Thinking Against the Grain by N. Allan Moseley

Thinking Against the Grain: Developing a Biblical Worldview in a Culture of MythsThinking Against the Grain: Developing a Biblical Worldview in a Culture of Myths by N. Allan Moseley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spectacular book and well needed in this day of relativism. Too many Christians do not have a biblical worldview, but instead are caught up in whatever the culture around them says and does. We need to think critically and evaluate based on what the Bible says, not just what makes us feel good or happy. This book addresses the importance of having a biblical worldview, and what that worldview looks like relating to current popular cultural topics.

I wish every Christian would read this book and listen to what it has to say. It bothers me that so many Christians do not think critically or exercise discernment. Right thinking leads to right living while wrong thinking leads to wrong living. Living according to the Bible is not popular. It will be costly. But it is what God commands us to do as disciples of Jesus.

Quotes:
“So, this book has several purposes, but two of these are primary. First, we would motivate and enable people to think biblically. What does it mean to think as a Christian, and how does that thought process differ from other common ways of thinking? Second, we would demonstrate the contours of a consistently biblical worldview. What are distinguishing benchmarks of a Christian worldview? What are some practical, or ethical, implications of thinking that is faithful to the Bible?”

“…an unprecedented level of immorality is being accepted and practiced within the church because Christians have not developed a Christian view of the moral issues of our time. They are not thinking biblically. This book is written with the prayer that all the church will yet practice biblical thinking and living, and will influence the culture to do the same.”

What does it mean to love God with our minds? It means to become more mentally equipped to live the Christian life, more committed to the propositional truth of the Word of God, and more dedicated to use our minds for the glory of God.”

“…Christians ought to be thinking and studying people…” “…we ought to know the content of the Bible and how to interpret it…we ought to be fully conversant with the substance and proscriptions of historic Christian orthodoxy….we should know what we believe and why we believe it.”

“Christians have an appalling lack of knowledge of, and commitment to, the Bible. They understand little of theology.”
“If those who identify themselves as Christians either do not know basic biblical concepts or are not committed to those concepts, it would be optimistic in the extreme to expect them to have constructed a biblical view of life and to be able to respond cogently to philosophical challenges to that worldview.”

“…theology is disappearing among the clergy.” “Greater importance is placed upon the minister as manager of a corporation, agent of growth, counselor of the codependent, and motivator of volunteers, than on theological preparation to lead people to know God and to shun false ideologies. Wells states that the point in the modern church seems to be to respond to the felt needs of people, giving them what they want, rather than to respond to the truth of the Bible, giving them what they need.”

“…many Christians live by the premise that the church and God exist to ‘meet my needs,’ and they would be shocked to find out that it is really the other way around – we exist to glorify God.”
“Within two generations we shifted from the values of self-restraint and deferred gratification to self-love and the psychology of entitlement.”

So many more good points are brought out in this book such as how morality has suffered because of the lack of biblical knowledge and living by God’s principles. Postmodernism, relativism, pluralism and naturalism are all examined and how they affect worldview. Excellent book and recommended highly.

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