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Overview Everyone has a worldview. How did we get it? How is it formed? Is it possible by persuasion and logic to change one's worldview? In Rethinking Worldview, writer and worldview teacher J. Mark Bertrand has a threefold aim. First, he seeks to capture a more complex, nuanced appreciation of what worldviews really are. Then he situates worldviews in the larger context of a lived faith. Finally, he explores the organic connections between worldview and wisdom and how they are expressed in witness. Bertrand's work reads like a conversation, peppered with anecdotes and thought-provoking questions that push readers to continue thinking and talking long after they have put the book down. Thoughtful readers interested in theology, philosophy, and culture will be motivated to rethink their own perspectives on the nature of reality, as well as to rethink the concept of worldviews itself.
Everyone has a worldview. How did we get it? How is it formed? Is it possible by persuasion and logic to change one's worldview?
In Rethinking Worldview, writer and worldview teacher J. Mark Bertrand has a threefold aim. First, he seeks to capture a more complex, nuanced appreciation of what worldviews really are. Then he situates worldviews in the larger context of a lived faith. Finally, he explores the organic connections between worldview and wisdom and how they are expressed in witness.
Bertrand's work reads like a conversation, peppered with anecdotes and thought-provoking questions that push readers to continue thinking and talking long after they have put the book down. Thoughtful readers interested in theology, philosophy, and culture will be motivated to rethink their own perspectives on the nature of reality, as well as to rethink the concept of worldviews itself.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.13" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.77 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 2007
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581349343 ISBN13 9781581349344
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More About J. Mark Bertrand
J. Mark Bertrand earned a BA in English from Union University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. In addition to teaching on the faculty of Worldview Academy, an academic summer camp for high school students, he is the fiction editor at Relief Journal. Bertrand lives with his wife, Laurie, in South Dakota. He blogs at www.jmarkbertrand.com.
J. Mark Bertrand was born in 1970.
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Open your mind May 27, 2008
I must confess at first I felt intimidated by the subject matter of this book, but once I began reading I was hooked. Mr. Bertrand presents the material in such a way as to promote deep thought. Follow the author's recommendation and read this book in tandem with scripture; you will get much more out of both. This is an excellent book for the committed Christian living in our increasingly secular world. Read it, you will be reinvigorated in our Christian call to evangelize. Matt 28:19-20
Lifting Our Hearts Toward Heaven May 20, 2008
"As a Biblical Counselor, I spend much of my time working with discouraged people. In the past two weeks, I have read Mark's last chapter to most of my adult clients. Without exception, their hearts have been lifted by being exposed to the scene in heaven (Revelation 4 and 5) that caused them to once again be awe-struck with their Savior. Mark puts the information together so beautifully. The connection to "on earth as it is in heaven" has literally given hope to many over these weeks."
What A Wonderful Worldview Book Feb 12, 2008
In Rethinking Worldview, J. Mark Bertrand has written an expansive book...a witty book. He has written a literary book, and a provoking book. An erudite book and a fascinating book. I think my brain hurts.
If you didn't catch it, the first lines of this review are a hat tip to the first lines of Peter Leithart's book Against Christianity, which in turn plays off the first lines of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground. While I hate to be a wet blanket, it might behoove the potential reader of Rethinking Worldview to brush up on literature before taking on this book. Bertrand is not simply comfortable in the literary realm; he inhabits it, as any true writer does. By his own admission, Bertrand is first and foremost a writer of fiction. I am convinced that his vocation as fiction writer is in large part what made reading this non-fiction book so enjoyable.
I am also convinced I cannot do justice to this book in a mere review. Had we but world enough and time, as well as web space, I might be inclined to take a prismatic look at the book: firstly as a Christian non-fiction book of the `Christian Life/General' variety (a catch-all publishing-marketing category I deny Bertrand's book fits neatly into), secondly as an introduction to general philosophy, thirdly as a topical commentary on certain biblical narratives, and lastly but not least, a call to a new view of worldview studies. Bertrand has even sprinkled a generous dash of autobiography into the mix.
If I have given the impression that this book is only for the literati, it's not. And it's certainly not restricted to those who have pre-thought about worldview and are therefore now permitted to re-think it. Truth be told, my personal exposure to worldview, as well as apologetics (both of which figure quite heavily into the book), have been very limited. So while I picked up this book with trepidation, its sweeping sub-titular promise of `learning to think, live, and speak in this world' was ample attraction to crack its spine (I jest) and devour its contents.
