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An Introduction to Christian Worldview

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Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is the lens through which we interpret the cosmos and our lives in it. A worldview answers the big questions of life: What is our nature? What is our world? What is our problem? What is our end?

As Anderson, Clark, and Naugle point out, our worldview cannot simply be reduced to a series of rational beliefs. We are creatures of story, and the kinds of stories we tell reveal important things about our worldview.

Part of being a thoughtful Christian means being able to understand and express the Christian worldview as well as developing an awareness of the variety of worldviews. An Introduction to Christian Worldview takes you further into answering difficult questions that Christians face. Well organized, clearly written, and featuring aids for learning, An Introduction to Christian Worldview is the essential text for either the classroom or for self-study.

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Key Features

  • Explains why worldviews matter
  • Carefully lays out those aspects that characterize a Christian worldview
  • Provides a practical means for analyzing and describing the worldviews we encounter in daily life
  • Explains the most common secular and religious worldviews


  • Introduction: Worldview Matters
  • Part I: Introducing Worldview
    • What is Worldview?
    • The Importance and Impact of Worldview
    • Worldview Analysis
  • Part II: Contours of a Christian Worldview
    • The Narrative Contours of a Christian Worldview
    • The Propositional Contours of a Christian Worldview
    • Testing a Christian Worldview
  • Part III: Analyzing Worldviews
    • Western Philosophical Alternatives
    • Global Religious Alternatives
  • Conclusion: Pursuing (and Living) God's Perspective in a Pluralistic World

Top Highlights

“True, false, and in between. Third, Sire observes that our worldview presumptions may be true, partially true, or entirely false. We each hold a variety of worldview beliefs, but merely holding these beliefs does not make them true. The Christian understanding that all human beings are fallen and sinful gives us reason for significant pause and epistemological humility. Knowing that we are fallen creatures and that we do not have the mind of God reminds us that we are unlikely to possess an entirely correct worldview. Worldviews will inevitably be a mixture of truth and error. This is not to say that all worldviews possess an equal proportion of truth; rather, it is to insist that no one possesses a God’s-eye view of the world.” (Page 14)

“Our three tests, again, are related to the consistency of worldview internally, externally, and existentially. The three worldview truth tests are based on the three theories of truth (discussed in chapter three)—coherence, correspondence, and pragmatic. Along with Socrates, we hold that an unexamined worldview is not worth holding. Let us examine our Christian worldview critically, to ascertain as best we can whether it makes sense within itself (internal consistency), makes sense in the world as we know it (external consistency), and makes sense of human life as it is lived out (existential consistency).” (Page 185)

“Thus, while Sire notes that worldview can take a narrative or a propositional format, for the vast majority of people past and present, worldview is narrative in structure.” (Page 14)

Praise for the Print Edition

It's become fashionable in some circles to downplay the importance of worldview. An Introduction to Christian Worldview counters this tendency by offering a clear apologia for the value of thoughtful worldview construction and evaluation to Christian faith. Moreover, it provides a concrete comparison of a Christian worldview to alternative models found in philosophical systems and world religions. The authors make their ideas readily accessible to readers, and it is a valuable resource for all Christians who desire a deeper understanding of the conceptual foundations of our faith.

—Steve Wilkens, professor of philosophy and ethics, Azusa Pacific University

It's all here: a stellar introduction to (1) the concept of worldview, (2) the contour, content, and defense of the Christian worldview, and (3) explanation and critique of alternate secular and religious worldviews. There is little new here, but new notions of basic Christian belief and practice are often misleading and sometimes profoundly false. Here the truths of Christian faith gleam with clarity and conviction. I'm impressed.

—James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and Apologetics Beyond Reason

This book offers a refreshing update of Christian worldview teaching for students of Scripture. It is rigorous and deep for serious students, yet accessible for the popular reader who wants to live a muscular Christian faith in our pluralistic marketplace of world-and-life views. One of my favorite aspects of this book is its real world examples of worldview thinking and analysis from Scripture, life, entertainment, and culture—especially movies!

—Brian Godawa, author of Hollywood Worldviews

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About the Authors

Tawa J. Anderson Tawa J. Anderson (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Honors Program at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He previously served as a Garrett Fellow at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, guest lecturing in a broad variety of philosophy courses. He also served for seven years as the English pastor of Edmonton Chinese Baptist Church and as part-time Baptist chaplain at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

W. Michael Clark W. Michael Clark (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; JD, Arizona State University) is legislative counsel at Center for Arizona Policy. He previously was director of the School of Christian Studies and assistant professor of cross-cultural ministry at Oklahoma Baptist University. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

David K. Naugle (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Texas at Arlington) is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University, where he has worked for over two decades. He is also the director of the Paideia College Society (formerly the Pew College Society) and a weekly lecture series at Dallas Baptist University called the "Friday Symposium.” He is the author of Worldview: The History of a Concept, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, and Philosophy: A Student’s Guide, a volume in the series Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition.

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