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Overview with a Postcript coauthored by Michael W. Goheen In print for two decades and translated into eight languages, Albert Wolters's classic formulation of an integrated Christian worldview has been revised and expanded to reach new readers beyond the generation that has already benefited from this clear, concise proposal for transcending the false dichotomy between sacred and secular. Wolters begins by defining the nature and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from philosophy and theology. He then outlines a Reformed analysis of the three basic categories in human history - creation, fall, and redemption - arguing that while the fall reaches into every corner of the world, Christians are called to participate in Christ's redemption of all creation. This Twentieth Anniversary edition features a new concluding chapter, coauthored with Michael Goheen, that helpfully places the discussion of worldview in a broader narrative and missional context.
Publishers Description In this brief and straightforward examination of Christians' basic beliefs, Albert M. Wolters spells out the structure of a reformational worldview and its significance for those who seek to follow the Scriptures.
Wolters begins by defining the nature and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from philosophy or theology, and noting that the Christian community has advanced a variety of worldviews. He then outlines a Reformed analysis of the three fundamental turning points in human history -- Creation, the Fall, and Redemption -- concluding that while the Fall might reach into every corner of the world, Christians are called to participate in Christ's redemption of all creation.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2005
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN 0802829694 ISBN13 9780802829696
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More About Albert M. Wolters
Albert M. Wolters is professor of religion and theology and of classical languages at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario
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Exceptional Oct 27, 2006
In this brief and smartly written book, readers are introduced to a distinct Christian worldview that has existed throughout church history but has come to be identified with theological traditions stemming from the Protestant reformation. Informing this worldview, in the author's own words, are the beliefs that "(1) creation is much broader and more comprehensive than we tend to think, (2) the fall affects that creation to its full extent, and (3) redemption in Jesus Christ reaches just as far as the fall." The author's substantial giftedness in teaching and communication is on full display as he explains the biblical underpinnings and implications of each of these core beliefs; his writing is always clear and sometimes deeply stirring. The profound and empowering message of Creation Regained, appropriate for Christians of all traditions and vocations, will have readers marveling at the redemptive action of God in human history and considering their own roles in his work of making all things new.
The three stage act - creation fall redemption Jan 29, 2006
I have heard about this book for several years and was excited at the opportunity to read through it. I was not disapointed.
The things I enjoyed... This was the best book I have read that outlines creation - fall - redemption as the basis for Christian Worldview. Wolters did an excellent job with this.
His emphasis on creation - fall - redemption as far reaching (these categories reach everything, all of creation) was a breath of fresh air and a helpful concentration.
Areas I still have questions... In his new addition (last chapter) with the church's role in mission and the Gospel as it relates to worldview, I found myself wanting more definitional distinctions between Gospel and redemption. Is the Gospel an aspect of redemption or toally different? If my vocation as a carpenter is bringing "directional" kingdom order to the "structure" of carpentry, can this be my mission or is it my role in redemption, and how are those two different? Any book recomendations to help with these latter questions, please forward them to me.
A good introduction to worldview thinking Aug 5, 2003
The subtitle of this book is "Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview," and as the book develops, the author clearly aligns himself with the Dutch Reformed school of thought. This school of thought is best represented by Abraham Kuyper and there is a real sense in which this book can be viewed as an introduction to Kuyperian thinking.
Wolters begins the book by defining what a worldview is. He distinguishes "worldview" from the academic disciplines of theology and philosophy. He says that one may need specialized education to engage in theology and philosophy, but a worldview is something that everyone has, regardless of education. He defines a worldview as "the comprehensive framework of one's basic beliefs about things."
He goes on to say that a Biblical worldview is to understand the world through the biblical lenses of creation, fall, and redemption. Chuck Colson's book "How Now Shall We Live," takes the same approach.
What is unique about Wolters book, and this is a theme that runs throughout, is his distinction between structure and direction. Structure refers to the way something was created. In other words, everything has a structure - the family, government, labor, etc., all have a structure given to them. Direction refers to their movement toward or away from God.
He shows that many Christians tend to reject the structure of a thing, when they should be dealing with direction. For instance, he speaks of human sexuality. Many Christians view sex in a negative light. However, sexuality has a biblical structure, i.e. it was created by God for a purpose and is to be pursued according to that purpose. To reject sexuality out of hand is to reject God's created order, or structure. It is the direction of human sexuality that we are to engage, not the structure. We are to seek to redeem it, pointing it in a godward direction.
Wolters goes on to develop these themes through looking at how the fall affected the created order (structure) and how redemption affects it. Redemption is concerned with reversing the effects of the fall. Because the scope of redemption is as wide as the scope of the fall, there is nothing in all of creation that is irredeemable.
All of this leads up to an explanation of the Kuyperian notion of sphere sovereignty - which states that no societal institution is subordinate to any other. In other words, the church is not subordinate to the state, nor vice versa. This applies to all institutions - family, education, etc.. If I read him right each institution has a created structure and though they are not subordinate to one another, they are subordinate to God's laws. Hence, all can and must be redeemed - i.e. put in a godward direction.
I enjoyed the book - there is a lot of meat in a few pages. It has motivated me to study Kuyper and his disciples more closely. I am not sure that I am completed persuaded on the sphere sovereignty notion yet, but regardless, this book is provocative and well worth a read.
Concise book on culture and the Bible Apr 18, 2002
This book is quite short, but is packed with excellent material. Avoiding the pratfall of discussing politics as if that were the only realm of culture, Wolters has some very insightful comments on how the biblical themes of Creation, Fall, and Redemption interweave with culture. My only real critique is that I wish it were longer. To those who share my critique, I can recommend David Hegeman's "Plowing in Hope" which picks up where Wolters leaves off.
Fresh and Provacative Explanation of Christians in the world May 12, 2000
Wolters has done a terrific job of explaining how Christians are to relate to all of the created world in this brief treatise. In a time in which Christians in America lack a clear vision of their place in and with society, many have succumbed to the belief that that some areas are less important and less holy than others. Having forced life into a dichotomy of "secular" and "sacred" activities, Christendom has lost its sense of the inherent value and goodness of life outside the walls of their Sunday School classroom. With more and more Christians abandoning their posts and ceasing to believe in the inherent goodness of culture and society, it is no wonder that the machinery of soceity has come to a grinding and nauseating halt. The air is ripe for believers to rediscover the truth about God's love and plans for the redemption of all of life and to realize that the myth of the sacred/secular dichotomy is nothing more than the ancient, but everpresent, heresy of Gnosticism which has always plaugud the church (and no doubt always will til Christ comes back).
Creation is intrinsically a good thing. Sin entered the world and like a parasite attached itself to all things. But God, in His everlasting and everreaching mercy, has brought about a plan of redemption, not only to individual persons, but also to the world as a whole, through the death and resurrection of His Son. This short, yet masterfully written book (98 pages), will impart to Christians an intoxicating vision and direction about the world at large that is much needed in the Church today. _Creation Regained_ offers a comforting and encouraging word, reassuring the troubled Christian with the implications of redemption and how they must drive our interaction with culture. God desires the restoration of all of life, and Christians are his salt and light to accomplish that purpose. A must read for all who seriously struggle to understand their place in the world.