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Trade Paperback
256 pages
Jun 2006
Bethany House Publishers

Blah, Blah, Blah: Making Sense of the World's Spiritual Chatter

by Bayard Taylor

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Review:

Moving beyond the standard how-to setup, Blah, Blah, Blah combines idea comparison with a step-by-step format. Opening with a strong contrast of major worldviews and the Christian worldview, the bulk of this book considers how to illuminate and explain Christianity to an increasingly verbal non-Christian society, and ways to keep yourself from ending up totally confused and far from your Lord.

Starting with the premise that Christian faith is intended to be public, Taylor helps his readers to become ‘walking billboards’ for the Christian viewpoint. Defining worldview as your set of underlying assumptions, controlling or fundamental beliefs, he takes the six billion or so worldviews and boils them down into six categories – giving brief but understandable, useable descriptions of each. Of these six, one is the Biblical worldview. Next Taylor takes up the problem of personal identity – as a Christian how do I fit into all this? Having laid this foundation, Blah, Blah, Blah then goes on to consider the legitimacy of Christianity and how it can be discussed with those who hold differing ideas.

A great deal of good information resides in these pages – clear explanations of such widely differing ideas as Transcendentalism, Henry David Thoreau’s beliefs, Karma, and where unclean spirits fit into all this. Taylor does not put Christian individuals on a pedestal, but instead points out past and present problem areas, along with selfish, harmful behaviors. He includes clear descriptions of the games other worldviews like to play with Christians. Comprehensible definitions of philosophical verbiage are sprinkled throughout, including Taoism, relativism, post-modernism, and deconstructionism. Contemporary issues such as PETA and The DaVinci Code are considered.

All this is done with humor, sympathy, humility, and a lot of research. Taylor holds a M.Div., works in Christian publishing, and is a lecturer on worldviews. Many and varied quotes embellish the narrative, but the Bible forms the foundation. Interesting illustrations and sidebars clarify the subject and draw the reader’s attention.

Written to attract the young adult, Blah, Blah, Blah has much in it that will help Christians trying to survive in today’s society. This book caught my interest, giving me a great deal of food for thought, along with clear instructions and suggestions for immediate implementation. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

Not everyone has a religion, but everyone has a worldview--that core set of beliefs through which you interpret your world. From music and media to professors and peers, you're exposed to different worldviews every day, and usually not from a biblical perspective. So how can you engage others in meaningful conversation if you don't know where they're coming from?

Forget the doctorate-level jargon. Discussing worldviews doesn’t have to be intimidating. This user-friendly book will help you understand where others are coming from—whether they embrace the Haunted worldview, Dueling Yodas, Omnipresent Supergalactic Oneness, WYSIWYG, or Designer Religion. Discover what these terms mean and how their worldview messages have crept into today’s culture. You’ll become a more confident, effective Christian representative in this increasingly pluralistic world.