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This is an outstanding book, which is unfortunately somewhat outdated in context but not in content It should resonate with those who are from Canada and half a century orold, but I don t know if it will still resonate with the younger generation The book is all about a Christian world view The authors are careful to highlight the many aspects of western civilisation that have unfortunately become falsely associated with Christianity It is then argued that these extras need to be jet This is an outstanding book, which is unfortunately somewhat outdated in context but not in content It should resonate with those who are from Canada and half a century orold, but I don t know if it will still resonate with the younger generation The book is all about a Christian world view The authors are careful to highlight the many aspects of western civilisation that have unfortunately become falsely associated with Christianity It is then argued that these extras need to be jettisoned to achieve a truly Christian worldview I found the book both encouraging and challenging, and would like to give it to every thinking Christian I know, but worry about the 1980s Canadian context This is an amazing book worth every Naira or Dollar It explains the concept of a worldview, exposes the idolatry of the modern secular worldview, and calls the Christian church to faithfulness by developing articulating a consistent Christian outlook on life Many other wonderful books have since been written on the subject of worldviews, but this still remains a marvellous introduction I heartily recommend it. For someone working in Christian campus ministry, this is probably one of those books I should have read ten years ago That said, as I read I realized that these ideas had permeated enough other writers that I already had a decent grasp of where they would go This book came out a few decades ago and thus can be gotten very cheap, used onIn it Walsh and Middleton define worldviews, then lay out a biblical worldview and a modern secular worldview The final section is a call to action For someone working in Christian campus ministry, this is probably one of those books I should have read ten years ago That said, as I read I realized that these ideas had permeated enough other writers that I already had a decent grasp of where they would go This book came out a few decades ago and thus can be gotten very cheap, used onIn it Walsh and Middleton define worldviews, then lay out a biblical worldview and a modern secular worldview The final section is a call to action for Christians to overcome a sacred secular dichotomy and realize that their faith applies to all areas of life.In essence, God may call pastors and missionaries but God also calls engineers and teachers and everyone else God cares about all these things and our duty as Christians is to bring our faith to bear in such areas So for example, a Christian running a business ought to resist the modern view that profit is all that matters, in the end, and should seek to care for employees One thing that was fascinating was that one of the examples they used most was care for the environment Nowadays such a call might be seen as liberal by the targeted audience of this book, but the fact is that the Bible is quit clear in our call to care for God s creation Also, I am pretty sure many in the targeted audience continue to care about the environment as the ultra politicized evangelicals of the religious right are probably not reading this book.What was most interesting was their story of the rise of the modern world and secularism Clearly drawing on Francis Schaeffer, they argue that there was an inherent duality in Greek thought that bled into medieval Christianity Aquinas Such thinking divided the world into sacred priests, church, God stuff and nature farming, daily life Eventually nature simply pushed out God and we were left with the naturalism and secularism of the modern world But if you read the likes of Charles Taylor, Thomas Pfau and others Alasdair McIntyre the view is that the medieval world actually functioned quite well by offering two paths of spirituality a fast path for some monks and a slower path, but still a valid path, for others farmers It was the Reforming movements that sought to lift everyone up, to make all the secular world sacred, which ironically led to secularism for by trying to lift it all up, it all came down.In essence, there are two stories One sees the roots of secularism in medieval Catholicism while the other sees the roots in Reforming movements Essentially, Catholics blame Protestants and Protestants blame Catholics Personally, I think the Taylor Pfau view hasgoing for it and I wonder if Walsh Middleton rewrote this book in light of their works if they d tell the story differently.Because really, the story of how we got here does not affect their main thesis Overall, this is a fantastic book that all Christian pastors and educators should read This is rightfully considered by many to be a foundational book for postmodern Christian thought, especially as an early engagement with the question of worldview the book was originally published in 1984 Though it s become diluted in modern parlance, Walsh and Middleton helpfully break down the notion of a worldview into 4 fundamental questions, applying it to various populations today to flesh out the concept This was compelling, and even though I m reading it after many other author This is rightfully considered by many to be a foundational book for postmodern Christian thought, especially as an early engagement with the question of worldview the book was originally published in 1984 Though it s become diluted in modern parlance, Walsh and Middleton helpfully break down the notion of a worldview into 4 fundamental questions, applying it to various populations today to flesh out the concept This was compelling, and even though I m reading it after many other authors have clearly embellished the idea, I really appreciated the clarity they bring to the discussion.The most profound chapters in this book discuss the rise of a secular worldview in the West, the debt such a paradigm owes to Greek philosophy, as well as the idols of our time and the difficult Christian task of living free of them in America The chapter on dualism was especially helpful.Overall, this book deserves a prominent place on any current especially Western Christian s shelf At moments it feels dated, but the foundation of the argument is sound and still quite relevant ( Download ) ♍ The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian World View ♾ Science, technology and economic growth motivate our society Each is carried on with little regard for Christian concerns Brian Walsh and Richard Middleton yearn for change They long to see Christianity penetrate the structures of society, reforming and remolding our culture From scholarship in the universities to politics, business and family life, the Christian vision can transform our world To stimulate such change the authors analyze our troubled age, show us how it got that way and suggest a solution Their clear presentation of a Christian world view forms the basis of their hope Been a while since I read this one, but it was helpful in working out how my faith touched on different areas of life This was especially important at the time, because I was wrestling with how my faith touched on my work as well, which was a tricky thing Perhaps a little bit dry and academic, it is nonetheless a good starting point for studying Christian worldview. Since I do a course on Building a Christian Worldview for 11th grade Omnibus I read this book The authors come from a Dutch Reformed perspective Some parts are not easy to read but it is well worth it Also since it was written there are several newer worldview books that I would also recommend. Also written by J Richard Middleton, professor at Roberts Wesleyan College. Assigned by Regent University A thorough yet basic analysis of the Christian worldview versus secular thought.