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Overview Chris Chrisman, a young Christian, goes to college only to have his world turned upside down. On campus he finds the challenges to his faith-both intellectual and personal-almost more than he can bear. Then he meets Bill Seipel and Bob Wong. Together, the three young men, two of them Christians and the other self-styled atheist forge a common bond in the quest for truth. In the process they confront some of the dominant ideologies of the secular university.
Publishers Description Chris Chrisman, a young Christian, goes to college only to have his world turned upside down. On campus he finds the challenges to his faith -- both intellectual and personal -- almost more than he can bear. Then he meets Bill Seipel and Bob Wong. Together, the three young men, two of them Christians and the other a self-styled atheist, forge a common bond in the quest for truth. In the process they confront some of the dominant ideologies of the secular university. Weaving the story of Chris's first year on campus with separate expository chapters on such forces as individualism, pluralism, relativism and privitization, James Sire offers a helpful apologetic for those who are searching for truth in a postmodern world. He identifies no fewer than six types of relativism, from "All religions boil down to the same thing" and "It's true for you; it's not true for me" to "God does not exist; naturalism is true." Then in down-to-earth language Sire helps readers to think through these and other complex issues.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2000
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830816569 ISBN13 9780830816569
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More About James W. Sire
Born on a ranch on the rim of the Nebraska Sandhills, James W. Sire has been an officer in the Army, a college professor of English literature, philosophy and theology, the chief editor of InterVarsity Press (a Christian publisher of books for thoughtful readers), a lecturer at over two hundred universities in the U.S., Canada, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia, and the author of twenty books on literature, philosophy and the Christian faith. His book The Universe Next Door, published in 1976 and now in its fifth edition, has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into 18 foreign languages. He holds a B.A. in chemistry and English from the University of Nebraska, an M.A. in English from Washington State College (now University) and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri. His most recent book is a memoir, The Rim of the Sandhills (eBook on Kindle and Nook).
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Critical reading for every Christian student...and their parents! Apr 18, 2007
In a world where relativism and conformity are pressured on college students in every university and college this book is a MUST read. While the issues discussed can get somewhat difficult at times, understanding the basic ideas presented by Sire will prepare every Christian student with an understanding of the world we face. If you are worried about your son or daughter going off to college and want to help them understand better how people think, buy them this book. Even better, read it with them and discuss it--you will know better how to help them and they will be able to work through these issues with you.
Excellent Nov 6, 2006
I am using the book in a Bible class for college singles. It directly addresses the reality of what young adults can expect from others in relation to faith in God. It is not a book on how to share your faith, but instead it is a book that reveals the actual mindset of the majority in our culture, which is: whatever you believe is good for you, just don't try to involve me, because I don't need you. This is a culture shock for young adults who grew up in a "normal family" but go to college and find out the real world does not define truth or faith at all, but instead teaches that the only truth is there in no truth at all. Eye opening book, I recommend it sincerely. Patrick Spence
Ideological Bias is Rampant on College and University Campuses in America Mar 22, 2006
Mr. Sire is right on the money with this little gem of a book about the bias on college campuses that Christian students have to endure. His descriptions of the three "isms" of relativism, individualism and pluralism are easy to follow for parents of high school seniors whose sons and daughters may be college bound in a year, and for those who have sons and daughters already in college. He skillfully blends several typical student types from different backgrounds into a believable study of freshman year on-campus life, and explains how Christian students can guard against attacks by atheistic or agnostic instructors who, lacking belief in anything greater than themselves, seek to supress all faith-based views in the classroom. Although Mr. Sire was out in front on this issue when he wrote the book in 1993, many other voices have been raised since. One such voice is that of conservative activist David Horowitz, who has formed Students for Academic Freedom, a national movement recognizing that political partisanship by professors in the classroom is an abuse of students' academic freedom. Mr. Horowitz's Academic Bill of Rights, having been rejected by liberal college administrators and faculty who deny the existence of any problem, is currently making the rounds of state legislatures. In my book, The China Connection, I've also touched on the issue of relativism as it affects youngsters in religously-affiliated colleges; kids whose faith should be bolstered, not weakened or destroyed during their college years. Chris Chrisman Goes to College is an excellent starting point and guide for parents who have noticed what's being done on college campuses in the name of academic freedom and want to better equip their college age sons and daughters to retain their faith by fending off the pernicious attacks of cynical liberal ideologues posing as teachers at America's institutions for higher learning. I've purchased four copies and intend to give three away as gifts to parents of college age kids. If academic freedom is to have full meaning, then all students, not just secular ones, must be allowed to express their views and have them heard in the classroom. Parents and alumni are irate. This issue is now on the front burner. Don't look for it to go away any time soon.
Absolutely a Great Book (Excuse the pun) Apr 22, 2002
This book does an excellent job of both explaining and reacting to the *isms of the world. Sire manages to not only explain the *isms in understandable terms, he makes it interesting by using a realistic life example: going to a secular college. The book is held together by the thoughts and dialogue of Chris Chrisman and unexpected counterpart: Bob Wong. Both characters are students that go into college with opposite convictions, and through a set of similar circumstances, they both begin to doubt and question their beliefs. The book uses their circumstances to teach the reader about relativism, pluralism, individualism and more. Sire uses easy to understand logic and philosophy coupled with the each situation to convey the the truth: that there are absolutes.
The book would make a great graduation gift for a friend or family member that will be going off to college.
Every Christian going off to college should have & read ofte Jan 31, 2001
I give every young person from our church off to college this book in the hopes it will begin to open their eyes to the truth that will be shortly challenged at most colleges and universities --- absolute truth.
Sire does an admirable job of Chris' college life of the temptations and protections against the "ism's" of relativism, individualism and pluralism." One might add consumerism and postmodernism to this list. Maybe Sire will in a rewrite.
This book is winsome! Put it into the hands of the college students you know, or get and read it if you're now there.