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by James P. Eckman

The Truth about Worldviews: A biblical understanding of worldview alternatives download ebook
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James P. Eckman
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Evangelical Training Association (October 16, 2014)
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A Biblical Understanding of Worldview Alternatives . By: James P. Eckman (Author). Publisher: Evangelical Training Association. In a world where multiple truths abound, Christians need to be on their guard to avoid being deceived by worldviews that directly oppose Christ and His Word. To be prepared, they must be well informed of these other worldviews and how they differ from Christianity. In this book, Dr. Eckman analyzes the main world religions, cults, and philosophical systems as worldviews. He asserts that genuine, biblical Christianity is the only worldview that answers every question relating to spirituality, morality, and the meaning of life.

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The Truth About Worldviews. A Biblical Understanding Of Worldview Alternatives (Biblical Essentials Series). Published September 20, 2004 by Crossway Books.

The Truth about Worldviews: A biblical understanding of worldview alternatives. This book explores a synthesis of all three, viewed through the lens of Scripture, to formulate a strategy for today.

A worldview or world-view is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the whole of the individual's or society's knowledge and point of view

A worldview or world-view is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the whole of the individual's or society's knowledge and point of view. A worldview can include natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics

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A worldview is not the same thing as a formal philosophy; otherwise, it would be only for professional philosophers. Wheaton IL: Crossway, 2004. Even ordinary people have a set of convictions about how reality functions and how they should live. Because we are made in God’s image, we all seek to make sense of life. Some convictions are conscious, while others are unconscious, but together they form a more or less consistent picture of reality.

Worldviews - What are worldviews? What makes up the foundational . In the Foreword to Making Sense of Your World, Dr. Norman Geisler declares: The truth is that a worldview is like colored glasses; it colors everything at which we look

Worldviews - What are worldviews? What makes up the foundational views you hold? What presuppositions do you believe? . Norman Geisler declares: The truth is that a worldview is like colored glasses; it colors everything at which we look. It is a grid through which one views all of life. As such it helps form our thoughts, values, and decisions. The tragedy is that most people do not even know what their worldview is, how they got it, and how important it is in their lives.

In a world where multiple "truths" abound, Christians need to be on their guard to avoid being deceived by other ways of looking at the world that directly oppose Christ and His Word. To be prepared, they must be well informed of these other worldviews and how they differ from Christianity. In this Biblical Essentials study, Dr. Eckman analyzes the main world religions, cults, and philosophical systems as worldviews. He asserts that genuine, biblical Christianity is the only worldview that answers every question relating to spirituality, morality, and the meaning of life. James P. Eckman, 134 pages, paper, ISBN 1-58134-672-7 James P. Eckman serves as President as well as Professor of Theology, Ethics, and History at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to hosting a weekly radio program, "Issues in Perspective," he lectures widely on postmodern-era implications for the Christian community. Table of Contents Introduction Postmodernism and the Need for Worldview Analysis Naturalism (or Secular Humanism) Hinduism Buddhism Confucianism Shintoism Judaism Islam The New Age Movement The Jehovah's Witness, Christian Science, and Mormon Worldviews Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Easter Orthodoxy: What's the Difference? Christianity as a Worldview
Reviews:
  • Gavirus
This book is good for what it is. It is an introduction to the various worldviews other than the Christian worldview. It will give you a high-level overview. I recommend other resources if you want indepth information, specifically concerning Islam, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism look for books by James White
  • Reemiel
What a great book. I had always been interested in learning more about other religions and worldviews. As a Christian I sought to understand what these other religions were all about but I was looking for more of an overview with the details of each presented. After reading this it saddens me to see how so many could reject the Christian faith in favor of other work based religions. And although this book didn't classify Roman Catholicism as a cut, it certainly is. I highly recommend this book.
  • Authis
Informative, a good reference
  • Fararala
Having a degree in American history, I know that much of American history has been formed around the Christian beliefs of this nation's founders and early settlers. For most of our history, there was a fairly standard set of beliefs that the vast majority adhered to and practiced, even if they didn't believe in them, but that has changed greatly in the past one hundred years.

The biggest changes, which began in the 1960s, continue to this day. Today there is a huge diversity of beliefs, worldviews, in the United States and they are changing the way the nation looks, but even more importantly, it is changing the way many Christians respond to the beliefs/world around them. Because of these changes, Eckman's book is a very valuable resource to Christians in understanding and confronting that "new" world.

Eckman opens his book by stating, "... being religious today in America looks entirely different than it did one hundred years ago when Protestantism, Catholicism and Judaism dominated the religious landscape. America is now becoming the most religiously diverse nation on earth. Added to this reality is the fact that three in four American believe all religions have at least some elements of truth, even though few say they know much about any religions other than own."

