Posted by Pastoral Musings on September 24th, 2013
The good folks at Cross Focused Reviews have provided us with Apostate by Kevin Swanson for review. Note that providing this book came with no obligation to write a positive review; and no financial remuneration was given for this review.
Apostate is an amazing book, and is written by a man who is well qualified to present the evidence found in the book.
Swanson’s experience and studies enable him to show us that ideas have consequences. Sadly this world is full of ungodly ideas, and the consequences of them are disastrous.
For many generations ungodly ideas have been affecting our world. Where we are today as a society, nation, churches, and even as families, is the result of so many of the ideas that have been present in our world for ages of time.
These ideas, Swanson shows, have been built upon from one generation to the next. The results are nothing less than appalling, heartbreaking, and destructive.
Beginning with Thomas Aquinas, the darling of so many professing Christians, Swanson shows how that the divorcing of Scripture and reasoning lead to terrible ends. One generation of philosophers has built upon the folly of the preceding generations.
Finally, these errant ideas no longer need the philosophers. They are now presented to us in our literature and pop culture. Yes, your favorite cultural icon is probably presenting the mad philosophy of Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Sartre, among others.
Rather than give spoilers, I’d rather say that we need to take away a few things from reading this book:
1. Ideas do have consequences.
2. Intellectuals and scholars are not neutral. Far too many are anti-theists whose goals are to rid us of allegiance to the Christian God.
3. Literature is not neutral. Many authors have goals, even in their fiction. Be aware of apostasy among the so-called classics.
4. Music and media are also promoting ideas and lifestyles that have consequences. For several generations now, pop music has been promoting the idea that man can live without God and do it “My Way”.
5. So, too, the educational establishment has goals that are beyond that of simply imparting knowledge of the “Three R’s”. There, too, and especially there, we find ungodly ideas at work.
Parents and pastors especially need to be aware of this and work to counter those ideas by instilling godly ideas and values in the minds of their children.
Part 1 – The Nephilim
Chapter 1 Apostasy
Chapter 2 The Contours of the Battle
Chapter 3 Thomas Aquinas – Forming the Humanist Synthesis
Chapter 4 René Descartes – Forming the Humanist Philosopher
Chapter 5 John Locke – Forming the Humanist Theologian
Chapter 6 Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Forming the Humanist Society
Chapter 7 Jeremy Bentham – Forming the Humanist Ethic
Chapter 8 Ralph Waldo Emerson – Forming the Humanist Person
Chapter 9 Karl Marx – Forming the Humanist Political State
Chapter 10 Charles Darwin – Forming the Humanist Scientist
Chapter 11 Friedrich Nietzsche – Forming the Humanist Psychology
Chapter 12 John Dewey – Forming the Humanist Education
Chapter 13 Jean-Paul Sartre – Forming the Humanist Culture
Part 2 – The Literary Nephilim
Chapter 14 William Shakespeare (Macbeth: What’s The Metaphysic?)
Chapter 15 Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter: Severing the Heritage)
Chapter 16 Mark Twain (Huckleberry Finn: Rejecting The Faith)
Chapter 17 Ernest Hemingway & John Steinbeck (Twentieth Century Liturature)
Part 3 – The Cultural Nephilim
Chapter 18 Pandora’s Machine
Chapter 19 Gardens in the Ashes
About the Author:
Homeschooled himself in the 1960′s and 70′s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits. Kevin has 43 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Director of Generations with Vision – a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come. For the last 4 years Kevin has hosted a daily radio program – Generations Radio – the world’s largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview program that reaches families across the US and in over 100 countries.
Kevin has also served as the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado for the last nine years. He has also authored several popular books for homeschoolers, including Apostate, Upgrade-10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child, The Second Mayflower, the Family Bible Study Guide Series, and others.
Kevin Swanson also serves as a teaching elder in a historical Christian church in the South Denver Metro area (www.reformationchurch.com).
- Publisher: Generations With Vision (2013)
- ISBN: 9780985365158
- Page Count: 303