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What's Your Worldview James Anderson

NOTE: This book was provided to me free by Crossway Publishing and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

For some time now I wanted to see a work by an apologists from the Presuppositionalists perspective written primarily for non-Christians.   It seems most works by Presuppositionalists is to teach believers biblical apologetics.  Yet it is also important to directly address unbelievers with Presuppositional apologetics.  I think James Anderson does a masterful job of filling this much needed void with his upcoming book What’s Your Worldview?  The format of the book makes this work very engaging:  For those who are familiar with the children book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” Dr. Anderson in similar fashion has short chapters that ask various questions and how you answer according to your view will dictate what page you turn to—and also what are the consequences for those ideas.  Not all consequences are pretty!  In fact, most worldviews Dr. Anderson points out is irrational or unlivable if one tries to go by with it consistently.  In this fashion the author is to be commended for making the readers think about what they believe and refute irrational worldviews in a creative and engaging way.  It is already wonderful that the book is informative and interactive but Anderson’s humor makes it even better.  The author is witty.  The book also makes it clear that it is not meant to be the last word on worldviews and I would definitely agree—it is a short book.  The author tries hard to avoid unwarranted generalization and interact with the major worldviews and thought in the West today, although I think he does better than that with his awareness and response to some of the worldviews popular in the East.  For instance, he talks about Pantheism and also made a good distinction between Pantheism and Panentheism.  I suppose the only thing I have to disagree with the book is Anderson’s definition of religion and worldview.  It seems to me that the two are quite synonymous, if we understand religion as “ultimate commitment.”  But this is a minor point.  Overall an excellent work, even though I have a review copy in electronic file I plan to purchase the paperback when it comes out.  One should definitely remember the name James Anderson for Lord willing, we will see more quality books and scholarly papers articulating and defending the Christian faith.

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