Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: What's Your Worldview

What’s Your Worldview guides the reader through the menu of possible worldviews based on the answers given to leading questions.  These are what James Anderson calls Life’s Big Questions in the subtitle of the book. I have read several books on worldview from a Christian perspective and this offers a refreshing approach. Instead of categorizing worldviews into the three larger ones (theism, materialism, and transcendentalism), Anderson lists many sub-categories as classes of worldviews in themselves. For example, Judaism and Islam are listed separately, not as a kind of theistic worldview.

This work contains brief chapters, each dealing with an important question, such as “Is there objective truth,” “Is there more than one valid religion,” “Is there a God,” and so on. The chapters conclude with the question and, based on the answer, direct the reader to a new section.

Anderson admits that his perspective is biased, but recognizes that all of our perspectives are biased in one way or another. The primary issue is whether Anderson’s conclusions are rational. In a respectful, non-polemic fashion, this book deals with the various worldview options available in contemporary culture. The author likewise admits that his own perspective, a Christian-theistic worldview, has areas of cognitive dissonance as well. However, when all the options are presented, the Christian worldview is shown to provide a rational and intellectually satisfying way of understanding who we are, why we are here, and what lies ahead.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway Books as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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