Worldview

“Do Christians have a Worldview?”  by Graham Cole (26 pages, available online)

Cole addresses the pressing question of this article’s title by appealing to the Scriptures wherein a coherent view of human purpose and ethics are presented. Having established that there is such a thing as a Christian worldview, Cole then presents arguments for why one would choose this worldview to the exclusion of others.

Meltdown  by Marcus Honeysett (220 pages)

Honeysett, a longtime campus minister in London, interacts with postmodernism’s foremost thinkers. Plumbing the insights of modern philosophers like Foucault and Derrida, Honeysett offers a Christian response to the oftentimes devastating ideas such thinkers have propagated and exposes the full implications of their theories. This is essential reading for those seeking to counter the prevailing influence of pluralism, relativism and other aspects of postmodern thought on our culture.

How Should We Then Live  by Francis A. Schaeffer (288 pages)

This masterful survey of Western culture and secular thought is a classic in every sense. Schaeffer, a 20th century Christian thinker whose influence is impossible to measure, examines how our culture has arrived at its current state. Having traced the development of Western civilization, Schaeffer then offers alternative answers to the questions humanity has been asking for millennia. Schaeffer casts a compelling vision of a worldview infused with Biblical truth.

Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World  by David Wells (339 pages)

This is the fourth and final book in a series this great theologian began 20 years ago, concerned with the intersection of modern culture and Christian faith. Here, Wells focuses on the complexities of postmodernity and how the church ought and ought not to engage with its pervasive relativistic and pluralistic leanings.

Creation Regained  by Albert M. Wolters (155 pages)

Wolters first defines the concept of a worldview, in contrast to philosophy and theology. He then builds an integrated framework for seeing all of life through the lens of Scripture. Wolters is also at pains to shatter the notion of a sacred/secular divide, a necessary move in recapturing a Christian perspective that encapsulates every aspect of life.

Total Truth  by Nancy Pearcey (100 pages)

Pearcey, a deep thinker and expert in an astounding number of fields, defines a Christian worldview as a “biblically informed perspective on all reality”. She then sets about sketching the content of just such a perspective. In her singular style, Pearcey covers everything from the integration of faith and science, to feminism and Christian anti-intellectualism. This book is a unique mix of intellectual depth and good, clean fun.

Christ & Culture  by H. Richard Niebuhr (256 pages)

What can Christ’s followers learn from Christ’s own interaction with this world? Was Christ simply against culture, was he for it, or was his approach on any given subject and in any given circumstance more nuanced than a mere rejection or reception? The categories Niebuhr uses and the solutions he offers, still set the terms of debate on this issue decades after the book’s publication.