Assumptions That Affect Our Lives

Assumptions That Affect Our Lives Examining worldview assumptions is critically important to understanding the world and culture in which we live knowing what to do and how to create culture It is essential that Christ followers be

  • Title: Assumptions That Affect Our Lives
  • Author: Christian Overman
  • ISBN: 9781883035501
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Examining worldview assumptions is critically important to understanding the world and culture in which we live, knowing what to do, and how to create culture It is essential that Christ followers be clear thinking in these postmodern times Contrasting the thinking of the ancient Greeks and ancient Hebrews will provide fresh ways to evaluate the messages that continualExamining worldview assumptions is critically important to understanding the world and culture in which we live, knowing what to do, and how to create culture It is essential that Christ followers be clear thinking in these postmodern times Contrasting the thinking of the ancient Greeks and ancient Hebrews will provide fresh ways to evaluate the messages that continually come our way.Are you aware of the underlying assumptions that shape your values and behavior Have you given much thought to how your assumptions about what s really real influence your daily actions We often underestimate the importance of presuppositions that lie behind the values and behavior of ourselves and others Like an iceberg floating in the ocean with just ten percent visible and ninety percent below the surface, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that words and actions are first shaped by beliefs that lie deep within the reaches of an inner concept of reality called a worldview.Going beyond values and behavior to examine the underlying beliefs and assumptions that shape one s worldview is what this book is all about Examining worldview assumptions is critically important for understanding the times and the culture in which we live Assumptions That Affect Our Lives has helped thousands to make a difference in the way they live, by making a difference in the way they think.In a personal letter to the author, Chuck Colson wrote I pray the Lord will continue to open every door to get your message to the masses As the cultural sweep toward postmodern thinking continues to infect our educational institutions, homes and churches, the need for what you are doing is greater today than ever.

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    1. Straightforward. Direct. Organized. Earth-shaking. A call to philosophical arms. Superb: every American needs to read this. I didn't remember this book holding such great principles when I studied it years back. I'm glad I reviewed it.I almost gave it five stars, if not for the fact that it could have been even longer and deeper. The author's biting sarcasm also surfaces on occasion, little jeers that I could have gone without. But that's nothing compared to the rich common sense this book conta [...]

    2. I have read a number of books on Apologetics. Expecting a rehash of the same material I was pleased with this authors approach. The author has added a somewhat new dimension, a new dynamic to the table. He calls it the Hebrew model and throughout the book he contrasts the Hebrew model with the Greek model. Though he equates the Hebrew model with the Biblical model he not only uses the Bible as his foundation but he also brings pout how the Hebrews applied the OT to their living and thinking. Thi [...]

    3. "I think everybody needs to read it." --DestryI read Assumptions That Affect Our Lives: How Worldviews Determine Values that Influence Behavior and Shape Culture by Dr. Christian Overman with my teens this past school year. This book is so outstanding, it's one of those I have a hard time reviewing. I agree with Destry; my temptation is to just say go get this book right now and read it. Period.Why are you still here reading this review? Do you need further convincing? Let's see if I can organiz [...]

    4. Have you ever asked yourself why you believe what you believe? Or wondered what the Bible says about a controversial topic? Or cried out to God, how did America come to this? I read a book that answers these questions, called Assumptions that Affect Our Lives: How Worldviews Determine Values that Influence Behavior and Shape Culture, by Dr. Christian Overman. I read it and discussed it with my parents, and all of us were impressed and challenged by it. Dr. Overman uses striking word pictures to [...]

    5. Before reading this book I knew our Western culture was shaped by the Greeks, but I had no idea to what degree Christianity was influenced. My mind has been opened to assumptions I have been operating under, biases that are very much prevalent within the Christian church today. By contrasting Greek and Hebrew thought, and then Hebrew thought to our modern Western culture, Overman demonstrates the pervasive influence of Plato and other ancient Greek philosophers on the thinking of the early Chris [...]

    6. Everybody has a philosophy of life. They may even know the name of it, but few know the assumptions that their philosophy is built upon. Our assumptions (or presuppositions) in turn give shape to what we value and then to how we live out our life. In very general terms, Overman attempts to describe the assumptions of various preeminent worldviews that hold sway in Western culture. He posits that Socrates, Plato and Aristotle have had a major impact on past and present day philosophies; he contra [...]

    7. This book was remarkable! Thus I will make the following remarks: Overman caused me to check my own assumptions and it has made a possetive difference in the way I process things, also he showed a great deal of understanding and knowlege as he continually braught up well documented historical accounts. This book is written by a Christian but is not necesarily for a Christian, if you have a reletive or friend and you have trouble seeing eye to eye this book might help you get a better understandi [...]

    8. This book took me a long time to read, but when I would just get to it I really did enjoy it and found myself understanding things I hadn't before which made reading this book exciting! It was written in a way that was pretty easy to understand, but the chapters were *really* long, so it was a lot to take in at once! I would definitely recommend this to students! (Or really anyone old enough to grasp the contents. ;))

    9. The saying: "If you don't know your history you are bound to repeat it," sums up this book quite nicely. This easy to read book takes you on a journey to find out where our modern worldview (assumptions)have come from. The basic idea is that if you know where the wrong idea came from you will be better enabled to help yourself, or another person to realize the truth.

    10. I like the way this was written: great examples throughout history of the differences between Greek and Hebrew thought. He parallels these throughout different moveemnts in history up to today and the trouble we're heading into with a postmodern mindset.

    11. Very informative and easy to read. Dr. Overman does a great job of walking through various world views and discussing the flaws within. Strong call to Christians to know Scripture and engage the cultures around them.

    12. Love this book! I have read it two or three times now and each time find it a clear, interesting, and helpful explanation of the origins and implications of different ways of thinking. One of my favorites!

    13. Awesome primer on Greek vs. Hebraic thinking. This book delves deeply into the assumptions that affect our daily lives. Are we thinking the way God intended? Or have we adopted the thoughts of the world without realizing it? Highly recommended.

    14. He explains the differences between Greek (western, humanism) and Hebrew culture, thought process, etc. He also provides solid history on humanism, which if you are unaware is the main faith of western countries. This is basic philosphy, yet easy to read.

    15. Read this back in 2011 with older boys. Great discussions around the dinner table. I'd like to revisit this book with the younger (now older) sons!

    16. It helped me understand the flow of history and philosophy in a very readable way. Great for teens as well as adults.

    17. This is another book we're working through during high school. Our focus is worldviews--building our Christian worldview and understanding the secular/humanist worldview too.

    18. Much food for thought. There was a lot of historical information I didn't know about Hebrew and Greek thought and worldviews. This book was very understandable and helpful. I highly recommend it.

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