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Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought

Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought
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Hoffecker, Andrew W.


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WTS Faculty Contributions by Vern Sheridan Poythress, Carl Trueman, and former WTS faculty member John Frame.

Publisher's Description

The thesis of this book is that western thought has experienced a series of profound changes in thinking - nothing less than revolutions. Within these ten trajectories additional shifts and conflicts in basic beliefs occurred. Chronicling these revolutions should enable Christians living in the 21st century to understand the flow of western thought - how key ideas persisted over time; how unique perspectives such as the nature of the deity, the questions of human nature and the cosmos got their original impetus and developed to their present state; how ideas spawned debates that remain with us; and how shifts from theism to secularism have intensified.

Contributors include:

  • John M. Frame
  • John D. Currid
  • Vern S. Poythress
  • Richard C. Gamble
  • Peter J. Leithart
  • Carl R. Trueman
  • N. Scott Amos
  • Richard Lints
  • Michael Payne

About the Editor

Dr. Andrew Hoffecker gained advanced degrees at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Brown University. He is currently Professor of Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Book Details

528 Pages
Publisher: P and R Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 2007
ISBN 10: 0875525733
ISBN 13: 9780875525730

Sweeping in its scope, without being simplistic, Revolutions shows how the ideas of today, together with their consequences, have not come to us ex nihilo . . . Providing historical perspective as well as critical analysis, these essays give the reader both a telescopic and microscopic view on present-day Western culture.
- K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary

Far from perfect, and perhaps not entirely unique, yet the West gave the world so much: health care, human rights, freedom of conscience, the separation of church and state, technology, humane labor laws, and flourishing arts. This book challenges the cynics and encourages advocates by explaining how it all came about, and by setting forth conditions whereby the West may continue to stay alive.
- William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary.