My whole young adult life has been a journey of rethinking what I believe and seeking to understand those with whom I disagree. This process has be accelerated in the past six months. More and more I am realizing that one of the biggest problems in society today is the inability to speak across differences. To add to that, one of the biggest challenges that the church faces today is the call to speak to a world that the church very often does not understand. There is no way forward without learning to understand the whole picture of our faith, as well as the foundational ideas that drive the world today.
I am very excited to spend a couple of days discussing these issues and more at our youth retreat this fall. It you want to get a running start on this stuff, I would encourage you to pick up one of these books and give it a read in the couple of months that we have before the retreat. The list is diverse! Pick what sounds most interesting to you, or anything else that you want to read on the topic of christian worldview. It will be very interesting to share what we learned from what we read.
Good Faith by David Kinnamen and Gave Lyons – this is a wonderful practical book on living as a christian in a society that things that you are extreme and irrelevant. This is a recent book and gives christians a great introduction to thinking about their surrounding world and culture and how they relate to it.
Escape From Reason by Francis Schaeffer – this is for the ones who like to really think and be challenged with ideas. In this powerful little book, Schaeffer traces the flow and transformation of ideas in Western Culture, starting with the Greeks and ending the post modern existentialists. It provides a fascinating bird’s eye of ideas over the last thousand years and shows how the christian worldview relates to it all.
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis – in this classic, C. S. Lewis powerfully takes us through the fundamentals of the christian worldview in a way that is very understandable and challenging to the modern mind.
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield – a very powerful story of God’s work of transformation in the life of Rosaria Butterfield – a feminist English professor actively living for many years in a lesbian relationship and an avid activist in the LGBT community. In addition to presenting an amazing story of the power of God to change people, Rosaria gives a powerful critique of church culture, its blindspots and weaknesses in its life in the world.
Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey – this is a big book. And yet I guarantee that it will change the way you see your christianity and its place in the world. In this powerful book , Nancy Pearcey gives a powerful argument for the need for christians to constantly be building a total worldview, a total application of the truth to all of life.
Who Made God? by Edgar Andrews – If you are interested in seeing things more from a scientific point of view, this is an amazing read. Andrews is a scientist and genius from across the ocean. He writes an amazing book that helps the christian see that all the modern scientific discoveries and theories have a most powerful place within a biblical perspective of origins. This is a fun and enlightening read.
You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith – this one is still on my reading list. A powerful current christian philosopher, Smith helps us think deeply about the foundations of our current post-modern generation. In this book he helps us see that one of the most powerful ways to explain who we are us understanding what captures our affections most.