By James W. Sire
Voted one in every of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the 12 months! For greater than thirty years, The Universe subsequent Door has set the traditional for a transparent, readable advent to worldviews. during this new 5th variation James Sire bargains extra student-friendly gains to his concise, simply understood introductions to theism, deism, naturalism, Marxism, nihilism, existentialism, jap monism, New Age philosophy and postmodernism. incorporated during this improved structure are a brand new bankruptcy on Islam and informative sidebars all through. The e-book maintains to construct on Sire's subtle definition of worldviews from the fourth variation and comprises different updates in addition, preserving this commonplace textual content clean and worthwhile. In an international of ever-increasing range, The Universe subsequent Door deals a distinct source for figuring out the diversity of worldviews that compete with Christianity for the allegiance of minds and hearts. The Universe subsequent Door has been translated into over a dozen languages and has been used as a textual content at over 100 schools and universities in classes starting from apologetics and global religions to background and English literature. Sire's Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept offers an invaluable significant other quantity for these wanting a better dialogue of the character of a worldview.
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37. 12 Helmut Thielicke, Nihilism, trans. John W. Doberstein (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1962), p. 110. 36 The Universe Next Door see themselves as a sort of midpoint—above the rest of creation (for God has given them dominion over it—Gen 1:28-30; Ps 8:6-8) and below God (for people are not autonomous, not on their own). This is then the ideal balanced human status. It is in failing to remain in that balance that our troubles arose, and the story of how that happened is very much a part of Christian theism.
H. MacKenzie (New York: Oxford University Press, 1967), p. 66. 21 Saul Bellow, Mr. : Fawcett, 1970), p. 216. Chapter 3 THE CLOCK WOR K UNI V ER SE D EIS M Say first, of God above or man below, What can we reason but from what we know? Of man what see we but his station here From which to reason, or to which refer? Through worlds unnumbered though the God be known, ’Tis ours to trace him only in our own. A l e x a n de r Pope , E s s ay on M a n If theism lasted so long, what could possibly have happened to under- mine it?
God is constantly involved in the unfolding pattern of the ongoing operation of the universe. And so are we human beings! The course of the world’s operation is open to reordering by either. So we find it dramatically reordered in the Fall. Adam and Eve made a choice that had tremendous significance. But God made another choice in redeeming people through Christ. The world’s operation is also reordered by our continued activity after the Fall. Each action of each of us, each decision to pursue one course rather than another, changes or rather “produces” the future.