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worldviews are then compared to biblical Christianity.
Published December 3rd 2005 by Harvest House Publishers (first published 1991)
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Understanding the Times by Dr. David Noebel
"More than ever before, much of what we hear or read is hostile toward Christian values and beliefs, yet often times we are not aware of it.

How can we determine which views and ideas are biblical and which aren't? Which side should we take on an issue? When it comes to addressing the latest problems of our day, we find that...

We want to take a stand, but aren't sure where.
We want to say what is right, but aren't sure how.
We want to take action, but aren...more
I mainly agree with this book and think there is alot of good information in it (I did read the whole thing). However, it is somewhat long and dry, and I think that is just too much effort for the "prize" of David Noebel's opinions. If you really want to know something about philosophy and "worldviews," go read original works and come to your own conclusions. Even if your conclusions are the same as Noebel's, it is better to come to them on your own, rather than through secondhand commentary on...more
I FINALLY finished this book.

If you have children, you should read this book and review its concepts with them before they leave home. To understand worldviews and the implications of having a fundamentally diverse outlook will incredibly aid a young and impressionable mind. The especially deceiving ones are currently in play at school and colleges and universities. Many of the proponents of the Humanist worldview are educators - they know they can make a significant impact in positing their be...more
This book is a study on worldviews compared to Christianity. I read & am reviewing the abridged edition containing materials on the following four worldviews:

1. Secular Humanism
2. Marxism
3. Cosmic Humanism (a.k.a. "New Age")
4. Christianity

This book was extremely valuable and (for me) a quick read. The main value of this book was the setting out of the main ideas and thinkers of each worldview. It provides an excellent overview of the major characteristics of each worldview and provides a bas...more
This is a power packed book (912 pages!) discussing at length humanism, Marxism and Christianity. The views of each 'religion' are contrasted in such areas as biology, law, sociology, etc.

It gets long in parts and I don't know that everyone will be interested in every subject discussed. It is seperated out easily to reference certain subjects. Very easy to read format. For those wanting in-depth study into marxism and humanism this is another excellant resource.

There is an unabridged version of...more
I started this book before Christmas and I had to keep plugging along until I finally finished it, but it was well worth it. I had never really thought much about other world views until this book. Being Christian, I figured everyone basically thought and felt the same as I did, but I was very wrong and this book was very enlightening. I recommend "Understanding the Times" to all who are part of humanity (which includes everyone of course :) I am so glad that I now better understand others' view...more
This guide through 4 major worldviews was very helpful to me. First, it made me realize how important world views are to our lives, who we are and how we act/react. Second, it made it obvious that the Christian Biblical worldview is the correct one. All the other worldviews show inconsistency and change depending on their whims. The Christian Biblical worldview is constant and reflects God's unchanging character. If you like this book, I would suggest also watching Focus on the Family's The Trut...more
I've reviewed this book and been to lectures on this subject. This book is something every parent should discuss with their children BEFORE they go to college. Unless they are attending a religious university, they will encounter these worldviews, that will go directly against everything you have probably been teaching them. GREAT BOOK.
A smorgasbord of world views put in proper perspective for those who claim to have a Biblical World view. Do you really? Best read this lest you embrace humanism, socialism, relativism, unbeknownst to your consciousness or your children's.
This is one of my favorites! I go to it all the time to check the angle the news is taking these days. Great book!
A must read to understand the Christian world view in our world today.
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Dr. David A. Noebel is founder and former president of Summit Ministries. Dr. Noebel has been a college professor, college president, and candidate for the U.S. Congress. Dr. Noebel has a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, a M.A. from the University of Tulsa, and was a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. He is an Author, Editor, Public Speaker, and Ordained Minister. He i...more
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