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Christian Worldview: A Student's Guide Everything We Think, Say, And Do Reflects Our Worldview Whether We Realize It Or Not, Basic Beliefs About God, Humanity, History, And The Future Inevitably Shape How We LivePhilip Ryken, Prolific Author And President Of Wheaton College, Explains The Distinguishing Marks Of The Christian Worldview, Helping Us To Engage Thoughtfully With Our Increasingly Pluralistic Society Based On The Notion That Ideas Have Consequences, This Accessible Resource Will Help You See Life S Big Picture By Equipping You With A Well Reasoned Framework Of Christian Beliefs And Convictions


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  1. says:

    The truth is that we all have a worldview Each of us possesses a fundamental, well reasoned belief system which not only guides our daily walk, but is also the reason why we react respond the way we do to the various circumstances we are facing As Philip Graham Ryken says in his bookChristian Worldview A Students Guide At the same time, the way other people respond reveals their worldview their faithfulness in keeping a commitment, for example, or their unbelief in the existence and pro The truth is that we all have a worldview Each of us possesses a fundamental, well reasoned belief system which not only guides our daily walk, but is also the reason why we react respond the way we do to the various circumstances we are facing As Philip Graham Ryken says in his bookChristian Worldview A Students Guide At the same time, the way other people respond reveals their worldview their faithfulness in keeping a commitment, for example, or their unbelief in the existence and providence of God Ideas have consequences Even ordinary interactions reflect our commitments and convictions about the basic issues of art and science, work and play, family and society, life and death Whenever we bump into the world, our worldview has a way of spilling out It comes out in what we think and love, say and do, praise and choose Therefore, if everyone possesses a worldview in some form, then how can we as born again Christians not only obtain a Christ centered worldview, but persistently refine that worldview in such a way that it always pleasing to our Lord Before Ryken embarks on how to obtain and refine a Christian worldview, he spends a good bit of time defining what constitutes a worldview and why it is so crucial for us to make sure that our worldview is a wholly Christ centered one if we want to be pleasing to the Lord According to Ryken, Ideally, a worldview is a well reasoned framework of beliefs and convictions that helps us see the big picture, giving a true and unified perspective on the meaning of human existence To put itsimply, it is the structure of understanding that we use to make sense of our world Your worldview betrays what you believe about why you are here, who you are, and what is your purpose for existence One of the biggest questions that develops after understanding what constitutes a worldview is what contributed to the development of the worldview that we currently hold to The answer, according to Ryken, lies in the truth that our family background, life experience, economic circumstances, educational pedigree, cultural context, national heritage, linguistic community, physiological characteristics, psychological makeup, and historical situation all played significant roles in developing our worldviews Therefore, they are not going to be easily overcome when you try to mold your worldview to line up with the Word of God and therefore become biblical instead of man centered Just as Ryken states towards the end of Chapter 1, the premise of this book is that the only worldview that fully corresponds to the world as God knows it is a completely and consistently Christian worldview After defining what a worldview is and what contributes in developing a worldview in Chapter 1, the author delves into articulating the principles that define a Christian worldview in Chapter 2 Readers are briefly introduced to four 4 categories that are typically used by theologians to comprehend human experience 1 Creation the way God created the world and everything in it, including the people he made in his own image, with the ultimate goal of displaying his glory 2 The Fall the way we turned away from our creator, choosing to live for ourselves rather than for our Father s glory, and thus came under the condemnation of a righteous God in a sin cursed world 3 Grace the way God is working to save his people form sin and death through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, his Son, and then transforming our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit and4 Glory the way God is fulfilling all his purposes for his people through the present and future preeminence of Jesus Christ over the everlasting kingdom of God The author goes on to state that, once we understand this four part explanation of human experience learning how to do what the poet T.T Eliot called thinking in Christian categories we can apply it to every area of life In doing so, we gain God s perspective on why any particular thing was made in the first place creation , what has gone wrong with it the fall , how we find its recovery in Jesus Christ grace , and what it will become in the end, when everything is made new glory There is in a sense a domino like effect as it pertains to these four categories What you believe about Creation The Creator will have huge ramifications on how you view The Fall Sin, which will affect your view on Grace if a man is totally depraved, then there is nothing he can do in and of himself to save his own soul , and all of which culminates in what happens to believers and subsequently non believers when your time on earth is done The Christian believes in a Triune Creator who has revealed Himself in His Word, sustains all things by the power of His Word, and in the end Judges all things according to His Word.Chapter 3 takes adetailed look at the Creator Creation relationship dynamic by telling the Creation story and thoroughly dealing with who made you, what else did God make, and why did God make us along with everything else.Chapter 4 is a brief look at The Fall that occurs in Genesis 2 and 3 which mars God s good creation, and how a Christian worldview accurately deals with the problem of evil in this world by calling sin a sin Even if your worldview is not biblical, you still have to account for the issue of evil and its beginnings The problem, though, is that outside of a Christian worldview, you will struggle to pinpoint the origins of evil sin and account for how everyone reveals pretty quickly that they are wicked even the smallest child Now, are we as evil as we are capable of being The obvious answer is no thanks to God s common grace, but that still doesn t lessen the fact that we are evil Therefore, if that is true, then how do we get forgiveness for the sins we commit Chapter 5 provides the answer as to the where and how we get forgiveness for our sins and the answer is the Grace of God The flow from Creation to The Fall shows us that a good and holy God personally created the world and is moment by moment involved in its outcome However, when Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the Garden and brought death upon the whole human race, we are forced to deal with the realization that if we are totally depraved then there is nothing good inside of us that will ignite in us a desire for God, nor is there anything inside of us that will bring about reconciliation between God and men However, a wholly biblical worldview sees that it was God and God only who could reconcile man to Himself, and He did that through the perfect life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ Therefore, in order for men to be saved, we need somethingthan common grace we need saving grace which brings people into a personal friendship with the living God that lasts forever Once true redemption and reconciliation have been worked in our lives by the Spirit of God, then and only then can we serve God in creation in such a way that is pleasing to Him because our working is not being done to earn salvation or favor in God s eyes but it is being done out of a heart filled with gratitude for a God who was is personally involved in salvation.Chapter 6 deals with Glory and how it is only seen in a somewhat imperfect sense in this world, even in the lives of believers We are never going to achieve perfection in this world, but God s people are ever going to move closer and closer to imaging their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ It is the already and the not yet struggle of understanding the kingdom of God As Ryken says in this chapter, God has already accomplished our redemption in Christ, but he has not yet fulfilled all of the promises of his coming kingdom To put this another way, we are living somewhere between the sufferings of the cross and the joy of the empty tomb The dark decay of death is all around us because of sin yet the dawn of the coming resurrection is lighting our way Jesus has returned from the grave As the risen Christ he is with us in our present suffering, and therefore we live in the hope of God s perfect future Even though Ryken s book is relatively small 113 pages total , it was packed full of truth and really did a great job of achieving the goal of the book, which was presenting forth the truth that the only worldview that fully corresponds to the world as God knows it is a completely and consistently Christian worldview The reader will come out with a much better understanding of not only all of the factors that contribute to ones worldview, but how and why our worldview should be completely Gospel centered especially if you are one of those people who claim to be a born again Christian, but the truths you seemingly hold to show that you do not have a biblical worldview.Title Christian Worldview A Student s GuideAuthor Philip Graham RykenPublisher Crossway Publishers 2013 Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the Crossway Publishers book review bloggers 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


