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  • The Universe Next Door

    $32.00

    For more than forty years, The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. Using his widely influential model of eight basic worldview questions, James Sire examines prominent worldviews that have shaped the Western world:

    • theism
    • deism
    • naturalism
    • Marxism
    • nihilism
    • existentialism
    • Eastern monism
    • New Age philosophy
    • postmodernism
    • Islam

    Intertwined with this analysis, he presents an overview of intellectual history giving insight into the current state of Western thought and culture. Critiquing each worldview within its own frame of reference and in comparison to others, Sire encourages readers to wrestle with life’s biggest questions and examine the core beliefs and commitments on which they are building their lives

    The sixth edition, updated by Sire’s longtime editor Jim Hoover, features new explanatory sidebars, helpful charts comparing worldviews and illustrating their historical flow, and a chapter on challenges to a Christian worldview in the twenty-first century. New discussion questions will help readers reflect more deeply on the ideas in each chapter.

    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. In a world of ever-increasing diversity, The Universe Next Door offers a unique resource for understanding the variety of worldviews that claim the allegiance of mind and heart.

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  • Naming The Elephant

    $15.99

    What is a worldview? What lies behind your thoughts about almost everything? For more than thirty years, James W. Sire has grappled with this issue. In his widely used textbook The Universe Next Door, first published in 1976, Sire offered a succinct definition of a worldview and catalogued in summary fashion seven basic worldview alternatives. Students, critics, new literature and continued reflection have led him to reexamine and refine his definition of a worldview. This second edition companion volume to The Universe Next Door is the fruit of that effort, offering readers his most mature thought on the concept of a worldview, addressing such questions as

    What is the history of the concept itself?
    What is the first question you should ask in formulating a worldview?
    How are worldviews formed existentially as well as intellectually?
    Is a worldview primarily an intellectual system, a way of life or a story?
    What are the public and private dimensions of a worldview?
    What role can worldview thinking play in assessing your own worldview and those of others, especially in light of the pluralism in today’s world?

    Naming the Elephant is an excellent resource for exploring more deeply how and why worldview thinking can aid you in navigating your pluralistic universe.

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  • Mark Of A Christian

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    “It is possible to be a Christian without showing the mark, but if we expect non-Christians to know that we are Christians, we must show the mark.” Christians have not always presented an inviting picture to the world. Too often we have failed to show the beauty of authentic Christian love. And the world has disregarded Christianity as a result. In our era of global violence and sectarian intolerance, the church needs to hear anew the challenge of this book. Decades ago Francis Schaeffer exhorted, “Love–and the unity it attests to–is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear before the world. Only with this mark may the world know that Christians are indeed Christians and that Jesus was sent by the Father.” More than ever, the church needs to respond compassionately to a needy world. More than ever, we need to show the Mark.

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  • Scripture Twisting : 20 Ways The Cults Misread The Bible

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    Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible – How often have you encountered some bizarre doctrine only to be stunned to hear a Bible verse quoted to support it? With new religious cults springing up almost daily and old ones growing rapidly, this is more and more common. How are they seemingly able to twist Scripture to mean something orthodox Christians have never believed it to mean in 2000 years? James Sire has isolated twenty separate kinds of reading errors which are characteristically made by cultists as they interpret the Bible. He covers the full range from simple misquotation to complex argumentation which links one slightly eccentric interpretation to another, mixes in a few orthodox readings and ends with a conclusion totally foreign to the biblical world view. Sire also handles twisted trans- lation, overspecification, virtue by association, ignoring the context and others. A book to help us all become better readers of the Scriptures. Dr. James W. Sire , formerly associate professor of English at Northern Illinois University, is senior editor of InterVarsity Press and a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities. He is also the author of Shirley MacLaine and the New Age Movement, How to Read Slowly, and Scripture Twisting.

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  • Chris Chrisman Goes To College

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    Chris Chrisman, a young Christian, goes to college only to have his world turned upside down. On campus he finds the challenges to his faith-both intellectual and personal-almost more than he can bear. Then he meets Bill Seipel and Bob Wong. Together, the three young men, two of them Christians and the other self-styled atheist forge a common bond in the quest for truth. In the process they confront some of the dominant ideologies of the secular university.

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