Chris Chrisman Goes to College
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Chris Chrisman Goes to College

and faces the Challenges of Relativism, Individualism and Pluralism

by James W. Sire

Chris Chrisman Goes to College
  • Length: 155 pages
  • Published: August 16, 1993
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1656-9
  • Item Code: 1656
  • Case Quantity: 64

Chris Chrisman, a young Christian, goes to college only to have his world turned upside down. On campus he finds the challenges to his faith -- both intellectual and personal -- almost more than he can bear. Then he meets Bill Seipel and Bob Wong. Together, the three young men, two of them Christians and the other a self-styled atheist, forge a common bond in the quest for truth. In the process they confront some of the dominant ideologies of the secular university.

Weaving the story of Chris's first year on campus with separate expository chapters on such forces as individualism, pluralism, relativism and privitization, James Sire offers a helpful apologetic for those who are searching for truth in a postmodern world. He identifies no fewer than six types of relativism, from "All religions boil down to the same thing" and "It's true for you; it's not true for me" to "God does not exist; naturalism is true." Then in down-to-earth language Sire helps readers to think through these and other complex issues.

This is a great book for Christians looking to broaden their horizons before they go off to university., June 17, 2009


1. Chris Chrisman Goes to State
2. The Vortex of Modernity
3. Bob Wong Goes to State
4. Chris Chrisman Becomes a Student
5. Truth: A Mobile Army of Metaphors
6. Closing the Mind So Open That Everything Falls Out
7. Three's a Company
8. One's Enough
9. Four's a Community
10. Community amid Chaos
11. Bob Wong's Search for Jesus
12. In the Spring a Young Man's Fancy
13. The Public Face of Christian Faith
14. The Thinker Prays

James W. Sire

James W. Sire (1933–2018) was a widely-respected apologist, author, and lecturer who served for more than thirty years as senior editor at InterVarsity Press. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the seminal apologetics title The Universe Next Door, which was first published in 1976 and has sold over 350,000 copies in five editions and has been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

Born on a ranch on the rim of the Nebraska Sandhills, Sire served as an officer in the Army, a professor of English literature, philosophy, and theology, and a lecturer at over two hundred universities in the U.S., Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. He received a PhD in English from the University of Missouri, an MA in English from Washington State University, and a BA in chemistry and English from the University of Nebraska.

Sire's teaching and books often covered the concepts of worldview and Christian apologetics. He focused on the application of worldview thinking to the integration of Christian faith and the academic disciplines, as well as the nature of "signals of transcendence" and their relation to Christian life. His many books include The Universe Next Door, Apologetics Beyond Reason, Beginning with God, Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind, Naming the Elephant, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail, and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

For further information and a complete biography, see the IVP press release: James W. Sire, “A Keystone in the Intellectual Renewal of Evangelicalism,” Dies

BY James W. Sire

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