The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog

Version: Unabridged
Author: James W. Sire
Narrator: Grover Gardner
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2006
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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When The Universe Next Door was first introduced more than twenty years ago, it set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. In concise, easily understood prose, James W. Sire explained the basics of theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern monism and the new consciousness. Later editions have updated and expanded to include important sections on Marxism, secular humanism, New Age philosophy, and postmodernism. The Universe Next Door has been translated into many languages and has been used as a text at over one hundred colleges and universities in courses ranging from apologetics and world religions to history and English literature. This latest edition will continue to aid students, teachers and anyone who wants to understand the variety of worldviews that compete with Christianity.

Reviews (3)


Written by Anonymous on May 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is a Christian perspective on different philosophical positions or stances a man (yes "man" does indeed stand for "individual" or "person"; it always has) can take in the world we live in. Other books, written from secular, pluralistic, humanistic, anti-traditionalist, everybody-hold-hands-and-pass-the-peace-pipe viewpoints are just as biased as books written from, say, Roman Catholic or Evangelical viewpoints. Neither is objective because objectivity and neutrality are myths. Everyone is biased: that's life; get over it. Choose a side and start coping.

Too wordy; don't talk down to me

Written by Jodi Smith on October 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The blurb says that it is concise; I take issue with that. If this is supposed to be an intro to philosophy for Everyman, the author talks too much--and unnecessarily. I understand enough about philosophy to understand the need at times to be wordy for the sake of defining one's terms, but I found myself zoning out as it just keep blabbing on... I gave it 2 stars because some of the info *is* worthwhile...too bad he reduced the effectiveness of his communication.

Evangelicism Disguised as Open-Minded Intellectualism

Written by Anonymous from Oakland, CA on May 3rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

While the author pretends to be presenting a catalog of the prominent worldviews of humankind, his actual thesis is to prove that theism, and specifically Christianity, is the correct worldview. By the final chapter I felt duped and angered by this intellectual bait and switch. Additionally, he gives scant mention to non-Western philosophies. If you're interested in hearing a logically laid out argument about why Christianity is best, then this would be a good choice, but if you want to make up your own mind, try reading Huston Smith or another less biased author.

Author Details

Author Details

Sire, James W.

James W. Sire (Ph.D., University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe. His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Naming