HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions
Author: James N. Anderson
Publisher: Crossway, 2014
Related website: http://www.crossway.org (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Older teens and adults
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Anderson, James N. What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions (published in 2014 by Crossway, 1300 Crescent St., Wheaton, IL 60187, a division of Good News Publishers). How do you view the world? Everyone has a world view, but do you know what the word means? And do you know what your world view is? James N. Anderson, an associate professor of theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, and an “ordained minister” in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, has written this interactive journey of discovery aimed at helping people understand and evaluate the options when it comes to identifying their worldview. “Here are the main goals of this book: To help you identify and clarify your worldview. To encourage you to consider the big questions and to think through some of the implications of various answers. To help you appreciate that there are important differences between worldviews—and that not all worldviews are created equal!”
What’s Your Worldview? is cast in the mold of a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, and there’s the rub for me. The reader begins with one page and is asked a question. Depending on his answer, he’ll be directed to another page which has a further question, a brief commentary, and directions to go to a final worldview page—or maybe go back to the original page and reconsider the question. In essence, I just don’t like “Choose Your Own Adventure” type stories. In the introduction, Anderson says, “It’s not meant to be read sequentially from cover to cover. (Please don’t try to do that—you’ll find it very confusing!)” So I tried to read it as directed. However, I found that to be very confusing, flipping from one page to another one up ahead and then to still another one further back. And after I had to put the book down, I wasn’t always sure which page I needed to start on or what I’d already read when I picked it back up again. So I quit and just started reading it sequentially.
Also, there is one glaring weakness which stood out to me. Anderson is obviously a staunch Calvinist, and he apparently assumes that his Calvinist worldview is necessarily a perfect match to a Biblical worldview. So he tars and feathers everyone who doesn’t agree with his own belief that we’re born sinful as having the worldview of “Pelagianism,” which he implies is something different from a Christian worldview. Many, many Christians would not concur, and I believe that this will seriously limit the effectiveness of the work. Aside from this area of long-standing theological controversy, there is a lot of interesting, thoughtful material in the book. It is just that the “Choose Your Own Adventure” format simply does not appeal to me. However, it may well be attractive to many of the younger generation in helping them to think carefully about not only what they believe but why they believe it and how it will impact the rest of their lives.