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Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This World

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Everyone has a worldview. How did we get it? How is it formed? Is it possible by persuasion and logic to change one's worldview?

In Rethinking Worldview, writer and worldview teacher J. Mark Bertrand has a threefold aim. First, he seeks to capture a more complex, nuanced appreciation of what worldviews really are. Then he situates worldviews in the larger context of a lived
Paperback, 255 pages
Published October 5th 2007 by Crossway Books
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Jan 16, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
"There is no such thing as a Christian worldview." Really? Really. This was a very good book. A much needed corrective for the Church's popular understanding of the Christian worldview. > Yes there is a Christian worldview! But not in the way we normally conceive of it. Rethinking worldview seeks to put the "Christian worldview" in it's proper perspective and place in the believers life. Calling us to pursue the "mind of Christ" above all.
Timothy Darling
Rethinking Worldview is a good reintroduction to the concept as it was broached in the last century. If, in fact, as Bertrand says, the idea of worldview has fallen out of fashion, it is with a certain cynical self-superiority that such a position can be espoused. How can any of us say that we do not have some kind of internal and guiding view of the world? How can we claim that it does not have some unity with the culture around us, bearing the marks of the influence of others? Thus, Bertrand's ...more
Jason Leonard
Feb 02, 2013 Jason Leonard rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
As I flip back through this book, I'm surprised at how much I've underlined and marked up. There are a number of great sentences, quotes, and ideas here... but they are put together in a work which is just too big for itself.

In the epilogue, Bertrand comments on the "hole" in his thinking. I was scratching my head trying to really think of the coherent argument presented. I looked at the TOC and jogged my memory but the collection of arguments and ideas never really formulated into any sort of
Aug 27, 2011 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
This was a big disappointment. I love worldview-thinking, and I had high hopes for this one based on the fact that author is a novelist and that Crossway was the publisher. Had the book been billed as a worldview introduction for youth, I would have less basis to be disappointed.

The book is very basic, and consciously, or unconsciously it was written for Bertrand's typical high school age audience. It is apparent that Bertrand is a good writer. His section on the fall of Constantinople was parti
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Nov 29, 2014 GarnerGoingsOn Library rated it it was amazing
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Pulled together all of my reading on worldview and provided a meaningful framework for moving forward.

The chapter on the fall of Constantinople was inspired, and his working through of Francis Schaeffer's comments on the Trinity gave me lots to chew on.

Many have posted that they were "disappointed" by this book. I found it very helpful to learn how to take a study that can be very heady and disconnected from human relations, and make it very personal for my own faith, and for discussing it wit
John Alsdorf
Feb 23, 2016 John Alsdorf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to read and respond

I come away with a new and profound respect for the place of one's worldview as the foundation (The Foundation) for all of life. If "the unexamined life is not worth living," it's at the level of worldview that one must examine it.
I've already started a first draft of examining mine.
Dec 04, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chris by: Baptist Bible College
Bertrand is a gifted writer. This book is hard to categorize. It blends reformed theology, presuppositional apologetics, and a love for the arts that I have not seen elsewhere. Some parts did leave me scratching my head, but from what I think I've learned about Bertrand, that may have been the point.
Kyle Keating
Aug 21, 2013 Kyle Keating rated it really liked it
A really constructive and balanced contribution to worldview. It's biggest weaknesses, self-admittedly, are its breadth (Bertrand is trying to cover so much that he has to sacrifice depth in many places) and its short-changing of the role of worship. Overall, a really worthwhile read.
Aug 27, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
Challenging read. A bit abstract, but fundamental to someone who wants to develop a solid Christian worldview.
Sep 05, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
A stretch for me, I admit, in terms of understanding. But worth reading to get to the end where he talks about art and worship. Causes one to worship a great God.
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Sep 28, 2015 Mark Lindahl rated it it was amazing
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Concise treatment of some large topics. Well written. I believe the author accomplished what he intended. I will read it again to better incorporate the concepts.
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J. Mark Bertrand is the author of Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and Nothing to Hide, crime novels featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and lived in the city for fifteen years. After one hurricane too many, he and his wife moved to South Dakota.
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“Those two little words -- says you -- are the most powerful argument in any discipline: theology, philosphy, even domestic harmony. They are powerful because they are true. Whenever you say something, it is you who says it. You. And what do you know?” 5 likes
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