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The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog / Edition 5

The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog / Edition 5

by James W. SireJames W. Sire
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  • Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year

For more than thirty years, The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. In this new 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 more in-depth discussion of the nature of a worldview.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830838509
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/21/2009
Edition description: 5th Edition
Pages: 293
Sales rank: 114,298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James W. Sire (Ph.D., University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology and short courses at many universities and seminaries. His other books include Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept,, Discipleship of the Mind, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition

1 A World of Difference: Introduction

2 A Universe Charged with the Grandeur of God: Christian Theism

3 The Clockwork Universe: Deism

4 The Silence of Finite Space: Naturalism

5 Zero Point: Nihilism

6 Beyond Nihilism: Existentialism

7 Journey to the East: Eastern Pantheistic Monism

8 A Separate Universe: The New Age-Spirituality Without Religion

9 The Vanished Horizon: Postmodernism

10 A View from the Middle East: Islamic Theism

11 The Examined Life: Conclusion


What People are Saying About This

J. P. Moreland

"Over two generations of evangelicals have been nurtured by James Sire's magisterial The Universe Next Door. It is rightly considered a Christian classic. And for two reasons, this new incarnation of Sire's work is especially important. For one, it has a number of new features—including clarifying sidebars, charts, study questions, and a new chapter tackling recent challenges to a Christian worldview—that make its content clear, updated, and easy to use as a text. For another, as Western culture moves further and further away from the memory of a Christian worldview, it becomes increasingly important that Christians know how to navigate the realm of worldviews and think worldviewishly as Christians. This new edition of The Universe Next Door is for such a time as this."

E. M. Blaiklock


"A most magnificently useful book."

Nicholas Wolterstorff

"If you are looking for an introductory exposition of prominent worldviews, I know of no better book."

David Naugle

"This book is tremendous. I have taught it many times and even made videos on it. I was also heartened to see a new chapter by Jim Hoover. It contains much helpful bibliography, and the new chapter encourages us to keep thinking in the spirit of worldview."

Os Guinness

"To think intelligently today is to think worldviewishly, to come to terms with the mosaic of meaning systems which make up modern thinking. This book is a clear introduction and invaluable guide."

Mary Poplin

"Each new edition of James Sire's classic text on worldviews, The Universe Next Door, only adds to the comprehensiveness and adaptability to classroom instruction as well as individual and group studies. This sixth edition is no exception. It contains a new commentary on the most contemporary challenges to Christian knowledge and faith. There is also an excellent new chart of worldviews as they relate to prime reality, external reality, human beings, after death, knowledge, morality, history, and core commitments. James Sire's work on worldviews was the product of a lifetime of fascination, study, and articulation of the major differences between our basic understandings and commitments across cultures, religions, and time. It was essential to whetting my own interest in and understanding of the importance of comprehending worldviews. It is an essential text for every Christian's library."

Russ Bush

"The most readable presentation of alternative systems that I have ever seen."

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