Transforming Vision

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Brain Walsh and Richard Middleton collaborated to write, Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian World View, on the basis of their world view courses they taught between 1977 and 1983 on several Ontario university campuses. Brian Walsh serves as the Christian Reformed Church chaplain at the University of Toronto, while Richard Middleton is the assistant professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, New York. While neither Walsh nor Middleton are household names, both are qualified through their academic studies, vocational pursuits, and most importantly, their biblically based influences.

Walsh and Middeton seek to inspire a Christian world view by bringing scripturally based doctrines to produce obedience in a dualistic world. Transforming Vision is separated into 4 parts, each educating the reader on the reasons, problems, and solutions to the issues at hand. Part 1 introduces world views, what they are and how they affect us. World views are how we view the world around us through influences, they should answer four questions: Who am I?, Where am I?, What’s wrong, and What is the remedy? Additionally, Walsh and Middleton explain what makes a world view good; a Christian worldview should be a biblical worldview with mainly scripturally based information.

Part 2 analyzes a biblical worldview. Creation, the fall, and redemption are essential parts to the Christian perspective. By understand these biblical concepts; a true biblical worldview can be intergraded into a Christian perspective. Part 3 effectively analyzes in depth “the modern world view,” through explaining our motivations (mainly science, technological, and economic growth), dualism (separation of our lives as secular and sacred), and duality (biblical obedience or disobedience) the root of our problem is identified. Parts 1 through 3 prepare us for the conclusion of part 4, which analyzes the Christian perspective through scholarship and how it’s...
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