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Overview InterVarsity Press Publication For more than thirty years James W. Sire has grappled with the issue of worldviews. In this book he offers readers his most mature thought on the concept of a worldview, addressing such questions as: What is the history of the concept itself?; What is the first question we should ask in formulating a worldview?; What is the really real?; or How do we know anything at all? How are worldviews formed existentially as well as intellectually? Is a worldview primarily an intellectual system, a way of life or a story? What are the public and private dimensions of a worldview? What role can worldview thinking play in assessing our own worldview and those of others, especially in light of the pluralism within which we live. In his widely used textbook The Universe Next Door, first published in 1976, Sire offered a succinct definition of a worldview and cataloged in summary fashion seven basic worldview alternatives. Students, critics, new literature and continued reflection have led him to re-examine and refine his definition of a worldview. This companion volume to The Universe Next Door is the fruit of that effort. Here is an excellent resource for all who want to explore more deeply how and why worldview thinking can aid us in navigating our pluralistic universe.
Publishers Description What is a worldview? What lies behind your thoughts about almost everything? For more than thirty years, James W. Sire has grappled with this issue. In this book he offers readers his most mature thought on the concept of a worldview, addressing such questions as What is the history of the concept itself? What is the first question you should ask in formulating a worldview? How are worldviews formed existentially as well as intellectually? Is a worldview primarily an intellectual system, a way of life or a story? What are the public and private dimensions of a worldview? What role can worldview thinking play in assessing your own worldview and those of others, especially in light of the pluralism in today's world? In his widely used textbook The Universe Next Door, first published in 1976, Sire offered a succinct definition of a worldview and catalogued in summary fashion seven basic worldview alternatives. Students, critics, new literature and continued reflection have led him to reexamine and refine his definition of a worldview. This companion volume to The Universe Next Door is the fruit of that effort. Here is an excellent resource for exploring more deeply how and why worldview thinking can aid you in navigating your pluralistic universe.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2004
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 083082779X ISBN13 9780830827794
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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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You can deny it but we all have a worldview. Mar 7, 2006
It doesn't matter who you are, what your background is, or what your religion is. You have a worldview. You may not have specifically thought about it, you may not even realize it but you have one and it effects how you view events and then how you react to those events.
I have realized this for many years and have spoken to many people and I find it most interesting that those who have some of the most dogmatic worldviews refuse to believe that they have any worldviews at all.
Although there are many different worldviews I break them down into two main branches.
1 Ontologically Based Worldviews (Ontology precedes epistemology)
2 Epistemologically Based Worldviews. (Epistemology precedes ontology)
I had thought that I had been a original thinker many times wondering if I should write a book espousing my beliefs and illuminating the world into a new area of thought only to find out that it has already been done. Oh well, at least I can say that I am wholeheartedly endorse this book.
I don't want to have any plot spoilers here but it is well worth the ten bucks for the pure synaptic enjoyment and mental debates you will have. Kudos Mr. Sire for a job well done.
The Apologetic of Worldview Nov 30, 2004
Philosophy and theology is what is written about here. The two have always been interlinked by cultures.
Here Sire expands on his previous work "The Universe Next Door" where in the modern world of the religions being more universal in scope he presents his additional thinking on the subject.
Certainly this can be beneficial in several senses. First, for the Christian one can gain insight into the consistency of one's own worldview. What I mildly object to is the sense that one's behavior overall speaks of one's worldview. According to Romans 7, then this is impossible consistenly. Second and more importantly, apologetically speaking this is of value is helping Christians speak of worldview in case of discussing with other worldviews.
All this needs tempering with the Biblical truth that no one will be argued into the faith, either philosophically or worldview speaking. The Spirit must teach the truth or no penetration will succeed, no matter how good the worldview is.
He has good biographical sources cited, especially would this reviewer suggest Nancy Pearcy's book "Total Truth."
"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Jun 21, 2004
Matthew 5:48 "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.". It seems to me that this book correlates with the teachings of the Christian Scriptures and forces our minds to except the reality of following a being who is God our Father than a theoratical concept. I read this book not because of my interest in Philosophy and/or Worldviews only but because understanding Christ and His Scripture the Bible. This book created more thirst for the Knowledge of Christ; motivated me to read Scriptures more, and encouraged me to knowing and loving Christ personally (ontologically) through Bible Study, Prayer and Communion in Trinity.