The book I highlighted last Friday concludes with an annotated bibliography:
Douglas S. Huffman and Philip E. Lueck. “For the Biblical Worldview on Academic Disciplines.” Pages 171–223 in Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart. Edited by Douglas S. Huffman. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2011.
The first part is entitled “General Reading on the Biblical Worldview” (pp. 172–76), and Kregel gave me permission to share it here. They explain, “The books we mark as classics in their fields (‡) need not represent what we think is the best perspective. Our goal for this bibliography is to encourage interactive reflection on the biblical worldview and not merely to list books we agree with.”
A seminar leader on Christian worldview, Bertrand covers worldview as the story of creation, fall, and redemption (part 1). He focuses on wisdom (part 2) and witness (part 3) as essential for intentional living, including treatments on critical reading, apologetics, and cultural contribution.
‡ Clark, Gordon Haddon. A Christian View of Men and Things. The Payton Lectures. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1952.
In this introduction to philosophy, Clark proposes that Scripture have first place in all disciplines and argues that Christianity alone has the best access to the truth in every endeavor.
Cosgrove, Mark P. Foundations of Christian Thought: Faith, Learning, and the Christian Worldview. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006.
An excellent introduction to the concept of a worldview and how one’s worldview affects living, this volume is in the vein of Nash’s 1992 book. Separate chapters argue against naturalism, secular humanism, atheistic existentialism, pantheism, and the New Age movement. A brief treatment of the Christian view of suffering is included.
The “crossroads” in the title are the intersection of Scripture with our postmodern culture. Christians live within two stories but must remain faithful to the one biblical story as central to the Christian worldview. The final chapter looks at politics, business, art, sports, scholarship, and education.
Harris, Robert A. The Integration of Faith and Learning: A Worldview Approach. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2004.
Written for the Christian college student, this book focuses on the necessity for integration of faith and learning, not because integration is unnatural but because the culture in general—and academia in specific—has been actively disconnecting Christian knowledge from other knowledge. Chapters discuss epistemology, worldview thinking, the difference between science and scientism, postmodernism, and the Christian worldview.
‡Heslam, Peter S. Creating a Christian Worldview: Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
Dutch philosopher, theologian, statesman, and politician Abraham Kuyper delivered lectures in 1898 at Princeton Theological Seminary outlining Calvinism as the prime example of a proper view of the world. Heslam sets forth an analysis of Kuyper’s classic lectures. See also the lectures themselves in Abraham Kuyper, Lectures on Calvinism: Six Lectures from the Stone Foundation Lectures Delivered at Princeton University (Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace, 2009).
Hiebert moves from defining worldview to evaluating worldviews to describing general worldviews to using worldview as a tool in communicating the gospel message. Some would describe this volume as a cumulative capstone of Hiebert’s productive work in missiological anthropology. He humbly offers his perspective in “Toward a Biblical Worldview” (chapter 10).
Kennedy, D. James, and Jerry Newcombe. Lord of All: Developing a Christian World-and-Life View. Wheaton: Crossway, 2005.
Asserting Christ’s sovereignty over all of life, the authors examine what it takes to “Christianize” each of six spheres of life: the world, humanity, the nation, the school, the church, and the family. The book reads pastorally—both communicating information and suggesting action—and intends to help foster in its readers a biblically informed and functioning Christian worldview.
MacArthur, John, ed. Think Biblically! Recovering a Christian Worldview. Wheaton: Crossway, 2003.
These essays from Master’s College faculty covers foundational issues for recovering a biblical worldview and formulations of the biblical worldview on particular issues. Essays in part 1 address such topics as the authority of Scripture, a biblical mindset, creation, sin, and relationship with God. Essays in part 2 address topics like postmodernism, gender roles, worship and music, counseling, science, education, history, politics, economics, and artistic culture.
‡Nash, Ronald H. Worldviews in Conflict: Choosing Christianity in a World of Ideas. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
This is a classic introduction to the concept of worldview, the components of worldview, and the testing of worldviews. With a somewhat philosophical approach, Nash discusses naturalism and New Age as examples of worldviews in conflict with Christian worldview.