I am not an expert on any of the various world views/religions/cults that Eckman outlines, but I have enough knowledge of some of them to know he is "on target" about their views, beliefs and how one might approach them. In particular, over the years, for various reasons, I have studied some on Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, plus I have had several family members who have ended up in the Jehovah's Witnesses, and in all those cases, Eckman's facts were accurate and summarized well.

Eckman continues by stating, "Further, nearly 70% think spiritual experiences are the most important aspect of religion, not a written text or set of dogmas." (This could be the reason entertainment has become a central focus of many churches, rather than studying the Scriptures in depth.)

"With increased religious diversity," he continues, "has come increased emphasis on toleration. In a 2002 US News & World Report/PBS poll, 71%, including 70% of Christians, said Christians should be tolerant of people of other faiths and leave them alone." This kind of stance puts us back where the Israelites were stuck in the book of Judges, when "every man does what is right in his own eyes." "Only 22% (24% of Christians)," says Eckman, "thought it was a Christian's duty to convert members of other faiths."

To understand the differences between Christianity and these other worldviews, Eckman discusses many of those worldviews and compares them to basic Christianity. He starts by taking a look at postmodernism and why Christians need an analysis of worldviews in order to deal with them intelligently.

Next, he looks at naturalism/secular humanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Judaism, Islam, and the New Age Movement. He gives specific examination of the Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science and Mormonism. Last of all he compares the "Christian" faiths of Catholicism, Protestantism and Eastern Orthodoxy and how they differ. With all of these varying worldviews, how does a believing Christian defend their faith in today's society and, just as importantly, how does a Christian show that other person why they believe their faith/beliefs are superior to the other persons, thus meeting the Great Commission.

With each of these worldviews, he gives a background of their history and their fundamental beliefs. He also examines how each of them views God, Jesus, Scripture, Salvation and other aspects of the Christian faith, and how they differ from ours. But he doesn't stop there, at the end of each worldview; he shows how we can build bridges to witness to each group by using any similar beliefs and show the superiority of the Christian faith.

He ends the book with a look at Christianity as a worldview and why it is superior to the others. He cautions those confronting others to be kind, understand, and know enough about their beliefs to effectively "connect" with them on some level.

As Eckman states, "Christianity is not only a personal relationship with the living God through faith in Jesus Christ; it is a worldview. It is an entire way of thinking, covering not only theology, but how to think about ethics, history, science, literature - about everything. Because God has revealed Himself verbally in the Bible, Christians have the answers to the most penetrating questions of life." Answers are what all worldviews are seeking.

Last of all, Eckman pointed out two areas where all of the worldviews will differ with Christianity. First, he says, "...the doctrine of the Trinity separates biblical Christianity from all other worldviews." Second, he says, "Every worldview covered in this book (except Christianity), whether the major world religions or the cults, declares that human works in some form are necessary to merit the favor of deity."

I once took a class on comparative religions, in college, because I really wondered why we had so many denominations in our nation, how each denomination differed from the other, and, of course, how we differed from many world religions. That course turned out to be misrepresented from what it said in the student handbook, because it was mostly about religious philosophy and specially the philosophy of those who disagreed with Christianity.

I wish that Eckman's book would have been available to be in the 60s, when I took that college course, but it wasn't. His book would have been just the thing I needed. In the intervening years, I have read other books about the same thing, but Eckman's book is above the others and it is a fast, 126 pages, read. I highly recommend it.
  • Faulkree
This is a very clear book on Worldviews from an evangelical protestant perspective. It summarizes major world religions, concisely and clearly. It has practical suggestions on how to build bridges between evangelical Christian and alternative worldviews.

It starts with Postmodernism and goes on to describe Humanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism and Shintoism. It then draws distinction between cults and other forms of Christianity.

To get the most out of this book you will need Christian beliefs, else you might not agree with the author's viewpoint. However, if you were to have a mixed group of Christians and non-Christians it would make be useful for book reading circles and Bible study groups.

Each chapter has questions for further discussion. The most value would be obtained from the book if the group particpants augmented their analysis of the worldviews with additional research from philosophers, religious writings and the web. Obviously in 120 pages one cannot go into much depth, hence the need for more sources.

This could also be a good textbook for a course on comparative religion, particularly for Christian schools that want to present ideas from a Christian perspective.

You may not agree with the underlying beliefs of the author, but if you do study this either alone or in a group, you will understand where evangelical Christianity is coming from and how it views other worldviews. If you are a Christian it will help you find common ground with those holding other beliefs. If you are a confident, bold Christian it will help you share your beliefs with people from diverse backgrounds. It could also be useful for hiring managers and those who employ immigrants to help them understand the values, beliefs and customs of their colleagues.