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For more than forty years,The Universe Next Doorhas set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews.Using his widely influential model of eight basic worldview questions, James Sire examines prominent worldviews that have shaped the Western world:
New Age philosophy
Intertwined with this analysis, he 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 readers 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 new explanatory sidebars, helpful charts comparing worldviews and illustrating their historical flow, and a chapter on challenges to a Christian worldview in the twenty-first century. New discussion questions will help readers reflect more deeply on the ideas in each chapter.
The Universe Next Doorhas been translated into over a dozen 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. In a world of ever-increasing diversity,The Universe Next Dooroffers a unique resource for understanding the variety of worldviews that claim the allegiance of mind and heart.
Foreword to the Sixth Edition by Jim Hoover Preface to the Fifth Edition
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 Live Worth Living 12. Building a Christian Worldview for the Twenty-First Century:A Work in Progress
Appendix:Worldview Diagrams and Thumbnail Sketches Index
"Over two generations of evangelicals have been nurtured by James Sire's magisterialThe Universe Next Door. It is rightly considered a Christian classic. And for two reasons, this new incarnation of Sire's work is especially important. For one, it has a number of new features—including clarifying sidebars, charts, study questions, and a new chapter tackling recent challenges to a Christian worldview—that make its content clear, updated, and easy to use as a text. For another, as Western culture moves further and further away from the memory of a Christian worldview, it becomes increasingly important that Christians know how to navigate the realm of worldviews and think worldviewishly as Christians. This new edition ofThe Universe Next Dooris for such a time as this."
J. P. Moreland
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