Book review: 'The Secret Battle of Ideas About God: Overcoming the Outbreak of Five Fatal Worldviews'

Brian Estell

Today it seems that thinking is out of style and what really counts is emotion, but The Secret Battle of Ideas About God shows how that cultural trend results in a worldview that is deadly.

The dominating worldviews of our day assume that passion is legitimate no matter how unfounded, far-fetched, and misleading it is. Those who hold to the correspondence view of truth—the notion that the legitimacy of an idea is determined by whether it corresponds to reality—are dismissed, marginalized, smeared, and slandered.

Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, has spent decades teaching Christian youth how to think critically in spite of a culture that tempts them to view Christianity as hopelessly irrelevant. He effectively shows us how all reality is ultimately grounded in God.

We all struggle with the universal human questions: Am I loved? Why do I hurt? Does my life have meaning? Why can’t we just get along? Is there any hope for the world? The answers to these questions are caught from church, culture, family, friends, and now social media, forming our worldview.

But how do we form a distinctively Christian worldview? That’s the purpose of the book, Dr. Myers says:  “We’ll learn how to identify the bad ideas that target us. We’ll learn how to immunize ourselves with good ideas that assure us we are loved, enable us to be patient in suffering, help us find our callings, bring us into peaceful community with others, and replace despair with hope.”

Dr. Myers goes through five basic worldviews that we all encounter: Secularism, Marxism, Postmodernism, New Spirituality, and Islam. Laid against the backdrop of love, hope, hurt, and the meaning of life, these worldviews are weighed in the balance and are shown to contain totally inadequate answers.

In his classic 1978 book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” The Secret Battle of Ideas About God drives home this truth in way that is accessible to Christian youth coming of age in 2019. It’s an excellent resource for every Christian family. 

Samaritan Ministries member Dr. Kathy Koch calls 'Secret Battle' a 'must-read'

Dr. Kathy Koch, founder and president of Celebrate Kids, and Samaritan Ministries member, says, “Parents: if you want your kids to choose the truth and follow Christ, this is a must-read. Your children’s worldviews affect everything in their lives, and you play a vital role in forming it. In The Secret Battle of Ideas about God, Dr. Myers offers an unforgettable way to spot and defeat bad ideas that attack us like viruses. Using easy-to-understand language and vibrant illustrations, he shows you how to discipline your children toward a worldview based on Jesus so they can stay strong and not waver in a culture waiting to infect them with lies. Read this practical, important book!” 

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