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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
Mike Tsui
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, theology
可能因為年紀大了... 變得沒耐心讀太硬的書... 很久沒能靜心看完一本信仰or哲學相關的書,常常翻個幾頁就看不下去...






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.
Paul S. Finch
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful book about biblical WV

This is a must read for all believers, a primer regarding worldview and Gospel. Study it with a group of people serious about radical, loving Gospel infiltration of the world, starting at home.
Harlindo de Souza
Um excelente, e clássico, livro introdutório ao tema da Cosmovisão cristã. Recomendadíssimo para todos os níveis de entendimento bíblico e teológico.
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.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A good, but long book. Probably better summarized in a few tweets rather than an entire book.
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.
Natalyn Chamberlain
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a book I had to read in college. Although it was forced reading, this book was enjoyable.
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

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
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“Christians should actively engage in efforts to make every societal institution assume its own responsibility, warding off the interference of others. That, too, is participation in the restoration of creation and the coming of the kingdom of God.” 0 likes
“When we read Christ's words "my kingdom is not of this world," many of us are inclined to understand it as an argument against Christian involvement in politics, for example. Instead, Jesus was saying that his kingship does non arise out of (Greek: ek) the perverted earth but derives from heaven.” 0 likes
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