Subscribe now

Toxic Ideas Polluting your Mind

By Anthony Selvaggio
July 2012 | Review by Paul Mackrell
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-59638-196-4
  • Pages: 128
  • Price: 7.51
Buy this book »

Book Review

Toxic Ideas Polluting your Mind

Anthony Selvaggio

P&R Publishing

128 pages, £7.51

ISBN: 978-1-59638-196-4

Star Rating: 4

 

An earlier generation warned believers of the dangers of worldliness. Anthony Selvaggio does much the same thing here. But whereas Christian preachers and writers may once have been content to call upon Christians to stop drinking at worldly fountains, Selvaggio goes right back to the source of the pollution at the bottom of the well – the mind.

      In doing so he identifies seven current worldviews and describes them. Far from being alternative views they tend rather to go together in a loose but fairly coherent framework. In fact most people in society would happily embrace the whole lot as a single entity without ever troubling to question where they came from, what they mean or where they might lead. They simply follow the crowd. Paul’s description of Satan as ‘the ruler of the kingdom of the air’ does not mean that he is floating around in the air, but that his worldview pervades our very atmosphere. We breathe his air without appreciating it. 

      Love of everything new, individualism, consumerism, relativism are examples of worldviews which confront the Bible-believing Christian head-on. Selvaggio writes in a lucid and highly engaging style. In describing our immoderate love for the two-dimensional world of technology he speculates; ‘what if the Good Samaritan had been wearing an ipod?’

      The book goes beyond a mere identification of current thinking. A careful analysis of the air is not enough and we are taken further in being shown, with force and precision, how the poisonous fumes have penetrated church life to an alarming extent. The church is choking and, in some places, choking to death.

      Anybody reading this book might feel humbled but they would not feel hectored. It is written with tenderness and balance. As Joel Beeke says in a note of commendation: ‘Like a good doctor, Selvaggio does not rail at us about our illness; he aims to heal and so offers solutions in Christ.’

      This book is highly recommended for anyone seeking to understand the times in which we live. It is a breath of fresh air.

 

Paul Mackrell,

Dorking

 

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Christian and Technology
John V. Fesko

Even the most hardened Luddite will find himself using a satnav, mobile phone, or email on occasion. But John Fesko urges us not to reach for the latest gadget without thinking carefully about how it might shape our minds, relationships,…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Christ Victorious: Selected Writings of Hugh Martin
Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin (1822–1885) was one of those 19th century Scottish theologians whose published works have stood the test of time. With good reason, for his works are consistently sound, reverent, edifying, and challenging to mind and heart. This is a…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
God’s design for women in an age of gender confusion
Sharon James

Is our belief in male headship culturally outdated, and should we see alternative ideas of marriage as ‘progress’? Is it possible to be born into the wrong body, and is sexual freedom good for women? Does Scripture show us a…

Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
Owen Strachan

These three punchy books address pressing issues: what the Bible teaches about lust (on desire), about homosexuality (on Biblical sexuality) and about transgenderism (on identity). The trilogy approach keeps each book short and focused while dovetailing effectively. Each book has…