Is it appropriate for especially a Christian to write a book with the title At home in God's world - a world full of misery and eventually death? The author's response is in the affirmative. Because this is God's world especially Christians should ...
be fully, that is involved with heart and mind. The title, therefore, neither accepts the viewpoint of some Christians that we are mere pilgrims, passing through foreign country en route to heaven, nor the contemporary secular belief that we are nomads on a way to nowhere. The title starts (in the first section) with the author's view of the Bible, the foundation of his Christian world view and philosophy. In this Reformational philosophy (explained in an elementary way in the second section) he therefore accepts in faith the reality of a God who created a perfect world, a home for many creatures, and - in spite of everything bad and sad - still upholds and directs it through His ordinances. In the third section our earthly nature is emphasised: We belong to this world - God's world - and are also living in the expectation of the final renewal of the same earth. Here and now we are called to visibly reflect Christ - the paradigmatic Example of being human. The final section explores a transforming paradigm for Christians' involvement in the different domains of social life. Over against both escapist Christianity and the secular philosophies of today, this integral, down to earth, Christian philosophy proclaims a clear message: This world, which belongs to God, is our real home in which - beyond personal piety and church walls - we have a God-given task to fulfill.
Number of pages: 556
Date of publication: 01/09/2009
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