"A most magnificently useful book."

E. M. Blaiklock

"If you are looking for an introductory exposition of prominent world views, I know of no better book "

Nicholas Wolterstorff

"The most readable presentation of alternative systems that I have ever seen."

Russ Bush
Southwestern Journal of Theology


When The Universe Next Door was first introduced, it set the standard for a clear readable introduction to world views. In concise, easily understood terms James W. Sire explained the basics of theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern monism and the new consciousness.

But much has happened in the decade since the book was first released. Chief among the changes is the recognition that the new consciousness which many felt was a passing fad has firmly entrenched itself as New Age philosophy-with actress Shirley MacLaine as its new leading exponent.

In response to this and other developments Sire has undertaken the task of revising the entire work adding sections on Marxism and secular humanism, as well as completely rewriting the chapter on the New Age and updating bibliographies. The result is a fresh, upto-date version of the classic introduction to worldview thinking.

The Universe Next Door has been translated into several 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. Dr. James W. Sire, formerly associate professor of English at Northern Illinois University, is senior editor of InterVarsity Press and a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities. He is also the author of Shirley MacLaine and the New Age Movement, How to Read Slowly and Scripture Twisting.


"To think intelligently today is to think world-viewishly, to come to terms with the mosaic of meaning systems which makes up modern thinking. This book is a clear introduction and invaluable guide."

Os Guinness
author of The Dust of Death and The Gravedigger File



THE UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR
James W. Sire


InterVarsity Press
Downer's Grove, Illinois 60515

ISBN : 0-8308-1220-2