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Overview According to Josh McDowell, our children are being raised in a society that has largely rejected the concepts of truth and morality. In Right From Wrong, McDowell offers hope and provides families and the church with a sound, thorough, biblical and workable method to clearly understand and defend the truth.
According to Josh McDowell, our children are being raised in a society that has largely rejected the concepts of truth and morality. In "Right From Wrong," McDowell offers hope and provides families and the church with a sound, thorough, biblical and workable method to clearly understand and defend the truth.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1996
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Christian Living
ISBN 0849936047 ISBN13 9780849936043 UPC 020049036044
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More About Josh McDowell
An internationally known speaker and author. He is most often connected with Campus Crusade for Christ - having spoken to more than ten million people in at least 84 countries and 700 university & college campuses.
Josh McDowell currently resides in Julian Dallas, in the state of California.
Josh McDowell has published or released items in the following series...
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A Must Read for Christian Parents May 3, 2005
In 'Right From Wrong' Josh McDowell analyzes how the current generation of youth has lost a Biblically based value system and provides helpful advice to parents, pastors, youth workers, etc.
This work was based upon a major study that was conducted on 3,795 'evangelical churched youth'. In many cases the results are quite shocking.
The bottom line is that even Christian young people today don't perceive an objective standard of morality. Instead, they tend to view such standards as based upon individual preferences, much as the culture in general does.
McDowell analyzes the forces that have influenced this shift going back to its roots at the end of the middle ages. He tracks the changes through the past century including influences by the media, public schools, etc. One of the main findings is that the changes in family structures, particularly the amounts of time that parents spend with their children since the end of WWII has created huge changes.
This is a book that all Christian parents should read if they are concerned about passing their values on to the next generation.
Right and Wrong according to God and Man Mar 17, 2005
This book is based on a Churched Youth Survey performed in 1994 involving 3,795 youth from thirteen denominations. The eight-page survey questionnaire included 193 questions spread across four categories: Love and Sex; Marriage and Family; Faith and Religion; and Attitudes and Lifestyles. While there is no statistical weighting of the data, the results are weighted according to the responsiveness of the denomination's churches, which the authors' believe reflects a good cross-section of evangelical churches.
A discussion of truth proceeds from the halls of history beginning in "the Garden of Eden, when the serpent induced our first parents to trust their own reason instead of simply obeying God's command" up to this present day. In the Renaissance, man (not God) became central, the Enlightenment found man's reason to be transcendent, the Industrial Revolution caused man to think of himself as self-sufficient, and Darwin's theory of evolution provided an alternative to a theistic understanding of origins. "God was no longer `needed' to explain or understand how the worldand mancame to be." The result is that man believes himself "free to reach his own conclusions about right and wrong independent of God and His decrees."
Truth as God defines it in Scripture is radically different from what many define truth to be today. "Absolute truththat is, that which is true for all people, for all times, for all places" is no longer consistently believed, defended, and applied in the lives of people. This book examines why this crisis exists in each of these three areas in detail.
Be aware that realistic, hard-hitting anecdotes provide illustrative examples of the topics discussed. While many are fictional and some are drawn from factual personal experience, the authors' selections of these accounts are true-to-life and some readers may find them disturbing.
This volume also offers chapters which deal with truth as it specifically relates to sex, honesty, family, love, justice, mercy, respect, and self-control. Truth is defined for each topic, a test for truth is given, and evidence for that truth. A full chapter is dedicated to recovering truth in the home, church, and community.
In addition, data from the survey upon which this text was written are included in tables with summary statements and comprise the latter third of the book. Following is a section of additional resources for adults as well as youth. Included are listings of ministries that can also be enlisted to help.
While providing specific information and instruction to parents and Christian leaders, this book is also valuable to all those who want to understand why and how biblical truth has become irrelevant to people today. For this reason, steps are given which can be taken to restore belief in absolute truth in the lives of all people of all ages in this generation.
Reviewed by D. Garland.
A fundamentalist christian masquerade Mar 5, 2004
I've just finished the book recommended by a friend. I found it to be nothing more than a platform for the author's very christian conservative views. I absolutely do not agree with the author's statement, "our children are being raised in a society that has largely rejected the concepts of truth and morality". No way. Our children are being raised by parents and peers as they have been for thousands of years. We are responsible for their upbringing, not society. And we need to teach them religious tolerance. Not the type of venomous hatred this author seeps into his narratives.
Wonder if this book is necessary? Feb 5, 2003
Wonder if this book is necessary? Ask a group of young people, (or for that matter a group of adults), this question: "Is truth something you determine for yourself or something that exists outside yourself?" I am shocked how many people believe that truth is situational. I fear that the prevelance of this type of moral relativism--this myth that each of us can be our own god--is the among the most critical challenges our shrinking world faces.
McDowell should stick more closely to matters of faith... Jun 5, 2002
When McDowell honestly sticks to matters of faith, he does a little better, but here he falls into his regular pattern of sneaking in right-wing conservative opinions and presenting them as "Christian" values. Granted, our children need more guidance, and they need to learn right from wrong, but McDowell's opinions and interpretations might tend to mislead rather than enlighten. In fact, they can tend to foster and contribute to the religious hypocrisy, religious bigotry, intolerance, prejudice and divisiveness out there. He conveniently forgets or ignores some of the most the essential teachings of Jesus, and he seems to be oblivious to the fact that Jesus would actually be an advocate for many of the things and many of the people that McDowell hates. I'm sure he means well, but his views reveal that he has been heavily indoctrinated by ideas that have more to do with right-wing conservative politics than with true Christianity.