Or, in light of biblical history, where did they come from? The tone is balanced and never triumphalist or strident--Sunshine does not caricature other worldviews nor shy away from critiques of the Christian one his own , but he also doesn't hesitate to point out straw men erected by others and deliver a body blow or two with consistent grace and humor even in doing so. The author was not objective however, and I did not appreciate the lecture at the end — I almost felt chastised! In any case, Sunshine's up-to-that-point entertaining book becomes somewhat off-putting. He believed that it is based upon selfishness. People often talk about worldview when describing the philosophy that guides their lives. Even at it's best the book is an unforgivingly dull read.
This idea has a profound impact. Still, as I said and while this is a worthwhile point to keep in mind as you read, it does not diminish the overall worth of this book. I used this book in a humanities class covering the Western world from late antiquity to the Renaissance that I taught last fall term and got a very good reaction to it from most of the students who were largely college freshmen. The author writes at a lay level to help his readers understand the development of worldviews that underpin the Western world. Then you also had the discovery of the New World and whole people groups that had never heard the gospel. I found this book increasingly hard to read with every page due souly on the authors This book grossly misreprents itself as an unbiased objective review of the christianity's effect on western world views. I was introduced to this book in a Early Modern World class in university in fact.
While Freud was important in his time, he no longer is in modern psychology. So how should Christians live in this world? It demonstrates the decisive impact that the growth of Christianity had in transforming the outlook of pagan Roman culture into one that, based on biblical concepts of humanity and its relationship with God, established virtually all the positive aspects of Western civilization. The reason I especially like this book is that it helps me understand where some of the church traditions came from and why would you do some of what we do. Like Rome we value toleration as the supreme virtue. But I wonder, whose name will endure in the annals of history: Friedrich Nietzsche or Glenn Sunshine? That's an important thing to understand whether you are Christian or not. Having a similarly positive impression of Sunshine's compact history of the Reformation, I am prepared to buy and read anything he might next write. If Christians are going to make the kind of impact for the Kingdom of God that the early Christians had on Rome, we need their courage, their perseverance, and their faithfulness.
Considering it deals with history, politics, economics, philosophy and religion, it is very readable. We have atheists with Christian morals. Interesting overview of the history of Western thought and how Christianity has influenced and continues to influence the daily lives and thought even of those who do not consider themselves religious, much less Christian. That would mean that human beings made in the image of God are expected to work as well. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. The Crusades, understood in the framework and worldview of their own time are hugely important to how Christians saw the world around themselves.
I expected it to be dry, somewhat boring, and that it would take me a long time to finish. It becomes obvious very early that the author has a great distaste on the values of other religions and even goes as far as calling them perverted. This authoritative, accessible survey traces the development of the worldviews that underpin the Western world. That gives you unprecedented access to linguistic data, along with all the tools you need for exegesis and interpretation. It discusses philosophical issues in more depth Schaeffer focuses more on art.
This is a history, and reads like it, rather than heavy philosophy, and does an amazingly good job at accurately and simply summarizing often complex and lengthy arguments. The author even goes so far as to say - twice! Finally, the book is trying to cover a massive span of time. From the look and feel of the book, to its lack of bibliography and minimal footnotes, and most importantly to its easier prose and explanations, it's not what I expected at all! Homeschoolers or anyone in the education field would find it particularly useful. In other words, those who are superior should rule over those who are inferior because they have demonstrated their ability to rule or conquer. In the modern world, therefore, truth is not found in the past but in the present and future.
But how have we come by our worldviews, and what impact did Christianity have on those that are common to Western civilization? The only complaint after reading the last chapter is his conclusion of what to do if we are to effect any change upon this worldview. Church youth leaders and students would do well to study this book. I can endorse those ideas, and the final chapter of the book, which does not seem like it fits on the end of everything that preceded it. The bias is a problem, though possibly worse are parts of the book that are factually wrong or in some cases outright omissions. I don't think Sunshine believes that will change anyone's opinion about abortion. He talks about social outreach, kingdom living, and politics but never mentioned the Gospel. Since a person cannot truly understand the Kingdom of God, apart from the New Birth, even if he borrows from its worldview, the Gospel would have to be an important part of the solution to the errors in our worldview and it is missing from the last chapter of the book.
All of us have a worldview. Christianity was originally a persecuted minority religion. The idea that God created the universe and then rested showed that God worked. It had positive and legitimate functions. He ably demonstrates how the former transformed the latter, producing a medieval consensus from which almost all that is recognizably western emerged, and how a systematic rejection of that consensus is bringing us back around to the values of Ancient Rome. Reading it has challenged the way that I think about not only western or Christian worldviews, but worldviews and history in general! Western civilization is a product of ancient Roman civilization plus Christianity.
This rejection of spirituality and meaning has ushered in various other worldviews as alternatives. Professors, students, and armchair historians alike will profit from this book. Why do Christians always call it 'Darwinism' anyway? Are you kidding me, Dr. Therefore, all of us have a number of natural rights that the state cannot remove. It demonstrates the decisive impact that the growth of Christianity had in transforming the outlook of pagan Roman culture into one that, based on biblical concepts of humanity and its relationship with God, established virtually all the positive aspects of Western civilization.
This is also missing in much of the Church. Also it's publisher is Zondervan, a publisher of religiously themed books. Professors, students, and armchair historians alike will profit from this book. This summary provides us a perspective against which to compare and contrast a Christian, biblical worldview based on New Testament principles. In the early modern period, starting with the Renaissance in the fifteenth century to the seventeenth century, there are a whole series of events that shook the worldview consensus that developed in the Middle Ages. The thesis of this book is that the history of Western Civilization can be traced according to its changing relationship to Christianity. Some concepts at the beginning were difficult to grasp, but forcing myself to continue on, the book became so interesting that I could not stop until it was finished.