Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview
Maass, Eric A., Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. By Gary Phillips and William E. Brown. Salem: Sheffield, 1996, 291 pp., $13.95 paper.
Making Sense is an interesting introduction to contemporary Christian philosophy and apologetics. The goal of the authors is an explication and provision of a Christian worldview in light of competing religious and philosophical positions. Making Sense grapples with a number of historic problems and human responses including anthropology, ontology, pluralism, evil and the development of a Christian point of view. The material is readable and creatively presented and interspersed with quotations from experts in a variety of fields and relevant case studies. It can be loosely placed in the current tradition of evangelical self-critique alongside such works as David Wells's No Place for Truth.
The work is divided into two sections: Part 1, "A View of the World;" and Part 2, "A View for the World." The first section deals primarily with an analysis of competing worldviews, for example, a comparison of naturalism, transcendentalism and theism and their prospective impact upon peoples' religious ideology. In naturalism we discover the roots of atheism, humanism and hedonism, while transcendentalism represents a cover term for New-Age spirituality including pantheism, panentheism and polytheism. A theistic perspective, on the other hand, lends itself to deistic explanations as well as a more traditional God concept. In this way, Making Sense is a book about gaining perspective; it is the stuff of religious philosophy comprehending roots and influences including societal and even subconscious populist positions which subtly oppose a biblical Weltanschauung. Consider the following: "The array of worldview options present in the United States is vast and confusing. …