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Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview

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In this brief and straightforward examination of Christians' basic beliefs, Albert M. Wolters spells out the structure of a reformational worldview and its significance for those who seek to follow the Scriptures. Wolters begins by defining the nature and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from philosophy or theology, and noting that the Christian community has advanc ...more
Paperback, 155 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by Eerdmans (first published January 1st 1985)
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Randy Alcorn
Several years ago, while researching the New Earth for my book Heaven, I stumbled online upon Creation Regained. I ordered it based on its title alone (which often proves to be a big mistake). From its opening chapter on worldview, I knew I had discovered a treasure. As I read what Al Wolters had to say about creation, fall and redemption, I found myself repeatedly exclaiming “Yes!”

Until then, I had read only a few other books that resonated with the vast redemptive scope of Matthew 19:28, Acts
Brian Collins
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Basic to Wolters' argument is that all people function with a comprehensive worldview that covers every aspect of life. If a person's worldview ought to be shaped by Scripture, then Scripture must speak to every area of life. In other words, since worldviews are comprehensive, Scripture's authority and scope must be comprehensive as well. In the remainder of the book Wolters sketches what a comprehensive Christian worldview looks like.

The Christian worldview is summarized under the catego
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Two themes that stuck with me:

First, this book gives the proper questions for interpreting culture. "What about this is structural?" and "What about this is directional?" I have found these to be among the most important questions I've learned to ask in discerning culture.

Second, Wolters explains God's redemption cosmically. "God does not create junk, and God does not junk His creation."

With these two themes in hand, I walked away from the book thinking much more broadly about my calling to be
Kevin McClain
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life; God used it to speak the Gospel to me afresh.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Not especially compelling, although some helpful points. Read for teaching purposes.
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Through the lens of the Gospel, Wolters examines the concept of a worldview. In the first chapter, Wolters previews the topic and discusses the concept and implications of a worldview. The writer answers these and many other questions in the first chapter: What is a worldview? Why is a worldview important? Who has a worldview? Having established these foundational concepts, the following three chapters serve as a guide for a Christian worldview. Wolters uses these chapters (2-4) as the basis of ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the tradition of Kuyper, Vollenhoven, and Dooyeweerd, Albert Wolters seeks to describe the framework for a Christian "reformational" approach to the redemption and restoration of the all areas of human life through the power of the Gospel in Jesus Christ. There are two fundamental principles of this often-called "neo-calvinist" position. The first is the rejection of a nature-grace dualism. The natural, created world (pre-lapsarian) has its own integrity. It is inherently good, not good due t ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
“Because of their two-realm theory (seeing all things as either “sacred” or “secular”), Christians have themselves to blame for the rapid secularization of the West.

If political, industrial, artistic, and journalistic life, to mention only these areas, are branded as essentially ‘worldly,’ ‘secular,’ and part of the natural domain of ‘creaturely life,’ then is it surprising that Christians have not more effectively stemmed the tide of humanism in our culture?” -pg 54

