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Worldview: The History of a Concept [Paperback]

By David K. Naugle (Author) & Arthur Frank Holmes (Foreword by)
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Perhaps the time is right -- for ecclesial, cultural, and global reasons -- to explore history of worldview as a concept and to reflect upon it theologically and philosophically. First of all, the last several decades have witnessed an explosion of interest in worldview in certain circles of the evangelical church. Several writers, including Carl Henry, Francis Schaeffer, James Sire, Arthur Holmes, Brian Walsh and Ricahrd Middleton, Albert Wolters, and Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey have introduced many believers to worldview thinking and its importance. This wave of interest has appeared to some extent in Catholic and Orthodox contexts as well. Christians of all kinds are discovering that overt human beliefs and behaviors, as well as sociocultural phenomena, are -- consciously or not - most often rooted in and expressions of some deeper, underlying principle and concept of life. Furthermore, worldview has served a hermeneutic purpose in the church by helping believers understand the cosmic dimensions and all-encompassing implications of biblical revelation. This book argues that a worldview is an inescapable function of the human heart and is central to identity of human beings as imago Dei.

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Conceiving of Christianity as a "worldview" has been one of the most significant events in the church in the last 150 years. In this new book David Naugle provides the best discussion yet of the history and contemporary use of worldview as a totalizing approach to faith and life. This informative volume first locates the origin of worldview in the writings of Immanuel Kant and surveys the rapid proliferation of its use throughout the English-speaking world. Naugle then provides the first study ever undertaken of the insights of major Western philosophers on the subject of worldview and offers an original examination of the role this concept has played in the natural and social sciences. Finally, Naugle gives the concept biblical and theological grounding, exploring the unique ways that worldview has been used in the Evangelical, Orthodox, and Catholic traditions. This clear presentation of the concept of worldview will be valuable to a wide range of readers.

Awards and Recognitions
Worldview: The History of a Concept by David K. Naugle & Arthur Frank Holmes has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2003 Winner - Theology/Ethics category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Worldview: The History of a Concept by David K. Naugle & Arthur Frank Holmes has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Choice - 02/01/2003 page 1000
  • Christian Century - 01/27/2004 page 40

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 16, 2002
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802847617  
ISBN13  9780802847614  

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David Naugle (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Texas at Arlington) is the distinguished university professor and chair of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University. David lives in Duncanville, Texas, with his wife, Deemie.

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and six grandchildren.

David K. Naugle currently resides in the state of Texas.

David K. Naugle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition

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Great Summary of a worldviews and a Christian worldview  Jan 30, 2006
For the past 6 months, I have been catching up on reading about worldviews. (Shows you far behind the times I am). I have read all the major worldview books by Christian writers. They all provide their interpretation of what constitutes the Christian worldview perspective. Naugle does that but puts his book into a broader historical and philosophical context. He also acknowledges all the current Christian books on worldviews except Pearcey's "Total Truth" which was published after this book.

There is one area that all the Christian writers ignore or give scant attention in writing about worldviews. This is the economic and business organizational arena. These Christian writers discuss education, science and the political worldview and their impact on society. Some business writers have stated the business community determines the value structure of society more than the churches, political, scientific and educational communities. The scandals in government and economic can be viewed as worldview issues. I recognize that most business executives would probably not realize how important it is to articulate their worldview. IT is probably the single foundational issue that helps the give the business a sense of value, vision and mission.

Overall David Naugle's is very readable and worth the effort.
Iffy...  Oct 6, 2004
I find some of Naugle's uses of "worldview" are questionable, to say the least. Philosophers explain that because a culture has a certain WORD - like "worldview" - it does not follow that it has the corresponding CONCEPT. Intellectual history is good but one must use caution when doing these types of philological (and don't be fooled - this is more philology than philosophy), studies.

Also, on an apologetic note - Calvinistic fideism is the rule in this book and it finally collapses into subjectivism (he tries to avoid it in a footnote in chapter one, unsuccessfully). If you have any evidentialist tendendcies, you won't find anything here. When all is said and done all he can say (and does say) is that theists and, say, 'non-theists,' just have different beliefes (shrug shoulders and walk away scratching head); that is what it amounts to.

Two stars because it is interesting in some ways, just take with a large degree of healthy skepticism if you are an objectivist.
dissertation on intellectual history, followed by passion  Feb 7, 2004
I bought the book several months back, started the first few chapters, and moved on to more pressing material. I finished the book as part of my expanded reading for an adult education class at our church on the topic of Christian worldviews. We know from the introduction that the book began as his PhD dissertation, i would suspect that this is the contents of chapters 1-8, which are just a little dry, factual presentation dominated by philosophers and their writings. Probably the best available introduction to the concepts revolving around 'world and life view', certainly well done and informative.

But it is chapters 9 and 10 that really interest me. 9 is "Theological Reflections of 'Worldview' " and 10 is "Philosophical Reflections on 'Worldview'". These two chapters are worth the time to read the whole book and well worth an occasional reread in the future to keep the ideas fresh, warm and on the top of my thinking. So if you have just a few minutes to analyze if you want to buy and read this book; start with chapter 9, especially for a Christian, or chapter 10, for the more secular, and see if the book is of interest to you. If you are interested in how he presents ideas i would turn to pg 46, a section entitled "Sacramental Worldview" which is a section on the Eastern Orthodoxy worldview, especially from the pen of Alexander Schmemann, and is probably the best 9 pages in the first 8 chapters, i ordered his book immediately on reading this part.

The book is not an easy read, a certain tolerance for names and intellectual history is needed, perhaps not a common quality in today's reading public. But there is nothing that a motivated person with access to the net for more background information can't cure in a few clicks and some supplementary reading. But i am afraid most people would follow a similar trajectory as i did, a few chapters then a slow creep to the bottom of the to-be-read pile, and this is unfortunate, if it happens to you, skip to 9 and 10 and read them, then get back to the harder, less uplifting work of the details rather than the big picture. The author would be well advised to release these 2 chapters onto the (wild)net, for they are standalone, and worthy of greater broadcast then they will get following his dissertation(as packaged in the book), for they would be of great value in discussions like my class at church.

Excellent Book on Different Worldviews  Jan 13, 2003
Having read this book for Dr. Naugle's Philosophy class, I got this book first hand. It was one of our textbooks for his class, and it was a hard read. It was his dissertation, and the language in it can tend to be obscure. He sets out to analyze various worldviews from various perspectives. Being distinctly Christian, Dr. Naugle has three chapters on various Christian worldviews (Chapters 1,2,9). But, his philosophical insights into it at just short of amazing. This is a tremendous book from a tremendous man (And when you get through with it you will definitely know what 'Weltanschauung' means!)

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