HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Battle For Truth: Defending the Christian Worldview in the Marketplace of Ideas
Author: David Noebel
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers, republished in 2001
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 14+
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Noebel, David. The Battle For Truth: Defending the Christian Worldview in the Marketplace of Ideas (originally published in 1995 as Understanding the Times: Abridged Edition by Summit Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO; and republished in 2001 by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR 97402). David Noebel of Summit Ministries is well known for his book Understanding the Times which seeks to help Bible believers understand the philosophical assumptions of our modern culture and combat them with a Biblical-Christian worldview. This is an abridged edition intended for young people that our older son Mark used as a text in a class at the Pillar Foundation which is an organization that provides Bible-based classes for homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area. Barton deals with ten areas–theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history–and shows how each is viewed by Secular Humanists, Marxist/Leninists, Cosmic Humanists (i.e., New Agers), and Biblical Christians.
There is a wealth of material here, written in a very engaging style, citing sources for what the “movers and shakers” of the modern world believe and responding to them with Biblical truth. This would make an excellent textbook for a homeschool study about the introduction to modern philosophy. There may be a few things affirmed by Barton with which some of us might disagree (e.g., inherited sinful state; however, since the Bible teaches that all do sin, the arguments that Barton makes are just as valid), but for the most part, this book will provide great ammunition for young people, and their parents, to be prepared to fight “the battle for truth” that they will face in this increasingly anti-God, anti-Bible world.
I was especially interested in his conclusion. “The Christian worldview is in retreat in nearly every arena of American life–including our universities, media, arts, music, law, business, medicine, psychology, sociology, public schools, and government….What are we to do? Go on the offensive! Light a candle. Pray (2 Chronicles 7:14; Colossians 1:9-14). Study (2 Timothy 2:15). Understand the times (1 Chronicles 12:32). Rebuild the foundations (Psalm 11:3). Spread the word. Truth is our greatest weapon….Christians can reclaim law, history, politics, economics, and all other disciplines. Understanding themselves to be men and women created to serve God, they can feel the call to excellence more profoundly than proponents of any other worldview (especially because most other worldviews strip man of his dignity and free will). The first and last words Christ spoke to Peter were, ‘Follow Me.’ He speaks them to us still. To follow Christ entails, at the minimum, taking every idea captive for Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and not allowing humanistic worldviews to take us captive (Colossians 2:8).” For Christians, that is what homeschooling is all about!