Excellent, scholarly, philoso
Phillip Nash
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book that takes a fresh approach to the idea of a Biblical world view - a term that has some problems with it. Wolters more theologically oriented approach is much more helpful in laying out a framework for Christians to engage in redemptive restoration. His use of Structure and Direction are very thought provoking as a means of understanding that the earth is the Lords yet sin has spoiled what God declared good. An essential read for anyone involved in Christian schooling but pro ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though written in a rather scholarly tone, this book is a gem. There were a few views espoused that I would disagree with, but overall, I did a good bit of underlining and "amen"ing in the margins. Reading it was hard work, but it was worth it in the end. Books like that always have such interesting and unique insights. I wish these types of books could be written in a less dry way so as to be more accessible to laypeople.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
one of the best I've read
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
As early as the first paragraph Wolters states the purpose of this book, namely “…an attempt to spell out the content of a biblical worldview and its significance for our lives as we seek to be obedient to the Scriptures”. He clearly defines worldview as “…the comprehensive framework of one’s basic belief about things”. It is belief that plays a decisive factor in all of our lives. The main subject of the book is that the “…Scriptures speaks centrally to everything in our life and world”, and th ...more
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This short book was assigned by my school's leadership as professional development to all the staff. I've read ahead and finished. It's a helpful read. It does fall prey to what I find in most treatises on Christian worldview of any flavor, trying to hand a finished ideological product to the reader without furnishing the essential foundations to such a product. It has been interesting to hear the questions coming from colleagues who wonder how the author reaches his conclusions because he summa ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was another book I originally read in college that was fairly influential in the maturation of my worldview (not surprisingly, since it's a book about worldview). It's a bit of a dry read, but the concepts in it are really useful, with a lot of potential for application in all of life (which is kind of the point). I wish there was a simplified version of this book to recommend to newer believers or those without an academic background, as I would be hesitant to recommend this particular boo ...more
Samuel Kassing
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fairly academic book. Particularly the chapter on creation. Wolters does a good job of laying out the foundation of a Christian worldview. His categories of "structure" and "direction" are helpful in handling God's good creation with wisdom and maturity. This is probably the best, shorter, treatment on the negative affects of the sacred secular divide that I've encountered.
Kyle McManamy
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: church-theology
Accessible and deep - establishes a great articulation of the difference made by a worldview understanding Creation/Fall/Redemption/Glory categories. I recommend this.
Laurent Dv
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Good intro to he christian worldview from a redempto-historic point of view : creation, fall and redemption. It would be best if a discussion on consummation was included.
Cali Bakker
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: textbooks
The topic was interesting but I did not enjoy reading the book. The author's tone came across extremely patronizing.
Patrick Russo
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best primer on Christian worldview.
Zach McDonald
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: worldview
Exceptionally written and articulated. Don't agree with every application but this is a very important book that I would reread again in the future.
Anggun Huang
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is really for students who are learning theology.
Amanda Kieffer
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent! Every Christian should read this book. Provides a great explanation of Biblical Worldview and the importance of a solid doctrine of Creation.
Timothy Darling
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Philosophy is scary to many people. It conjures images of men in togas talking endlessly in odd tones about esoteric things ... in circles probably, it's hard to tell. As I told my philosophy professor, "people become philosophers so nobody can tell them they're wrong." What philosophy accomplishes if it is done well is to help a person recognize and be able to consciously observe their own world view: What is? How do we know? What should we do?

This book helps along those lines for the thoughtfu
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Peter by: Loz
Shelves: theology

If you are a Christian, then read this book!

Does exactly what it says on the tin: regains creation or rather lays down basic lines of the scriptural paradigm that facilitate redemptive thinking and reasoning.

Mr. Wolters extends , biblically, the idea of creation from merely nice natural stuff around us into the the human condition itself, our ontology and the affairs of everyday life. He calls this 'structure', the way you approach this dictates and denotes direction, or which side of the spirit
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good, but fairly academic description of Christian worldview foundations. Wolters is especially helpful in his insistence that the Gospel is meant to impact every part of someone's life rather than merely impacting a compartmentalized religious segment. His description of the world as both structure (good creational foundation) and direction (movement from creational foundation toward the depravity of the fall or the glory of redemption) is further helpful in dealing maturely and faithfully wi ...more
The point of this book is to provide a Christian world-view. Christians look at the world through the grand narrative of Creation-Fall-Redemption-New Creation. An epilogue to the latest edition answers some questions people asked about the original (what about the Old Testament, how does that fit?).

A few random, not-really-review, thoughts:

When I think of "Reformational" today I think of the churches, groups, pastors and scholars who can be described as the "New Calvinism" or the "Young, Restles
Daniel Anderson
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Creation Regained is a must read for anyone wishing to engage culture with a Biblical worldview. Wolters' structure and direction formula I found to be very helpful in re-evaluating the questions that we ask in regards to various cultural issues. This formula Wolters' admits may not give immediate answers to the questions, but does provide a way of seeking out solutions via a Biblical map and starting point.
There were two areas I felt the author to be week: 1) His natural/mosaic law distinction
Seth Holler
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-five-star
After Chapter 1: I don't care for the term "worldview," but Wolters defines it clearly and coherently. Unlike Ostrander and Sire's books for freshmen, this one is aimed at the author's colleagues.

After finishing: My appreciation for this book has deepened. Wolters is humane in the best sense of the word, gentle to his opponents, careful and consistent in his claims, sensitive to fine distinctions of language (usually), and humble about his own abilities. The discussion of "creation law," the ela
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture
This was a really great book!

I thought Wolters did a wonderful job confronting the dualistic Platonism present in modern Christianity. Wolters argues for a breaking down of the so called "Secular/Sacred" divide. He does this by framing his argument in terms of "Creation", "Fall" & "Redemption". In doing so we see that there is nothing that God has made in all of creation (structure), including institutions and emotions, that he does not deem "good". Then we see that there is consequently not
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