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The Universe Next Door by James W. Sire

The Universe Next Door

by James W. Sire

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A clear and readable introduction to the subject of Worldviews. It discusses a number of Worldviews and explains their key features, all from a Theistic (and that's a worldview, too) perspective. ( )
  Adewoye | Feb 20, 2014 |
behandelt met G8, zeer duidelijk, goed te lezen, laatste hoofdstuk erg overtuigend pleidooi voor mogelijkheid van kennis en waarheid christendom, veel verwijzingen daardoor grote bron voor verdere studie ( )
  Hopsakee | Apr 2, 2011 |
Although a Christian publishing, Sire gives balanced views on many worldviews/metanarratives from pantheism/naturalism/existentialism/nihilism/postmoderism (you get the idea). Recommended for college folk. ( )
1 vote jengel | Jan 18, 2010 |
Hard to read in many places because of its philosophical depth but could be an invaluable resource text. I particularly liked his summary of Marx's beliefs and Decartes' fatal error in reason. ( )
  ORFisHome | Jul 13, 2009 |
I read the first edition of this book as an undergraduate, and it provided a valuable guide to the concept of worldview - that people arrive at different conclusions about the world because they have different basic assumptions. UND is a book about Western world views - you'll need to read missiological literature for an examination of Islamic, animist or other world views. Eastern Pantheistic Monism is included by Sire because (presumably) it had a big influence on Western culture during the 1960s and into the New Age movement.

The strength of this book is that it serves as an introduction. Although some complain that it is overly academic, I think that anyone who has studied the sciences or humanities at a tertiary level should be able to pick their way through the worldviews. As an introduction, the book orients the reader to where people might be coming from, and provides the mental tools to be able to begin to identify worldviews and why they are unacceptable from a Christian and from a rational point of view. ( )
  Iacobus | Dec 17, 2008 |
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When The Universe Next Door was first introduced nearly thirty years ago, it set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. In concise, easily understood prose, James W. Sire explained the basics of theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern monism and the new consciousness. The second edition was updated and expanded to include sections on Marxism and secular humanism, as well as a completely reworked chapter on what is now widely known as New Age philosophy rather than new consciousness. And the third edition offered further updating and revisions, including a thoroughly revised chapter on New Age philosophy and, perhaps most importantly, a new chapter on postmodernism. Now the fourth edition refines the definition of worldview itself, incorporating Sire's thinking and teaching during the past decade. (His recent work is showcased in a new book, Naming the Elephant, also published by IVP.) The Universe Next Door has been translated into several languages and has been used as a text at over one hundred colleges and universities in courses ranging from apologetics and world religions to history and English literature. With the publication of the fourth edition, this book will continue to aid students, teachers and anyone who wants to understand the variety of worldviews that compete with Christianity for the allegiance of our minds and hearts.

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"James W. Sire explains the basics of Christian theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern pantheistic monism, New Age philosophy and postmodernism. In an increasingly pluralistic academic environment, the ability to understand and evaluate various worldviews is vitally important." "This new edition includes updates throughout. But most significantly, it reflects refinements in Sire's definition and thinking about the nature of worldviews themselves, which are taken up in greater detail in the companion volume, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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