In this important book a reasonable, biblically based epistemology is used to discuss the limits of argument and the role of religious knowing based on spirit. The book covers all major areas of apologetics, evaluating, critiquing, and reapplying the cultural apologetics of Schaeffer, Rookmaaker, and others.
|Edition description:||Updated Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.96(d)|
About the Author
Daniel Juster has taught apologetics since 1971 at various schools, including Trinity College, Messiah Biblical Institute, the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Yeshiva, and colleges in Korea and Brazil. He earned a M.Div. at McCormick Seminary and a Th.D. at New Covenant International Seminary.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Biblical World View, by Daniel Juster, is a book which examines the worldview as prescribed by the Christian Bible. It is clear throughout the entire book that Juster has thoroughly examined the topics covered both on an academic level and a personal level and that this examination has left him a knowledgeable and deeply committed Christian. While this is clear, it has not biased the writing style or the tone of the discussion to be one that is only applicable to fellow believers. The language of the book is neutral and the topics discussed are not glossed over with platitudes of faith but are instead examined from both worldviews and thus provides a very balanced and representative account of each view. Juster has divided the book into four sections and I found each of them to be informative and forced me to confront some of my preconceptions. The first section, which essentially lays the foundation for the remainder of the book, examines different approaches to apologetics as well as the verification process. Although I lacked the verbiage to articulate it, I am particularly drawn to the Objectivist (Evidentialist) Approach, as was C.S. Lewis. Juster has done an excellent job of explaining each approach in plain, easy to understand language. This approach relies on the concept that there is an universal criteria of evidence and logic which can then be used to argue for truth in science and religion. While this approach clearly resonates with me, Juster has also articulated its limitations, namely that an Eastern worldview may very well dismiss the very premise of this approach let alone any position it sought to move forward. I found that, by presenting both sides in an unbiased manner, Juster delivered a welcome reminder that the reader inevitable brings their own worldview into the equation; even while reading this very book on worldviews! The section closes with the framework that will be used for the remainder of the book. This framework is well-explained and validated; and can be summed up in the statement that any theory, if it is true, must consistently tie together all of the relevant experiential data in a comprehensive and coherent manner. The second section, which essentially outlines today’s Contemporary Worldview, exposes the reader to the evolution of worldviews, beginning with Ancient Greece and an examination of modern-day arts and literature. The writing style utilized draws upon a list format often and I found this to be extremely helpful. The bullet point-like descriptions were succinct and written in the plain language. The net result is that the reader is left with a clear and concise understanding of what originally appeared to be a complex concept. This technique clearly draws out the natural conclusions of Hegel and his dialectical thought as well as that of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. This is then all tied together to demonstrate how modern culture points to the truth of the Biblical Worldview. In the third section Juster attacks the objections to the Biblical Worldview. He readily examines the problem of evil in this world as well as the argument that the Biblical World is empirically false. He again utilizes simply language and breaks down the various positions to their roots and then draws the natural conclusions. Following this he provides a comprehensive answer from the Biblical Worldview. He concludes with an eighteen point summary of the solution to the problem of evil which gives the reader a solid foundation upon which to draw upon in response to this issue. The fourth, and final, section is an examination of the Bible itself. Juster voluntarily omits any example from Scripture that has even the slightest dispute upon when it was written and restricts his observations to the portion of the text that is clearly established. This portion of the book not only provides the reader with a solid foundation of prophecy and the character of Jesus, but is also an excellent review of the accuracy and inerrancy of the modern day Bible. In conclusion, Juster presents a solid foundation upon which the reader can confidently assert that the Biblical Worldview is the most consistent, coherent, and comprehensive method of understanding our current world conditions. He has achieved this by providing a practical view of the world around us as well as validating that the Christian Bible is a trustworthy revelation from God to man. Juster has fully recognized that, as he quotes Blaise Pascal on page 293, “there is sufficient evidence for faith for the willing but insufficient for the stubbornly unwilling.” Given this view, Juster would no doubt give the credit of any growth in faith that a reader may experience to the Holy Spirit, however, it can certainly be said that this book provides a well-thought out presentation of the arguments that will certainly cause the Skeptic to question and the Believer to grow in their maturity and understanding.
The Biblical World View, An Apologetic, by Dr. Daniel Juster provides a cogent defense of the faith from a biblical perspective. Even more importantly, the book defends biblical truth as a valid concept in a world that does not even know if truth exists. Dr. Juster demands that the reader engage his brain as he embarks on a journey to discover whether a biblical world view can stand the test of reason, philosophies, and culture. Dr. Juster takes the reader through various approaches to apologetics explaining key elements, then describes why these approaches alone are not adequate to explain truth to the unbeliever or skeptic. He presents an historical overview of a number of the philosophies, theologies, and thought processes. Dr. Juster examines how these philosophies have impacted our modern world in relation to art, culture, music, and how the modern world perceives truth itself. He includes secular humanism, Greek philosophy, Aristotle, the European academies, the impact of science and rationalism, evolution, all which have impacted modern thought and culture today. Dr. Juster then presents the superiority of a biblical approach to defining truth using evidence from creation, prophecy fulfilled, the character of Jesus, and even presents evidence that miracles exist to support the biblical world view. Dr. Juster concludes his book explaining the veracity of the Bible, and why a thinking person can trust that is true, giving justification for Godly inspiration of the Bible. Christians will be able to identify where they have internalized some of the secular philosophies and find a way back to solid Biblical values. This book will provide Believers with a “craftsman” tool set to discuss and defend Biblical truth.
Apologetics was a new subject for me to study. This was our major text. I found myself enthralled with the topics at hand. The material was presented in a way that moved me not unlike the thrill of reading Jonathan Edwards' book, RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS. A high point for me is the chapter on creation and evolution. Much space is given to the evidence of fulfilled prophecy in scripture. Juster points out how Jesus actually fulfilled what is written about him, his life, death and resurrection. Also, however, it is shown that the role of the Holy Spirit is essential. Only when a hungry person reads and responds to the impression from the Holy Spirit is the truth able to change the life of the reader.