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How Now Shall We Live?

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2000 Gold Medallion Award winner!
Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that answers life's basic questions and shows us how we should live as a result of those answers. How Now Shall We Live? equips Christians to confront false worldviews and live redemptively in contemporary culture.

Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 10th 2000 by Zondervan (first published September 1st 1999)
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I have to admit that I was disappointed in this book. While some parts were riveting, other aspects of the theology taught were sorely lacking. Probably the worst part was how he kept referring to Roman Catholics as "Christians" and quoting Pope Jean Paul. Other elements included a more "social gospel" feel than I think is warranted, endorsement of public schools, a weird take on the Big Bang, and a very evidential perspective on epistemology and apologetics, as well as several other schizophren ...more
Bill MacDonald
This book sat on my shelves for nearly ten years before I finally read it. I should have read it sooner! It is an excellent commentary on the nature of the worldview conflicts that engage our nation even now. If you want to have some help understanding how issues of the day can be viewed through the lens of the Bible, read this book. If you want to engage more knowledgeably with the world around you, read this book. If you want ideas about how to live your life intentionally in light of creation ...more
Elgin Jr.
Colson has a excellent presentation of the state of the conflict of worldviews and role Christians plays and what it has to offer. His main these is that Christianity has the best answers for the human condition. Written primarily to fellow Christians, note the “We” in the title, those with differing world views will probably not find it persuasive, but they will find the Christian worldview clearly set forth, with a broad survey of the evidence for it, without getting lost in all the technicali ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
I should point out to begin with, that this book is aimed at Christians as the target audience.

I was introduced to this book when I attended a C.S. Lewis retreat. The book that was recommended was Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey who is the co-author of this book. This was also recommended along with that book.

This book deals with the concept of the Christian worldview. It definitely takes the stance from "This Little Light of mine" which says "Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine." T
Marja Meijers
This was not an easy book to read for me, because English is my second language and Colson uses a lot of difficult words. But with a dictionary at hand I wrestled through the pages... what an amazing insights! I LOVE this book, it explains why a Christian worldview is so important and why we should stop hiding in our churches. A must read if you are interested in apologetics.
Rhya Moffitt
Obviously not a novel, but it's pretty boss. My faith was completely reaffirmed. All the evidence and examples are superb. Read it. Essential for Christians and Agnostics and Skeptics . . . basically everyone.
This book is blowing me away! Great insight into why and how our postmodern culture has come about. A must read for concerned citizens and the next generation of Christian leaders.
Andrea Santos
A very definite break down of almost every aspects of Western life with inspiring examples of how Christ can transform people, cities, communities and potentially nations. While I didn't quite agree with all of Colson's views (his anti-welfare stance was puzzling for me as a liberal Christian), over all this work creates awe for the work of the Lord and encouragement in the area of how Christians can apply their beliefs to help change the world. The examples of different Christian projects, indi ...more
Thomas A Wiebe

By the time Charles Colson got out of prison, having been convicted for acts of political skullduggery during the Watergate scandal, he had converted to Evangelical Christianity. This book was his best-seller, an homage to Francis Schaeffer, the presuppositional millenialist who in the 1970's left the quiet life of a Christian intellectual to help lead the evangelicals to the heights of political activism we see today in the U.S. Presuppositionalists can be recognized by their severe overuse of

Matt Skains
One of the most comprehensive books about approaching life I have ever read. Colston sets out to discuss the Christian worldview - not necessarily religion - and covers a tremendous amount of ground when doing so.

The book can be shoddily be summed up as an in-depth look at how a person's/society's view of 3 things (creation, fall and redemption) shape their reaction to most every decision and action in life. From our politics to parenting to pop culture, Colston takes time to explain how the Chr
"Recorded on September 12, 2001, this audio presentation has a frightening immediacy and an honest reality. In it Colson defined a course of biblical action, quoting the "Just War Doctrine" developed by St. Augustine in the Fourth century."

I gave it a five star rating for its historicity. And am going to keep it to give to the family. These days history gets rewritten so easily that I would like my family to have some facts and truth for the future.
Wendi Klaiber
My husband asked me to read this book at Christmas, as a gift to him. This is a gift that lasted for eight that's a great gift!

