Book Review: Hidden Worldviews by Wilkens & Sanford

Hidden Worldviews

Virtually every Wednesday morning I meet a couple of my good friends at a local restaurant for coffee and a bagel. We use this time to sharpen iron by discussing the books we’ve been reading together. One of the books that has recently fueled our discussions is Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives by Steve Wilkens and Mark L. Sanford. While most books of this sort tackle the major worldview categories one might learn in a college class on religion or apologetics (e.g. Theism, Deism, Pantheism, etc.), this book specifically targets other worldviews that generally fly-under-the-radar. That is, this book addresses worldviews that are more commonly absorbed through our culture rather than through the classroom (e.g. Individualism, Consumerism, Nationalism, etc). One of the things I appreciate about this book is that it does not merely point out a number of non-Christian worldviews, but it also clearly articulates what a Christian worldview looks like. Its strength is in laying out the Christian worldview in terms of the over-arching story of the Bible. While I highly recommend this book, I caution that it is not for the faint of heart. Prepare to have your toes stepped on and your own worldview challenged. This book has reminded me how much Christians are influenced by the cultural stories of which they are a part. As a result, it has challenged me to seek to bring my thinking about myself and the world around me more in line with the Scriptures.