Author: Various; compiled by Gary Vaterlaus
Publisher: Master Books
War of the Worldviews discusses common questions faced by Christians in the culture. Written by various authors and scientists associated with Christian apologetics, the book addresses topics such as naturalism, human ancestry, astronomy, and the history of certain movements from a handful of scientific perspectives. Unlike the name suggests, I saw very little in this book about the “war” or conflict between worldviews. Although the authors did address this conflict, it was not in much detail or focus. However, I still learned some good information in this book.
I see this book more like a mini, restructured Answers book rather than a book about conflicting worldviews. For those who have not read those books, the Answers books address questions people ask about science and morality as they pertain to the Bible and culture. Among those answered questions in War of the Worldviews, I did find a couple of chapters in this book, especially those written by Dr. Lisle, intriguing and helpful. But most of the chapters, unfortunately, did not seem to flow with each other or do much to help build or deconstruct a worldview.
I suppose I expected a book whose main focus dealt with building a worldview or discussing various worldviews and how they conflict with a biblical worldview. While the first and final two chapters dealt specifically with worldviews, it was largely missing from the rest of the book. Instead, the middle chapters were more like answering various questions one might have about a particular topic. And while those were helpful, especially to someone new to the subject, I think the book’s subtitle does better to explain the subject matter rather than the actual title.
War of the Worldviews is fairly well-written, though. And this is a decent book for someone getting into the subject of Christian apologetics. And as always, Dr. Lisle’s writing is quite engaging. His chapters are well worth the read. But, this would not be the first book I would suggest for someone to read. I would probably recommend Life’s Big Questions for foundational learning or Creation: Basics and Beyond for the more advanced reader as it has more technical content. But perhaps after reading Life’s Big Questions, War of the Worldviews might be a secondary book to read. For sure, it does contain a lot of helpful information.
War of the Worldviews also contains a lot of fun images on many pages that either help to explain a point in that chapter or help the reader think a little differently on that subject. I found some of them to be a tad cheesy, but they are still pretty fun and are useful for the visual learner. The book is also relatively brief. While it took me a while to get through because I was busy with other projects, at fewer than 200 pages, you could easily get through this book in a couple of days and learn a good deal, too.
Blessings to you and yours,
~Madelyn Rose Craig