Reading and Writing

Three Views of Everything

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If you have looked at the first few entries on this new website, you have probably discerned that one of the themes is “Reading and Writing.” As my wife and I embark on a journey of more writing and publishing, we want to read good things and write good things. Sharing them with our own readers is one good way to keep us motivated.

Today’s brief book review is on a book titled Three Views of Everything.

Ellis Potter, an old friend, wrote this fascinating littlebook.  (Go to  http://www.ellispotter.com/3-theories-of-everything.html to learn more). This is a book about worldview (shudder!). These days, we read and hear a lot about worldview. There are worldview camps and worldview books, and worldview seminars, and worldview ministries, and worldview websites. Just what is a worldview?

  • The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.
  • A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.

John Calvin explained once that there are two things of which we must have understanding if we are to have an authentic, comprehensive world view: “First, of the mode in which God is duly worshipped; and, secondly, the source from which salvation is to be obtained.” (Selected Works of John Calvin, p. 126).

This is what The Ellis (which is how  refer to Mr. Potter) is attempting to explain to us. He’s done so admirably. Readers seem to agree. In fact, he commented to me that, “Reviews have come in from two 13 year olds and one truck driver, so I guess the book is for everyone.”

The Ellis is different. This book is different, too. I’ve read numerous books on this thing called “worldview.” Few describe the situation like this: “In terms of world views, there is one-ism, two-ism, and three-ism.” (p. 2). He does explain, along the way, that many folks refer to these categories of thought as Monism, Dualism, and Trinitarianism.

The last section of this book is particularly valuable (which is not to compare the other portions of the book in an unfavorable light). Titled simply, “45 Questions,” this segment of the whole deals with representative questions The Ellis has heard over the years. Of course, he also provides answers. He wrote to me “Answering a lot of questions in this book was supposed to save time, but it has actually gotten worse.”  He recognizes, of course,  the necessity of continuing to ask questions, for he also states “Of the asking of questions there is, thankfully, no end.  It is part of what keeps us alive and human.”

To read a fuller review click here.

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