The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog

Voted one of Christianity Today s 1998 Books of the Year For than thirty years, The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews In this fifth edition James Sire offers additional student friendly features to his concise, easily understood introductions to theism, deism, naturalism, Marxism, nihilism, existentialism, EasterVoted one of Christianity Today s 1998 Books of the Year For than thirty years, The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews In this 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 in depth discussion of the nature of a worldview.
The Universe Next Door A Basic Worldview Catalog Voted one of Christianity Today s Books of the Year For than thirty years The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear readable introduction to worldviews In this fifth edition James

  • Title: The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog
  • Author: James W. Sire
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  • Page: 475
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    1. A closed-minded book advertising itself as open-minded.The author openly admits he is a Theist, discusses Theism. So far, he's doing fine. Then, he lays out several goals for what he feels a good worldview should be. Still doing fine.Until he subjects every world view mentioned to scrutiny EXCEPT Theism.His goal is not to catalog other worldviews, but to attempt to disprove them. He does this by presenting the work of 2 philosophers within each religion/world-view whose beliefs about the religio [...]

    2. God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh - Voltaire28 February 2015 I have read a number of Christian books in my time where the author compares Christianity with the other five major religions however I had not come across a book that examines world views until I was browsing through my local Christian bookshop many years ago and came across this one. Okay, I should mention that Francis Schaeffer wrote a similar book entitled The God Who Is There where he similarly explores [...]

    3. Typical Christian introduction to philosophy. A lot of generalizations, a lot of misinterpretation, and a lot of hostility. My primary problem with this waste of paper is that Sire doesn't once say that a "worldview system" besides Christian theism has anything positive about it. He even makes Christian existentialists out to be bad guys (and for the record, Barth was not an existentialist). Beyond the normal critiques I have for Christian philosophy, this book spends nearly 50 pages on New Age [...]

    4. This review I don't think will contain spoilers because well it's a nonfiction book about world views. What's really spoiler-y about that? Nothing really, at least in my opinion. This book and I have had a long history together. It has been taken on road trips, read a loud mostly for comprehension purposes, and will be annotated on a future date. I am glad to be done with this book now before school goes back in session in a couple of weeks so yeah. I would say firstly this book is extremely inf [...]

    5. This work is a a pretty good benchmark for understanding the competing worldviews of our times. The fifth edition is a welcome expansion - especially since it includes a chapter on Islam.Cataloging the worldviews of our times (as the subtitle states), Sire does a good job of writing with an understandable style, a gentle tone, and an articulate logic - all without leaving his firm Christian convictions.After the first chapter as an introduction he goes one-by-one through the current major worldv [...]

    6. James W. Sire’s The Universe Next Door takes the reader through an explanation of the nine most popular and prevalent worldviews of the modern age: Christian theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, eastern pantheistic monism, the New Age movement, postmodernism and Islamic theism. Sire begins his exploration through these nine worldviews by first defining what a worldview truly is. “A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a [...]

    7. A comprehensive look at the intellectual basis for what each of us bases our life upon, this book is difficult in its detail, compelling in its arguments. Before we dismiss God out of hand as just too ridiculous to seriously consider, maybe we need to analyze just why we have come to this point of view.

    8. AMAZING Book! a very nice catalog of worldviews. It is a little biased from the theistic point of view but if you can ignore the bias and just take a good look at the views that really reflect your being its a great book. This book also stresses the importance of knowing and refining your worldview. I highly recommend this book. Its not one of the best books but its a really good one.

    9. I just read this for a second time, and this time I paid a bit more attention. It's a cool idea for a book but when the guy starts bashing New Age movements I get a little annoyed. I did learn a bit, though.

    10. I particularly appreciate The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog's regular updating (including the charts). If you haven't kept up with this text or read it previously, be sure to dig into the most recent edition (5th Edition, 2009). Personally, I think it is helpful to couple reading this book w/Sire's Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept (IVP, 2004) and Rim of the Sandhills (just e-published, 2012). To dig more into Worldview, I recommend David Naugle's Worldview: The History [...]

    11. This is amazing! Jim Sire not only goes through each worldview that has developed in the Western world systematically, really attempting both to trace their contours and feel their implications, but he also convincingly argues that each worldview has represented an attempt by the intellectual West to deal with the void left after having rid itself of Christian theism. Everything, from the chapter sequence to the chronology, shows a devolution in our world view from theism, through deism and natu [...]

    12. I encountered this book first as a student in a college World Religions class. The Universe Next Door is an enlightening read on alternative systems and world views that helps increase awareness, empathy and the ability to think globally. I was the professor's assistant for two more World Religion classes and came to see this book as a teaching tool. It is understandable and relatable. This book is approachable to the average college student. It is not esoteric or written from an ivory tower per [...]

    13. I have to admit that I struggled through this book a little, particularly with descriptions of worldviews and ideologies that were completely foreign to me (the chapter on Eastern Pantheistic Monism in particular stands out as a difficult chapter to get my head around!), but I feel this was a useful introduction to different types of worldview. In particular, I appreciated the author's returning time and again to the idea that we, as humans, have a desire to know and understand, and rightfully c [...]

