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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Glenn S. Sunshine Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780310782506
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People often talk about worldview when describing the philosophy that guides their lives. But how have we come by our worldviews, and what impact did Christianity have on those that are common to Western civilization? This authoritative, accessible survey traces the development of the worldviews that underpin the Western world. It demonstrates the decisive impact that the growth of Christianity had in transforming the outlook of pagan Roman culture into one that, based on biblical concepts of humanity and its relationship with God, established virtually all the positive aspects of Western civilization. The two-pronged assault in our time on the biblically based worldview by postmodern philosophy and the writings of neo-atheists has made it even more crucial that we acknowledge and defend its historical roots. Unique among books on the topic, this work discusses Western worldviews as a continuous narrative rather than as simply a catalogue of ideas, and traces the effects changes in worldview had on society. It helps readers understand their own worldviews and those of other people and helps them recognize the consequences that worldviews hold. Professors, students, and armchair historians alike will profit from this book. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa Price | 7/15/2013

    " The beginning and some middle parts were really hard to get through because it felt like a dry history a d historiography, but the author came full circle and really made his point at the end. I enjoyed the book, it was refreshing to hear his perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Rathel | 4/28/2013

    " A history of ideas book that chronicles the development of Western civilization. Good, easy read. Also, I agree with many of the author's (controversial) conclusions in the concluding chapter and was glad to see someone have the courage to say such things in print. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William | 12/2/2012

    " This book was truly, truly awful. It devolves from an apparently normal history book to inane conservative ranting. There are so many things wrong with the second half of the book I don't even know where to begin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Godfrey | 10/25/2012

    " Very helpful historical survey of Western world views. Provides context for understanding current cultural dynamics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isaac | 2/1/2011

    " The first 7 chapters were okay and somewhat interesting.

    But from chapter 8 to the end, it became bogged down in his political opinions and had a rather pessimistic outlook on life and western civilization. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William | 10/22/2010

    " This book was truly, truly awful. It devolves from an apparently normal history book to inane conservative ranting. There are so many things wrong with the second half of the book I don't even know where to begin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/3/2010

    " A history of ideas book that chronicles the development of Western civilization. Good, easy read. Also, I agree with many of the author's (controversial) conclusions in the concluding chapter and was glad to see someone have the courage to say such things in print. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/5/2009

    " soso though not much stuck with me...again total gloss over re the reformation. anyhoo. "

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About the Author
Glenn S. Sunshine (PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison) is professor of history at the Central Connecticut State University and a faculty member of the Centurions Program at Breakpoint, the worldview training ministry of Prison Fellowship Ministries. Previously, he taught at Calvin College and was a visiting professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr-Hamburg (now Helmut Schmidt University) in Germany. He is author of The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, and Reforming French Protestantism, and contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, and the Encyclopedia of Protestantism.
About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.