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Understanding the Times

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Newly revised and updated with two more worldviews surveyed: Islam and Postmodernism! This book is a landmark guide to understanding the ideas and forces that are shaping our times. From Christianity to Islam to Humanism to Marxism to the New Age to Postmodernism, Understanding the Times provides Christians with a readable, comprehensive treatment of the most significant r ...more
Published December 3rd 2005 by Harvest House Publishers (first published 1991)
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John Yelverton
A fantastic read for high school students so that they are prepared for what awaits them when they reach college.
An excellent text on the world of ideas and their consequences. I got to spend a few days this summer listening to Dr. Noebel and can say first-hand that he thinks every claim through, is well-research, well-read, and a spectacular teacher. Doc and his work is probably the most influential in the discussion of worldviews.
Celeste Batchelor
This book is such an interesting subject, one of which I have never really thought about before. There is so much content that I learned, way too much to give a proper synopsis of it here. I will say this, it is a must read! The only reason I give it 4 out of 5 stars is because of the clearly biased voice of the author.

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This book explains WHY society in the US is changing from a Judeo-Christian worldview to a Humanist-Marxist worldview. I now understand so much more about the "why" an
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
Adam T Calvert
This is an excellent introduction to the prominent worldviews of today. The first edition published in 1991 was terrific, but this edition was updated to include three additional major worldviews (Islam, Cosmic Humanism, and Postmodernism). The book lays out the basic understandings of each worldview as they relate to ten major categories: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history.

Obviously it can't go in depth into all the variations wi
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
Finished! So far this has been fairly informative. I think there is more repetition than necessary, and I dont know if it needed to be broken up into so many different catagories, but it is interesting. I understand there is a newer edition that has a few more worldviews discussed, one being Islam~which I wouid have been interesting to read about. In this particular book I am most interested in the Marxist world view. It's amazing how twisted and dark it is. The author at the beginning states th ...more
This was my senior Bible class textbook in high school back in the late 90s. Even back then it was apparent that the author had a narrow view of what opinions all Christians have on a variety of political topics, and that he was demonizing caricatures of other viewpoints rather than explaining them then criticizing them.

I suppose it was helpful in making me more suspicious of published authors.
Rhett Kenny
One of the most influential books I've ever read just next to the Bible. I highly recommend it if you are someone searching for a solid apologetics foundation. Easy to read and packed full of valuable insight into our cultures religious prerogatives.......clearly an anti-God movement. Not for the faint of heart! Big thick heavy reading but worth it
I thought this book was a great source for learning about different worldviews, and I enjoyed getting that kind of knowledge. However, I just couldn't get past the author's blatant bias. I was annoyed with how he acted as though he was just going to teach readers what they need to know about the different worldviews, and then spent half the book arguing the worldviews.

In any case, if you plan on reading this book, I highly recommend going into it with the view that the writing it not purely--or
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
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
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
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
Karen Hardin
A little dated, but good solid book for use in teaching a biblical worldview. Recommend.
This is an excellent book which I highly recommended for homeschool curriculums - and adults beyond their school days. The author compares and contrasts leading worldviews, analyzing the views of each in a number of different disciplines. This book helps a Christian to have a Biblical worldview while living in a culture of competing worldviews.

Worldviews examined: Christianity, Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism-Leninism, Cosmic Humanism, and Post-Modernism.

Disciplines studied: Theology, Philosoph
Chris Comis
Not bad for a run-of-the-mill apologetics book. There is quite a bit in here to digest. Not a lot of depth, but a whole lot of breadth. This volume covers six different world-views and about 12 or 13 different world-view issues. Great for a high school apologetics class, but not challenging enough for college level. There was also quite the range of evangelical and reformed thinkers that contributed to this. The biggest let-down for me was that there was no section on education. It was touched o ...more
This is the best textbook I know of for explaining what a worldview is and what it means for all of life. It covers the subjects of theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history, explaining the differing views of these disciplines from the perspective of the six most prevelant worldviews of our day.
There are a number of typing-errors, and a few claims made without enough "back up", and I didn't agree with everything it said. Still, overall a
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 liked reading about all of the different world views and I learned a lot, especially about my own world view. I did not totally agree with the Christian world view, I know that sounds strange, but the author has some strange ideas about Christ, man and salvation that are not in line with the teachings of my faith so I was a little bit annoyed with his representation of christianity, which makes me wonder if the other world views would feel the same if they read the book, or if they would feel ...more
I liked this for what it is, but our scholars had a different opinion. They didn't care a lot for it because it had a bias towards Christianity (which they all are) and would have liked to have read less bias writings of the world views. It was a great jumping off point and brought them to a higher level of thinking. It was awesome. A great starting point for world views.
Fascinating. A very well thought out (although somewhat biased) and even a little humorous perspective on, well perspectives. Worldviews are interesting. Although it is sad to see the fleeting and unfulfilling things some people base there world around.
I did like the format. To be able to read all the worldviews on one topic before moving on.
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.
Besides the Bible, this has to be the most influential book I have ever read. Although I’ve grown up in a Christian home, the consolidation of six major worldviews impacting our modern world was vital in preparing me to logically and intellectually defend my faith. To me, this book is priceless.
This is a great book! I recommend it for anyone interested in Christian apologetics.
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.
Tracy Scott
Haven't read the updated version of this so I'm unaware of how it's changed, but loved it when I read it in the early 90's. Honestly, so many of the truths from it come back to me on a nearly weekly basis. I really should re-read it at some point.
Informative book about differing worldviews written with a thick pro-Christian bias. At times informative but nearly always propaganda. Main text for a bible/philosophy class at a Christian high school.
Wonderful book. Well research, well documented, and very informative. Noebel does a great job of taking a subject that can be tedious and making it easy to understand and apply.
Even better than the first edition with the added worldviews that are covered. A must read to understand the worldviews of 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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