Chuck Colson presents in-depth logic and reasoning behind the Christian worldview as it relates to many aspects of our culture. My biggest take-away is that I need to be well-equipped to defend and live my beliefs boldly in such a way that is intellectual, well-reasoned, and compassionate. I really enjoyed the stories that he shared of others modeling the Ch
Much better than I expected. As a Democrat, I read this as a counterpoint to my inherent views and found that I liked it quite a bit. Colson is a very good writer, and the book is engaging. While I didn't agree with everything he said, he makes some very good arguments in places, and the book should make you think, regardless of your predilections.
Donald Smith
If you are looking for a book that is relevant, thorough and challenging; this is for you. Charles Colson does a wonderful job of laying out the struggles of our culture and how we as Christians should respond. Very engaging!
Colson has so many great things to say, but I really didn't think the book was particularly well-written. If I were to lend it to a friend, I might even just mark certain pages or chapters for them to read. Too much of the book was seemingly dumbed down or was dated. Is Colson's target audience, evangelical Christians, really that intellectually weak? Since C. S. Lewis wrote his books, an inevitable comparison in my mind as I read, have we really allowed ourselves such mental atrophy? I really e ...more
Priscila Wilke
Oct 22, 2011 Priscila Wilke rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends, family, educators
Recommended to Priscila by: My husband
I am taking my time to read this book. It is a book I recommend for open minds that seek to know and learn what to be a Christian mean in our society today. As an observer of different cultures, we all are targeted with the thought of "I do whatever makes me feel good", which is the current motto we hear everywhere. When it comes how to live today, how to be a real Christian from inside to outside, there is no difference of customs, habits or race. We should be one in one thought and one purpose ...more
Francis Gahren
"How Now Shall We Live" was the heart cry of a people who lived during the Jewish exile from the Promised Land, yet it is no less the unspoken prayer of the faithful today. As Chuck Colson puts it, "We live in a culture that is at best morally indifferent ... in which Judeo-Christian values are mocked ... in which violence, banality, meanness, and disintegrating personal behavior are destroying civility and endangering the very life of our communities." It is no small wonder that Colson--the fou ...more
I read the Adult Edition, text for course CG-0555 in the study area Personal Life in the Christian Growth Study Plan ISBN:076733177X. It was interesting but difficult for my level of understanding. In the back of the text it recommended reading entire book, Titled the same. The text uses excerpts from the book and provides probing questions to provide a more active reading of the textbook style book.

I have both in my library. For the quick reference or topical study I use the paperback text. For
I have read quite a few of the Christian worldview books and this one is one of the best. It is kind of a modern follow-up to Francis Schaeffer's How Then Should We Live. Colson and Pearcey set up the book using the Creation - Fall - Redemption - Restoration model. They have very interesting true life stories to introduce each section. They also bring in the relative historical philosophy that helps explain where and why we are in this postmodern age. Ideas are given to help Christians think thr ...more
Addressing contemporary cultural and philosophical issues, Colson and Pearcey attempt to demonstrate the completeness – as a “total life system” – of the Christian worldview. Using the three-fold paradigm of “creation-fall-redemption,” the authors analyze competing worldviews (especially naturalism and postmodernism) and illustrate their effects on morality and culture. As Christians, we have a “cultural mandate” to influence and even redeem the culture in which we live. A very useful and timel ...more
Tamara  Sinnamon
Wow! I loved it! Amazingly written, great answers to life's most probing questions.
Charles Colson is a recently discovered author for me, the only other book I've read by him is "Loving God" which was also great.
I'm glad I read it, and strongly encourage everyone to look into it.
OK, OK, I give! I've been trying to finish this book for over a year. I really like it and it has some wonderful content, but it might be just a bit heavy for me right now. I'm putting it back on my bookshelf unfinished, and I'm giving it 4 stars. Chuck Colson died recently, and I sincerely admire him as a person. He left a wonderful legacy that he built on the strength of his faith and repentance.

I'll finish this someday when I'm in a more studious mood.
Every one of us have a worldview. As a Christian, it's important that I understand my worldview and how it determines my place in this world and the society I live and participate in. Often a person can think they know what their worldview is only to find they behave in a way contrary to the worldview they want to have, just because society raised them that way. This book helps Christians navigate all of this brilliantly. It's challenging but so important.
Aug 08, 2008 Emily is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
I've been reading on this one a while, but it is a very thought-provoking book rather than a quick read. Our culture is such that we must ground our worldview on the foundation of scripture -- and live it out -- but without sticking our heads in the sand, ignoring the beliefs of those around us. I want to be able to talk to my children about why we believe what we believe, why it works in the world, and why it is THE Truth and not a fairytale.
Brent Barnard
The best book on Christian worldview, period. Just as an illustration, I often have up to 100 books checked out of the Dallas Public Library at a time, without ever buying any of them, but I just had to own this book -- it's so full of insight about how our culture sees the world as opposed to how Christians should see the world. And it's a page turner! It's hard to put down! What an author!
Obviously influenced by Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live (which is a good thing), I found this book to be a little too text book-ish for a book study, although I have found myself recommending people to read particular chapters. I once owned a video series that corresponded to the book and I remember it being informative and entertaining, although it's probably very dated by now.
I LOVED this book. Chuck Colson was an amazing man. This is such a great book with a lot of relevant history, apologetic information, and worldview understandings. It gives applicable information that can inform your life. His writing style is professional and engaging. I loved keeping my dictionary close by and learning new words, yet not having comprehension issues. Wonderful book!
I've never learned so much valuable information from a textbook as I did from this one. Colson did an awesome job of giving detailed, yet understandable, snapshots of varying worldviews and how Christianity is the only worldview that answers all of life's questions. Although we only read about 4/5 of it for Worldview class, I plan on reading it again later. Great book.
How Now Shall We Live is a Christian apologetic; it especially compares Chrisitanity with postmodernism and scientism. While it is a long book, it reads very easily. The book is probably most helpful to two groups: high school or college students who are facing challenges to their beliefs and new Christians who have not been raised with a Christian worldview. ...more
Bill G
Oct 12, 2007 Bill G rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to know the truth about evolution
This book showed me the light on the truth behind the history of evolution and its "creators."
What really went on behind the scenes. Its talk on naturalism was great too. Written by an intellegent man this isn't just some run of the mill anit evolutionary book. It is written so those who want to know the truth, can and will find it.
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