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Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought (Hoffecker)

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Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought traces the historical development of the Western mind through ten eras. It explores the fundamental ideas that revolutionized the way in which people thought and acted from the ancient Greeks and the biblical writers through the Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

Table of Contents:

  1. Greeks Bearing Gifts – John M. Frame
  2. The Hebrew World-and-Life View – John D. Currid
  3. New Testament Worldview – Vern Sheridan Poythress
  4. Christianity from the Early Fathers to Charlemagne – Richard C. Gamble
  5. Medieval Theology and the Roots of Modernity – Peter J. Leithart
  6. The Renaissance – Carl Trueman
  7. The Reformation as a Revolution in Worldview – Scott Amos
  8. Enlightenments and Awakenings: The Beginning of Modern Culture Wars – W. Andrew Hoffecker
  9. The Age of Intellectual Iconoclasm: The Nineteenth-Century Revolt against Theism – Richard Lints
  10.  Philosophy Among the Ruins: The Twentieth Century and Beyond – Michael W. Payne


 “Learned and lucid, this multiauthor survey of Western thought about God and the world from the Greeks and Hebrews to the exotically furnished vagaries of our own time will be a boon to serious students. It is a major achievement.” — J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College

“Written from a standpoint that emphasizes the majesty and lordship of God, and his sovereignty in his redemptive purposes, these chapters provide us with knowledge and perspective crucial for an integrated understanding of history and philosophy, and for current cultural analysis and engagement.” — Ligon Duncan, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

“Like its predecessor, Building a Christian World View, the authors of this well-written volume recognize the immense intellectual and practical importance of the concept of worldview itself and its inescapable human significance. . . . I hope, as the editor does, that it will be used as a formidable text in capstone courses for undergraduates regardless of discipline. I also believe it will help cast a new vision for graduate and seminary education.” — David K. Naugle, professor of philosophy, Dallas Baptist University and author of Worldview: The History of a Concept

“Professor Hoffecker’s Revolutions in Worldview is an incisive collection of essays by leading Reformed scholars who examine the historical, philosophical, and cultural roots of Western civilization—and those ideas and movements that continue to challenge the credibility and vitality of Christian faith. I warmly recommend it for use as a text in all Christian colleges and seminaries.” — John Jefferson Davis, professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


W. Andrew Hoffecker (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Brown University) currently serves as Professor of Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary