The political ambitions and machinations of the papacy continued, and even Catholic rulers at times were not willing to tolerate it. Government is thus little more than organized injustice. Probably the best thing about this book is how easy it is to read and understand. This book is not at all what it appears! He was discussing how worldview had shifted and evolved during major periods of world history: first the Romans, then medieval times, then the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and finally through modernity and postmodernity. He redirects our yearnings to focus on the greatest good: God. The reason I especially like this book is that it helps me understand where some of the church traditions came from and why would you do some of what we do. With the exception of Judaism, all of these fall into the broad category of paganism.
It is a history of Western ideas, and how those ideas work out in life. Although the fun summary of Western philosophy got me interested, this is a Christian book. Having a similarly positive impression of Sunshine's compact history of the Reformation, I am prepared to buy and read anything he might next write. He repeatedly states something like 'Darwinism isn't falsifiable, so it isn't Science. Even Jupiter, the king of the gods, began his career as a storm deity which is why he casts lightning bolts.
If they wanted meat, they had to either kill something or pay someone to do it for them. It is difficult to put this into words. Occasionally, worldviews are overturned in periods of social, political, or religious unrest. The tone is balanced and never triumphalist or strident--Sunshine does not caricature other worldviews nor shy away from critiques of the Christian one his own , but he also doesn't hesitate to point out straw men erected by others and deliver a body blow or two with consistent grace and humor even in doing so. I can endorse those ideas, and the final chapter of the book, which does not seem like it fits on the end of everything that preceded it. Our future as a nation may well depend upon it.
I found this book increasingly hard to read with every page due souly on the authors obvious attempt to frame early christians as the savioirs of the wretched perverted heathens around them. It is like a set of glasses that you look through to bring what is happening in the world into mental focus. In any case, Sunshine's up-to-that-point entertaining book becomes somewhat off-putting. Some emperors had already begun to enforce religious conformity; Augustine gave them theological justification for doing so, with fateful results for more than 1000 years of Western history. I was wrong on all accounts. It lacks substantive citations, leaving the reader to only assume Sunshine either knows what he's talking about or is simply blowing smoke. Glenn shows how we can see the clash between biblical and anti-biblical worldviews in every age-and then learn something about how we can counter lies with God's truth in our own time and place.
The Popes worked out a series of concordats with the various kingdoms in Europe regulating church-state relations and more or less stabilizing the political situation. Glenn Sunshine, or Joni Eareckson Tada, or Bill Brown? Clear, concise , and easy to understand history of Western European philosophy and theology from the ancient Greeks to 2015. This authoritative, accessible survey traces the development of the worldviews that underpin the Western world. Eventually, the schism was resolved and the church had to work out the details of how it would relate to the different kingdoms in Europe. Product Description People often talk about worldview when describing the philosophy that guides their lives.
Sounds oddly familiar, doesn't it? In all cases, pluralism has limits. Greek philosophy as well as Islamic thought from their golden age is discounted. And for as often as Plato gets a mention in the books, Pletho and the entire Council of Florence who's goal was the reconcile the great schism don't even get a mention. Sunshine is inconsistent with maintaining , and secular institutions as they progressed forward to today. Sunshine has a problem with distinguishing between the True Church, Protestant elements that may or may not be the Church, but just religious, and the pagan Roman Catholic system which parodied the true Church, and continues to do so today, it is hard sometimes to follow his application and thesis about Christian influences on our worldview.
Not that I disagree with any of his basic arguments at the end, I just felt like I had heard them 100 times before. If you want an academic or unbiased book on 'thinking' the is most definitely not the book for you. The inevitable collapse, however, will be no less tragic, because the unselfconscious and morally bankrupt ambitions of leftist ideologues to supplant the influence of biblical Christianity with a neo-Marxist, globalist agenda will, I fear, be preceded by an even more internecine form of fascism and communism then what we witnessed in the 20th century. We may be going back to Rome. This book is important for reminding us that our world does not exist in a vacuum but that our current worldview is built on thousands of years of development and change. For those who have studied the history of western philosophies, it's a concise review.
In what will be a defining book for our time, Charles Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean - of what, precisely, happens when a society in which it is virtually impossible not to believe in God becomes one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is only one human possibility among others. I recently finished reading Glenn Sunshine's new book Why You Think the Way You Do. Glenn has taught a variety of Bible, history, and worldview seminars and courses to churches around the U. More than anything else, this idea separated Judaism, which was a national or ethnic religion, from Christianity. For example, if we say we care about the environment, if that is part of what defines our self-image, yet we litter or dump our motor oil down the storm drains, we reveal through our actions what we really think and what our values really are — and thus our worldview.