  2. says:

    This is a solid introduction to Christian worldview It is difficult to find a worldview book that is written for laymen without the academic jargon found in virtually all worldview books.This is a short book at only 100 pages before the index, bibliography, etc The first chapter has some short sections that delves unnecessarily deep on the origins of worldview and even uses Kant s phrase weltanschauung Being a book written for college students, I suppose this is appropriate.I was hoping the This is a solid introduction to Christian worldview It is difficult to find a worldview book that is written for laymen without the academic jargon found in virtually all worldview books.This is a short book at only 100 pages before the index, bibliography, etc The first chapter has some short sections that delves unnecessarily deep on the origins of worldview and even uses Kant s phrase weltanschauung Being a book written for college students, I suppose this is appropriate.I was hoping the book would beappropriate for adult laymen, and in many ways it is But this 100 page worldview book suffers in two ways First, it is unnecessarily deep in areas and many of the pages are dense with big, complicated ideas leading to the second problem In many ways the book is too short, not going in depth enough in areas where it would be helpful to the reader.Most worldview books are several hundred pages long, very academic, and often intellectually challenging This 100 page book is very good in many ways, but suffers many of the same problems the longer ones do


  3. says:

    Just fine, but it felt perfunctory like Ryken was dutifully distilling the quotes and talking points people like us like to make about worldview There s Kuyper s Mine quote there s Creation, Fall, Redemption Perhaps this little book would serve as a good introduction, but I would still prefer Wolters Creation Regained It has the feel of a life s labor, and it isrichly scriptural Ryken probably deservesthan three stars, and I didn t find myself disagreeing very much at all H Just fine, but it felt perfunctory like Ryken was dutifully distilling the quotes and talking points people like us like to make about worldview There s Kuyper s Mine quote there s Creation, Fall, Redemption Perhaps this little book would serve as a good introduction, but I would still prefer Wolters Creation Regained It has the feel of a life s labor, and it isrichly scriptural Ryken probably deservesthan three stars, and I didn t find myself disagreeing very much at all He just failed to get me interested


  4. says:

    How a christian view the world This book decribe how can a christian, have a worldview like Jesus and how to look everything from bible perspective This basic book are appropriate for student at university that s want to learn christian worldview Have a lot of of terms but, It have glossary at the end of the book.


  5. says:

    Clear and biblical One of the best introductions to Christian worldview.


  6. says:

    For some reason I decided to read a fewof these in an attempt to cover the field This one is very basic creation, fall, redemption, consummation Ryken wrote a booklet on this topic for P R, and the present work feels like little effort was expended to expand the previous one But it s never a bad idea to review the Biblical basics and to remind ourselves what this world is all about.And, best of all, Mark Cosgrove was not mentioned once For some reason I decided to read a fewof these in an attempt to cover the field This one is very basic creation, fall, redemption, consummation Ryken wrote a booklet on this topic for PR, and the present work feels like little effort was expended to expand the previous one But it s never a bad idea to review the Biblical basics and to remind ourselves what this world is all about.And, best of all, Mark Cosgrove was not mentioned once


  7. says:

    A good explanation of Christian worldview nothing new which is a good thing Positively, the diction was simple and to the point Negatively, the diction wasn t particularly profound or earth shattering But that wasn t the purpose of this book.


  8. says:

    Creation Fall Redemption GloryRinse Lather Repeat But without any footnotes, few citations, and little exegetical backing.


  9. says:

    Good stuff Short read but heavy concepts Highly recommended for all Christians who need to know what they believe, why they believe it and what things they hear in the world don t fit.


  10. says:

    This book is a good introduction to this topic written with the lay person in mind and connects the reader with additional books written on this topic.


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