Understanding The Times: A Survey Of Competing Worldviews by Jeff Myers and David A. Noebel

Jeff Myers & David A. Noebel
Understanding The Times by Jeff Myers & David A. Noebel


Book Endorsed By Numerous Biblical Scholars, Ministry Leaders, Authors, More

Understanding the Times, one of the best-selling worldview texts of all time with more than 600,000 copies in print, has been revised and expanded by Dr. Jeff Myers, Ph.D., president of Summit Ministries, to equip today’s generation of believers to know and defend the Christian faith against competing worldviews. Understanding The Times: A Survey Of Competing Worldviews, releasing today from David C Cook, examines six worldviews that influence just about everyone today: Christianity, Secularism, Marxism, Islam, New Spirituality and Postmodernism.

A landmark guide to understanding the ideas and forces that are shaping our times, Understanding the Times, by David Noebel and Dr. Jeff Myers, provides Christians with a readable, fascinating and comprehensive treatment of the most significant religious worldviews operating in Western Civilization. Based on Summit Ministries’ half century of teaching, this trusted reference set provides an invaluable resource for students of the Bible to understand today’s most significant worldviews and defend their faith.

Focusing on ten basic disciplines, the seeds from which most things in academia grow: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, economics, law, politics and history, Understanding the Times has been revised and expanded to keep up with the emergence of new ideas and the repackaging of old ones.

“Our worldview does not merely determine what we think the world is like; it determines what we think the world should be like,” says Dr. Myers. “In other words, our worldview not only describes reality, it prescribes how we act and respond to every aspect of life. Because our ideas do determine how we behave, the bottom line is that our ideas do have consequences.”

Understanding the Times shows how Christianity trumps competing worldviews in the battle for ideas and truth. “In every discipline, we think the Christian worldview shines brighter,” suggests the book’s authors. “It better explains our place in the universe and is more realistic, more scientific, more intellectually satisfying, and more defensible. Best of all, it is faithful to the one person with the greatest influence in heaven and on earth—Jesus Christ.”

“Christianity isn’t just a set of commands and inspirational sayings; it is a story that God is telling, a story that makes sense of all other stories,” continues the authors.

The authors also offer a warning to readers, suggesting that “proponents of many worldviews don’t like it when you start poking their nests. This is especially true of academics. Questioning professors and authorities can anger them and make them want to attack…If you live as we are suggesting in this book, you will probably come under attack as well. We’re going to prepare you to respond, not with returned name-calling or sarcasm, but with reasonable arguments... By understanding these six worldviews we’ll see how people come to grips with the rules of the world and form patterns they hope answer life’s ultimate questions.”

Understanding the Times has been endorsed by a veritable who’s who of biblical scholars, authors, ministry leaders and professors, including John Stonestreet, Executive Director of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview and co-author of Making Sense of Your World; David Naugle, Th.D, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor, Chair and Professor of Philosophy, Dallas Baptist University, and author of Worldview: The History of a Concept; Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, Baylor University; Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D., Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Political Science, Union University, and author of The End of Secularism, Political Thought: A Student's Guide, and The System Has a Soul; Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family; and too many others to list here.

Dr. Jeff Myers

About Dr. Jeff Myers:
Over the last 20 years Dr. Jeff Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development and has equipped thousands of people to champion the Christian worldview. In addition to authoring and teaching courses on leadership and communication in use across the country, including Grow Together: The Forgotten Story of How Uniting the Generations Unleashes Epic Spiritual Potential, Dr. Myers currently serves as the President of Summit Ministries, whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academic, medicine, science and business. Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree, teaches leadership courses through CollegePlus and Belhaven University, and resides with his family at the Summit in Manitou Springs, CO.

About David Noebel:
The founder and retired president of Summit Ministries, David Noebel, has been a college professor, college president and candidate for the U.S. Congress. He is an author, editor, public speaker, ordained minister, and recognized expert in worldview analysis and the decline of morality and spirituality in Western Civilization. In 1991, Noebel compiled his extensive knowledge about worldviews into a 900-page book called Understanding The Times. If you’ve heard the term “worldview,” you’ve likely been influenced by Noebel or by someone he influenced. His dedication and passion has left a lasting legacy, touching hundreds of thousands of lives for more than fifty years. David and his wife Alice live in Prescott, AZ. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

About David C Cook:
David C Cook is a leading nonprofit resource provider serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Illinois, Canada and the United Kingdom, David C Cook’s resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 160 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, today David C Cook publishes numerous bestselling fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music label, which produces over one-third of the top 100 praise and worship songs sung around the world. Additional information can be found at www.davidccook.com.

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