph.D., University of Bristol) is H. Evan Runner Chair in Philosophy at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.
He is the author of Reading Ecclesiastes: Old Testament Exegesis and Hermeneutical Theory; Ecclesiastes (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series); Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today
He is also co-author of The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads: Introduction to Christian Worldview with Michael W. Goheen. He has also edited In the Fields of the Lord: A Calvin Seerveld Reader and co-edited Christ and Consumerism: A Critical Analysis of the Spirit of the Age. He is the series editor for the Scripture and Hermeneutics Series (8 volumes).
Michael W. Goheen (Ph.D., University of Utrecht) is the Geneva Chair Professor of Religious and Worldview Studies at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC. He was formerly was associate professor of religion and theology at Redeemer University College. He is also the minister of preaching at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church.
He is the author of As the Father Has Sent Me, I Am Sending You; For the Sake of the Nations: A Missionary Ecclesiology for the West Today; A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story, and co-author of The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads: Introduction to Christian Worldview with Craig Batholomew.
- Preface <br>1. Gospel, Story, Worldview, And The Church's Mission <br>2. Just What Is A Worldview?<br>3. A Biblical Worldview: Creation And Sin<br>4. A Biblical Worldview: Restoration 5. The Western Story: The Roots Of Modernity<br>6. The Western Story: The Growth Of Modernity<br>7. What Time Is It? Four Signs Of Our Time In The Western Story<br>8. Living At The Crossroads: A Faithful, Relevant Witness<br>9. Life At The Crossroads: Perspectives On Some Areas Of Public Life <br>pastoral Postscript <br>indexes