Naugle offers a study of the background and nature of worldview thinking, both philosophically and theologically. He traces the influence of important Christian thinkers on this concept and its philosophical history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including discussion of some specific disciplines. Naugle offers a Christian view of worldview (chapter 9) and outlines some of the dangers and benefits of using the concept (chapter 11).
‡Orr, James. The Christian View of God and the World as Centring in the Incarnation. 3rd ed. New York: Scribner’s, 1897; reprint with foreword by Vernon C. Grounds, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1989.
This publication of Orr’s 1891 Kerr lectures is one of the earlier English works addressing the Christian faith as a worldview. Orr covers the idea of worldview (chapter 1), some alternative worldviews (chapter 2), and the main features of Christianity as a worldview: theism, humans created in God’s image, sin, the incarnation of Christ, redemption, and human destiny (chapters 3–9).
Rather than compartmentalize faith in some privatized sphere of religious truth, Pearcey encourages Christians to unleash their faith in Christ to influence all of life. She defines worldview (part 1), addresses creation as a foundational starting point (part 2), discusses the lack of a solid evangelical thinking tradition (part 3), and challenges believers to live out the Christian worldview (part 4). The book contains an annotated bibliography organized by its four-part layout.
Phillips, W. Gary, and William E. Brown. Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. 2nd ed. Salem, WI.: Sheffield, 2008.
A basic primer on worldview thinking, this volume approaches a worldview as a view of the world (part 1) and a view for the world (part 2). Part 1 defines worldview and explains the biblical worldview along with treatments of the problem of evil and pluralism. Part 2 discusses the biblical worldview for the individual, the family, the church, and the world. Case studies are used throughout.
Samples, Kenneth Richard. A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth Claims to the Worldview Test. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007.
After introducing worldview thinking (part 1), Samples explores the Christian worldview (part 2) and compares it to four current competitors: naturalism, postmodernism, pantheism, and Islam (part 3). He offers nine tests for examining worldviews. An appendix summarizes the five worldviews examined in brief charts.
First appearing in 1976, this classic briefly defines worldview and offers chapter-long examinations of the following worldviews: Christianity, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, eastern pantheistic monism, the new age, postmodernism, and Islam (new to the 5th ed. by Winfried Corduan). See also Sire’s re-evaluation of worldview thinking in Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004).
Sunshine, Glenn S. Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009.
After briefly defining worldview, Sunshine treats the history of the various worldviews in the West, which embraced Christianity early and later began to distance themselves from the biblical worldview. In the final chapter he observes that the movement away from the biblical worldview is resulting in a society very similar to the Roman Empire.
‡Walsh, Brian J., and J. Richard Middleton. The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1984.
A basic primer on defining and analyzing worldviews, this book defines and contrasts the biblical worldview with the modern secular worldview and encourages informed Christian involvement in culture and scholarship. Included is “a bibliography we can’t live without.”
Wilkens, Steve, and Mark L. Sanford. Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories that Shape Our Lives. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009.
Christians often acknowledge the biblical worldview intellectually without realizing that they live by tenets of non-Christian worldviews. The authors analyze how eight popular non-Christian worldviews affect Christian living: individualism, consumerism, nationalism, moral relativism, scientific naturalism, the New Age, postmodern tribalism, and salvation by therapy. They close with suggestions for developing a Christian worldview.
This much-cited and very readable primer on worldview thinking first appeared in 1985. As the title indicates, Wolters takes a Reformed approach to the biblical worldview emphasizing creation, fall, and redemption. This edition includes a postscript by Michael Goheen on “Worldview between Story and Mission.”
And here are two other helpful resources not in this list:
- Graham A. Cole. Do Christians Have a Worldview? Edited by D. A. Carson. Christ on Campus Initiative. Deerfield, IL: Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, 2008.
- W. Andrew Hoffecker, ed. Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2007.