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Understanding The Times – book review

Subtitle: The Religeous Worldviews of our day and the Search For Truth

*please note that I am reviewing the Fifth printing, published in 2001. There has been at least one update since then, and I believe they changed the number of major world views reviewed.*

I hardly know where to begin, there’s so much information in this book. It covers ten major areas of thought that define a person’s worldview (Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics, and History), and explains how each of four major world views (Secular Humanism, Marxism/Leninism, Cosmic Humanism, and Biblical Christianity) define and relate to each of these areas.
With over 400 pages, this book is not a quick read. It requires thought and focus, because it discusses very thought-provoking topics. That said, every Christian should read it. Understanding where Biblical Christianity stands on these 10 topics, and contrasting that with the other Humanistic Worldviews really helped to ground my faith and has given me a better foothold when sharing with others.
One of my favorite things about this book is its layout. Rather than presenting a wrong Humanistic belief and immediately refuting it, the book presents each worldview individually, using the writings of leaders of each group almost exclusively. Because of this, I found it easier to understand each worldview for what it is, instead of simply that it’s wrong.

If you feel you have a good handle on Biblical Christianity, read this book. Not only will it solidify your beliefs, but you’ll also have a better understanding of the beliefs of others.
If you’re not sure what to believe, read this book. It presents these four major worldviews very honestly and encourages you to make an educated choice.
If you find yourself anywhere in between, read this book. It will help you to define what you do believe and will help you to understand what others around you believe.

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