The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog (Google eBook)

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InterVarsity Press, Aug 20, 2009 - Religion - 293 pages
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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year! For more than thirty years, The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. In this new fifth edition James Sire offers additional student-friendly features to his concise, easily understood introductions to theism, deism, naturalism, Marxism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern monism, New Age philosophy and postmodernism. Included in this expanded format are a new chapter on Islam and informative sidebars throughout. The book continues to build on Sire's refined definition of worldviews from the fourth edition and includes other updates as well, keeping this standard text fresh and useful. In a world of ever-increasing diversity, The Universe Next Door offers a unique resource for understanding the variety of worldviews that compete with Christianity for the allegiance of minds and hearts. The Universe Next Door has been translated into over a dozen languages and has been used as a text at over one hundred colleges and universities in courses ranging from apologetics and world religions to history and English literature. Sire's Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept provides a useful companion volume for those desiring a more in-depth discussion of the nature of a worldview.
  

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A great introduction to worldviews. - Goodreads
It was not written in a way that was easy to read. - Goodreads
Great overview of prominent worldviews. - Goodreads
Fantastic introduction to various worldviews. - Goodreads
Best introduction to worldviews I know. - Goodreads
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Review: The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog

User Review  - Rod - Goodreads

This review focuses on the revised 5th Edition which adds a Chapter on Islam in addition to many revisions throughout the book. This book is been one of the most influential that I've ever read. Sire ... Read full review

Review: The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog

User Review  - Clayton Palmer - Goodreads

Excellent review over the main world views in play today. Despite some rather nasty comments from other readers I believe this work aptly addresses each worldview and further more describes the ... Read full review

Contents

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II
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III
25
IV
47
V
66
VI
94
VII
117
VIII
144
IX
166
X
214
XI
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XII
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XIII
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James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe. His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

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