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For more than 40 years, The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, concise introduction to worldviews. Using his widely influential model of eight basic worldview questions, James Sire examines prominent worldviews that have shaped the Western world: theism, deism, naturalism, Marxism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern monism, New Age philosophy, postmodernism, and Islam.

Intertwined with this analysis, Sire presents an overview of intellectual history giving insight into the current state of Western thought and culture. Critiquing each worldview within its own frame of reference and in comparison to others, Sire encourages listeners to wrestle with life's biggest questions and examine the core beliefs and commitments on which they are building their lives. 

The sixth edition, updated by Sire's longtime editor Jim Hoover, features a chapter on challenges to a Christian worldview in the 21st century. New discussion questions will help listeners reflect more deeply on the ideas in each chapter. In a world of ever-increasing diversity, The Universe Next Door offers a unique resource for understanding the variety of worldviews that claim the allegiance of mind and heart.

©2020 The Estate of James W. Sire (sixth edition); copyright 2009 by James W. Sire (fifth edition); copyright 2004 by James W. Sire (fourth edition); copyright 1997 by James W. Sire (third edition); copyright 1988 by James W. Sire (second edition); copyright 1976 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the United States of America (first edition) (P)2021 eChristian

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An overview of the major worlviews

An overview of the main worldviews present in western countries today, from a Christian perspective. There is a lot to cover yet Sire feels well read (even though there is of course more that could be said).
The contents of the book are as follows:
Foreword
Preface
1 A World of Difference: Introduction
2 A Universe Charged with the Grandeur of God: Christian Theism
3 The Clockwork Universe: Deism
4 The Silence of Finite Space: Naturalism
5 Zero Point: Nihilism
6 Beyond Nihilism: Existentialism
7 Journey to the East: Eastern Pantheistic Monism
8 A Separate Universe: The New Age—Spirituality Without Religion
9 The Vanished Horizon: Postmodernism
10 A View from the Middle East: Islamic Theism
11 The Examined Life: A Life Worth Living
12 Building a Christian Worldview for the Twenty-First Century: A Work in Progress

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  • 23-01-2021

Good analysis of other world views from a Christian Perspective

This book provides a good analysis of other world views but is very obviously of a Christian perspective.

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