While college ought to be a broadening experience, the majority of young Christians are totally unprepared to meet the multiple challenges of competing worldviews--whether on campus or in the workplace. Too many Christians are intimidated into silence about their beliefs, often resulting in the loss of their faith. While Bayard Taylor urges young people to "question authority" in order to reveal worldview agendas and identify imposters, he also offers functional information Christians can use to defend their faith in a thoughtful, respectful way. Clearing up the whats, whys, and whos of the major worldviews will allow for deeper conviction when readers share the burning faith inside them.
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Review 1 for Blah, Blah, Blah: Making Sense of the World's Spiritual Chatter
Date:August 28, 2006
Taylor is correct when he points out to the reader that every person is a walking billboard for their particular worldview and that it would be advantageous for students to learn more about worldviews which stand in opposition (or even competition) to the Biblical belief and life system. The book is really about what Taylor describes as the six fundamental worldviews: The Haunted Worldview, The Biblical Worldview, The WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Worldview, The Dueling Yodas Worldview, The Omnipresent Supergalactic Oneness Worldview, and the catch-all Design Religion category. Taylor spends the rest of the book exploring how these various worldviews address particular questions of life, noting similarities and differences and giving the reader enough ammunition to engage a person from any of the six schools of thought on a variety of topics.Taylor also identifies at the end of the book that most of his readers are not as well equipped in the essentials of their own Biblical worldview specifically that Christian students today are far too ignorant of their own faith and belief system and if they are going to prepare to engage those of another worldview, they must have a solid and substantial grounding in the Truth as revealed by God through His creation and His divine Word. Students who read this book will see almost daily in the movies and television they watch or the music they listen to a variety of worldviews as described by Taylor. I thought the most powerful message that Taylor delivered in the book was that many other people have a more comprehensive understanding of their particular worldview and how it influences their lives and the way in which they engage the world around them than most Christians do. The book challenges young Christian students to take every thought captive to Christ" and begin to think critically and Christianly about the world around them.
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Review 2 for Blah, Blah, Blah: Making Sense of the World's Spiritual Chatter
Starting with the premise that Christian faith is intended to be public, Taylor helps his readers to become walking billboards for the Christian viewpoint. Defining worldview as your set of underlying assumptions, controlling or fundamental beliefs, he takes the six billion or so worldviews and boils them down into six categories giving brief but understandable, useable descriptions of each. Of these six, one is the Biblical worldview. Next Taylor takes up the problem of personal identity as a Christian how do I fit into all this? Having laid this foundation, Blah, Blah, Blah then goes on to consider the legitimacy of Christianity and how it can be discussed with those who hold differing ideas. <P>A great deal of good information resides in these pages clear explanations of such widely differing ideas as Transcendentalism, Henry David Thoreaus beliefs, Karma, and where unclean spirits fit into all this. Taylor does not put Christian individuals on a pedestal, but instead points out past and present problem areas, along with selfish, harmful behaviors. He includes clear descriptions of the games other worldviews like to play with Christians. Comprehensible definitions of philosophical verbiage are sprinkled throughout, including Taoism, relativism, post-modernism, and deconstructionism. Contemporary issues such as PETA and The DaVinci Code are considered. <P>Written to attract the young adult, Blah, Blah, Blah has much in it that will help Christians trying to survive in todays society. This book caught my interest, giving me a great deal of food for thought, along with clear instructions and suggestions for immediate implementation. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com