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How now shall we live?
Colson, Charles W.
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Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, [1999]

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xiv, 574 pages ; 24 cm
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2000 Gold Medallion Award winner! Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that not only answers life's basic questions--Where did we come from, and who are we? What has gone wrong with the world? What can we do to fix it?--but also shows us how we should live as a result of those answers. How Now Shall We Live? gives Christians the understanding, the confidence, and the tools to confront the world's bankrupt worldviews and to restore and redeem every aspect of contemporary culture: family, education, ethics, work, law, politics, science, art, music. This book will change every Christian who reads it. It will change the church in the new millennium.

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Charles Colson is a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he has written several books, including Born Again, Loving God, Kingdoms in Conflict, and The Body, that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects. In 1993 Colson was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, given for extraordinary leadership and originality in advancing humanity's understanding of God.
Nancy Pearcey is policy director of the Wilberforce Forum, executive editor of Chuck Colson's daily radio program BreakPoint, and coauthor of Colson's monthly column in Christianity Today. She is also a fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal for Science and Culture, and managing editor of the journal Origins and Design. Pearcey's expertise in worldview analysis began when she studied under Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland in the early 1970s.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

International prison ministry leader Colson, most famous for his role in the Watergate scandal and his subsequent conversion to Christianity, has co-written with Pearcey what he believes to be the most important book of his career. Picking up where the late American theologian Francis Schaeffer's book and film series How Then Shall We Live? left off, Colson attempts to explain why American culture has become "post-Christian" and what must be done to "rebuild it with a biblical worldview." He believes that Christian salvation is not just personal but "cosmological," redeeming all of creation. Colson's work is a mixed bag. When he outlines his theology, shares personal stories or explains the various Supreme Court cases that touch upon religion's role in American life, he is thoughtful and articulate, yet the work suffers from a narrow perspective and an overdependence on the opinions of a few others, especially Schaeffer. As the author of a book that ostensibly engages recent developments in science, art and philosophy from a Christian point of view, Colson too easily dismisses opposing views without expressing a full understanding of them (Stephen Hawking's time theories amount to "little more than fantasy," for example). Such an approach to humanist ideas makes this a sermon strictly for the evangelical choir, although Colson intends the book to inspire debate in the wider culture and Tyndale is launching a $250,000 marketing campaign to sell it. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction--How Now Shall We Live?p. ix
Part 1 Worldview: Why it Matters
1 A New Creationp. 3
2 Christianity Is a Worldviewp. 13
3 Worldviews in Conflictp. 19
4 Christian Truth in an Age of Unbeliefp. 27
Part 2 Creation: Where Did We Come From, and Who are We?
5 Dave and Katy's Metaphysical Adventurep. 41
6 Shattering the Gridp. 51
7 Let's Start at the Very Beginningp. 57
8 Life in a Test Tube?p. 69
9 Darwin in the Dockp. 81
10 Darwin's Dangerous Ideap. 91
11 A Matter of Lifep. 101
12 Whatever Happened to Human Life?p. 117
13 In Whose Image?p. 129
14 God Makes No Mistakesp. 141
Part 3 The Fall: What has Gone Wrong With the World?
15 The Trouble with Usp. 147
16 A Better Way of Living?p. 151
17 Synanon and Sinp. 169
18 We're All Utopians Nowp. 175
19 The Face of Evilp. 187
20 A Snake in the Gardenp. 193
21 Does Suffering Make Sense?p. 203
Part 4 Redemption: What Can We do to Fix it?
22 Good Intentionsp. 217
23 In Search of Redemptionp. 225
24 Does It Liberate?p. 231
25 Salvation through Sex?p. 237
26 Is Science Our Savior?p. 245
27 The Drama of Despairp. 253
28 That New Age Religionp. 263
29 Real Redemptionp. 273
Part 5 Restoration: How Now Shall We Live?
30 The Knockout Punchp. 283
31 Saved to What?p. 293
32 Don't Worry, Be Religiousp. 307
33 God's Training Groundp. 317
34 Still at Riskp. 331
35 Anything Can Happen Herep. 345
36 There Goes the Neighborhoodp. 361
37 Creating the Good Societyp. 373
38 The Work of Our Handsp. 383
39 The Ultimate Appealp. 397
40 The Basis for True Sciencep. 419
41 Blessed Is the Manp. 431
42 Soli Deo Gloriap. 439
43 Touched by a Miraclep. 455
44 Does the Devil Have All the Good Music?p. 465
45 How Now Shall We Live?p. 477
With Gratitudep. 489
Notesp. 493
Recommended Readingp. 545
Indexp. 561
About the Authorsp. 573