    14. Way too biased for my taste. It reads almost as an apologetics text. The author lumps disregards all non-Christian monotheistic worldviews, though his argument for theism in the last chapter is as valid for any of the others as it is for the Christian one. He says the only logical conclusion of naturalism and secularism is nihilism, and implies that nihilism is unacceptable. The book makes only a passing reference to Buddhism and Chinese traditional worldviews (Taoism/Confucianism), lumping them [...]

    15. What the title says; a basic survey of some of the most popular worldviews held today. It has a descriptive and prescriptive aspect that you would expect of any book written by an evangelical author. I read this book a few years ago when I was snowballing with confirmation bias as a young evangelical myself. Has some useful insights regarding each worldview, and speaks extensively about (you guessed it) atheism and nihilism. Would not recommend this book if you are looking for something more obj [...]

    16. This is a Christian man relating how 10 different worldviews hang together in their attempts to answer life's questions and be internally consistent. He examines the assumptions and implications of each view. I appreciate his thoroughness and fairness. His treatment of views that are internally inconsistent, for example, is generous and kind. His personal view is one in which morality and agency are fundamental. I love philosophy. I found this fascinating. I listened to it and thought it so good [...]

    17. It's an almost perfectly fine book on worldview. Definetly biased in many places, which I mostly noticed in the chapter on Islam. The language is difficult, but if you're picking this up as something you want to read it's unlikely you'll have any major problems with it. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't something I was required to read and if it didn't spoil the entire Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series in the intro to one chapter.

    18. A easy to read introduction to the current worldviews of our time. The main worldviews are thoroughly and systematically analysed and compared in the framework of their historical developments. Sire concludes with a practical way to choose a worldview which compells one, after all his sober and sometimes whitty arguments, to opt for the "Christian Theism" worldview.

    19. This book is outdated and unhelpful. How do you deal with postmodernity without dealing with modernity? How do you pick a western christian worldview over either of those? The categories he deals with exist but his treatment is completely over simplified. Find another book.

    20. An incredibly well written book that gives an overview of the movement of philosophy in the West. It is approachable enough that any thoughtful person can read it, but also provides enough depth that one can enter into intelligent conversation about the subject matter.

    21. Slightly helpful, mostly subjective and way too wordy. Get a grip, man, you're supposed to be informing about worldviews, not making sure the reader knows what you believe.

    22. This was a very in depth look at the basic worldview formulations. I'll be returning to it for reference in future, I am sure.

    23. Standard worldview primer. Gives teh basic resposnes to late 1990s' challenges to the faith. Certainly recommended for beginners.

    24. "It is only when we pursue our doubts and search for the truth that we begin to get real satisfaction."WHEW! I must say, this may be the hardest book I've read to date. I almost think it unfair for me to rate the book because I'm pretty much not smart enough to be able to fully understand everything Sire explains. It was recommended to me by a woman named Jo Vitale, a theology scholar at the Ravi Zacharias Institute who spoke at an event in Austin earlier this year.This book walks through the ma [...]

    25. The first step in reviewing a book is to understand the central aim. This subtitle of this book makes it clear that it is not intended to be an in depth study of the various nuances within different worldviews, but rather a "basic introduction" to different worldviews. With respect to that goal, it is a fair book. It is not exhaustive and it is, at times, simplified, but nothing different is to be expected given the goal of the book. Overall, Sire writes a good introduction to several major worl [...]

    26. This book is full of information filled with concise definitions of various world views such as Christian Theism, Deism, Naturalism, Nihilsm, Existentialism, Eastern Pantheistic Monism, The New Age, Postmodernism, and Islamic Theism. The author does an excellent job in supplying answers to each of these worldviews with seven basic questions. But before answer these seven question the author provides his readers with the meaning of world view. 1. What is prime reality - the really real?2. What is [...]

    27. I had to read this for a class, but I would have abandoned it otherwise. I thought many of the ideas were misinterpreted or misrepresented. I understand that it was not meant to be an objective view of worldviews other than Christianity, but I think the interpretations of some of the other worldviews--especially what Sire refers to as New Age and Post-modernism were generalized. The chapter on Islam is at the end, indicating it is in the neighborhood furthest away from Christianity. However, it [...]

    28. Sire offers a helpful overview of the basic world views that have historically dominated Western thought. He structures the study by examining how each worldview answers eight basic worldview questions and discusses the implications of holding each worldview. He begins with the theistic worldview because it is the one that the others grew out of or responded to, and he is clear that he holds this worldview himself. This is a good place to begin if you want to understand why people in the West te [...]

    29. Required book number two for one of my college courses this year. This one I did like a lot more than The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung. The author of this book was a little more clear in his statements, and also had some good points about different religions worldviews. Sire's worldview questions weren't too bad, however, they were a little hard to answer sometimes because they were so vague or broad.

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