Bertrand opens the book claiming an artistic sensibility rather than an academic one, declaring a lack of expertise in any one area. He hopes the book "will open up unexpected vistas" and encourages the reader to ingest the Scriptures alongside Rethinking Worldview, thereby rooting the book squarely in biblical territory. We can therefore be fairly certain that the `unexpected vistas' Bertrand anticipates will not stray from the pages of the Bible. Rethinking Worldview definitely isn't short on doctrine, but it's not the hit-you-over-the-head kind. Bertrand freely admits where his theological and intellectual allegiances lie - be warned, he's not afraid of labels. But there's never an inkling of superiority in the text, which is as it should be, since Bertrand is trying to usher the reader towards a humbler, holistic - and dare I say, humane - approach to worldview. His nudging is always in concert with, and never opposed to, the fundamental doctrines of the faith. The biblical passages he brings to bear on his insights (or more accurately, the biblical passages that have informed his insights) never pop up extraneously; rather, they are seamlessly woven into the text and appear only in appropriate and helpful places. Bertrand never shoehorns a biblical reference into the text for the sake of having a biblical reference.
The book is neatly divided into three sections of four chapters. Each section corresponds with the three concepts of worldview, wisdom, and witness. In the first section, Bertrand provides a cursory history of worldview studies. He points out its successes and its flaws, the major flaw being that worldview study has become pedantic, didactic, simplistic, and overconfident. Bertrand then invites us to consider the topic of individuals' ability to change worldviews, and not only to change, but to metamorphose into an increasingly Christian worldview.
The second section accesses biblical teaching on the kind of godly wisdom derived from faith and obedience. Bertrand insists true God-given wisdom - the type that allows a truly Christian worldview to form - is only available through faith in the one true God. We cannot believe in a generic `God' and claim true faith; therefore we cannot claim true wisdom, and it follows that we cannot claim an accurate, biblical worldview. Chapter 7, my favorite chapter by far, employs the Turkish sack of Constantinople in the fifteenth century as an extended metaphor for strengthening and defending our worldviews. This chapter also exhibits Bertrand's storytelling acumen. Even through crime fiction isn't my shtick, I'm quite tempted to spend some time at ThePatternOfWounds.com reading his most current novel.
The third `W' concept in the book is witness. According to Bertrand, witness is not automatically synonymous with evangelism. Witness always includes the euangelion - the good news - but witness is much more. Close to the end of the book, Bertrand takes the opportunity to present the Gospel in a comprehensive and compelling way, noting that both believing and failing to believe are both faith commitments. Neither is morally neutral. He concludes the book with a call to Christian to regenerate the Arts, because the Arts are no more neutral than beliefs are.
Although I've read and reviewed many excellent books recently, none was quite as enjoyable as Rethinking Worldview. The weave of theology and philosophy and pedagogy and story was a delight, which made wading through the obligatory abstract worldview theory much less daunting. If this review is guilty of anything, it must be the omission of so many fine quotes from the book - which should encourage you to read it for yourself. Locating a truly literary author who writes sophisticated non-fiction is more difficult than one might think (Penguin's A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel comes to mind, and Kris Lundgaard shows literary flair in P&R's Through the Looking Glass), so my only complaint about this book and this author is that there's only one of each.
This is a DiscerningReader.com review.
A Practical Approach to a Christian Worldview Jan 22, 2008
(Re)Thinking Worldview is a fun read that will challenge your thinking at its deepest level while barely breaking a sweat. J. Mark Bertrand is a bit wordy at many points, my only complaint, but the investment turns out to be worthwhile every time.
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. One, Bertrand finds it easy to be heady without being intimidating. On the surface, the subject of the book seems intimidating. The subject (Christian worldview and its implications) is one with which every Christian needs to be familiar, and Bertrand does well to make it accessible to most readers.
Two, only the first third of the book is actually spent defining worldview. The rest of the book is devoted to the ethical implications of our worldview as Christians. I really enjoyed Bertrand's foray into the Christian's view of art. He manages to embrace the post-modern emphasis on storytelling over dogmatism while maintaining the Christian's responsibility to communicate truth.
Further, I greatly appreciate the way Bertrand shows the reader what it means to be an active consumer of information rather than passive. It makes all the difference in the world when the believer is deciding what it means to simply read a book or watch a movie. It helped me to cement some ideas I'd had about the Christian's view and use of art, and took me a few steps further.
As the subtitle reflects, this is a book about thinking, living, and speaking. Worldview is an exciting subject to me, as a subject that covers all of these elements. I was encouraged to read an author who shares the same kind of passion for these important subject. "(Re)Thinking Worldview" is a great introduction to Christian worldview, sure to get newcomers excited as well. More than that, as the subtitle reflects, it is a book about thinking, living, and speaking as well. Believers would do well do to allow Bertrand to instruct them.
Rethinking Worldview Jan 9, 2008
This book is a great analysis of worldview from a fresh perspective, challenging those of us who are weary of ten-point presentations on how to think and act in the world. Mr. Bertrand's observations prompt the reader to carefully consider their worldview, and think independently from the status quo. With its sound theological foundation and classic critical thinking methods, this book would be a good resource for classes or seminars as well as for interested independent readers looking for a modern, unique perspective built on a traditional base. Highly recommended.