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Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview

by Goheen, Michael W., Bartholomew, Craig G.

Baker Academic 2008

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Overview

This engaging introduction to Christian worldview explores how Christians can live faithfully at the crossroads of Scripture and postmodern culture. 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.

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 analyze 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.

Key Features

  • Provides outstanding introduction to worldview studies
  • Analyzes history, concepts, and implications of worldview thinking
  • Includes extensive indexes and notes

Contents

  • Gospel, Story, Worldview, and the Church's Mission
  • What is a Worldview?
  • A Biblical Worldview: Creation and Sin
  • A Biblical Worldview: Restoration
  • The Western Story: The Roots of Modernity
  • The Western Story: The Growth of Modernity
  • What Time is it? Four Sings of Our Time in the Western Story
  • Living at the Crossroads: A Faithful, Relevant Witness
  • Life at the Crossroads: Perspective on Some Areas of Public Life

Praise for the Print Edition

Intellectually stimulating and an important read for those wanting to take their faith to the next level. . . . A significant contribution to those involved in teaching worldview studies at the undergraduate level.

—James VanderBerg, Calvin Theological Journal

Finally, a worldview text that moves incisively beyond mere theory. Living at the Crossroads is profound and practical, intelligent and warmly pastoral as it proceeds from a comprehensive understanding of the biblical story to an insightful engagement with twenty-first-century issues. Goheen and Bartholomew write out of their deep missional commitment with admirable clarity. They beckon us into a faithful and relevant involvement with complex issues, including globalization, postmodernity, consumerism, and the resurgence of Islam. Living at the Crossroads will stir you to embrace both unbearable tension and unprecedented opportunities to bring genuine hope to a waiting world. It is a must read for all who long to develop a worldview shaped by God’s word.

—Rod Thompson, school of theology, Laidlaw College

Product Details

  • Title: Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview
  • Authors: Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 224

About the Authors

Craig G. Bartholomew is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and professor of religion and theology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario.

Michael W. Goheen is the Geneva Professor of Worldview and Religious Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

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