Rethinking Worldview: A Commercial Break

Every so often, I horn in on the discourse here to engage in a little shameless self-promotion. I hope you'll forgive me. Authors have to shine a light on their books, even if they aren't bound in goatskin!Today Mark Tubbs at has posted an extraordinarily positive review of my book Rethinking Worldview, as well as an interview he conducted with me after reading the book. It's hard not to blush in response to such lavish praise: " only complaint about this book and this author is that there’s only one of each." I'm especially pleased with his assessment of the way I've handled Scripture in the book, since it was very deliberate:

Rethinking Worldview definitely isn’t short on doctrine, but it’s not the hit-you-over-the-head kind. Bertrand freely admits where his theological and intellectual allegiances lie – be warned, he’s not afraid of labels. But there’s never an inkling of superiority in the text, which is as it should be, since Bertrand is trying to usher the reader towards a humbler, holistic – and dare I say, humane – approach to worldview. His nudging is always in concert with, and never opposed to, the fundamental doctrines of the faith. The biblical passages he brings to bear on his insights (or more accurately, the biblical passages that have informed his insights) never pop up extraneously; rather, they are seamlessly woven into the text and appear only in appropriate and helpful places. Bertrand never shoehorns a biblical reference into the text for the sake of having a biblical reference.

The interview is well worth reading, too. Mark probes into my take on "mystery," explores the importance of reading, and makes me defend my view that creative contribution should be the culmination of good worldview thinking. If you've read Rethinking Worldview, the review and interview should stimulate your thinking -- and if you haven't, then perhaps they'll inspire you to pick up a copy. Will it take more to convince you? Byron Borger at Hearts & Minds Books named Rethinking Worldview one of his favorites of 2007, and a recent review at Reformation 21 said, "Among recent contributions of this kind, Rethinking Worldview is most assuredly a mark above."