Transparent: How to See Through the Powerful Assumptions that Control You
David W. Richardson, Jr., author
The faith of atheists -- revealed in their assumptions Oxford University-educated apologist Dave Richardson starts the conversation with non-believers with this fact: We all make assumptions; some are true though most are not, and they control us, yet we don’t know what assumptions we make or how they affect us. And all are inherently religious, even those made by atheists. His intriguing ideas have been praised by Ravi Zacharias and Josh McDowell, and he’s even created an app to help people quickly see through the messages they encounter daily in the things they read, watch, and hear. How can someone bring God with them to work or school? How does God give us knowledge and guidance in the things that matter in real life? At the level of assumptions God is everywhere. It’s all outlined in his forthcoming book, Transparent: How to See Through the Powerful Assumptions That Control You. In the book, Dave “translates” the complex ideologies of the intellectuals into everyday language for everyday people. He is just launching Assumptions Institute, after a ministry to university academics with Cru, and his goal is to help Christian leaders engage with their faith in their public lives, not separate who they are and how they act in their professional lives from their lives of faith.
According to Richardson, founder and president of the Assumptions Institute ministry, assumptions are crucial elements of human nature that control thought processes and actions on a daily basis. Writing extensively about what he describes as different types of assumer personalities, he uses the Lewis and Clark expedition as a simplistic analogy for his quest to map the psychological effects of assumptions. Richardson introduces the Critical Assumptions Test, a tool to help visualize where assumptions come from, such as news stories and movies. He takes the reader through exercises to learn how to better use the CAT in evaluating assumptions and seeing how “God truly gives knowledge, wisdom, and guidance.” At times, the book becomes bogged down in theory, but Richardson achieves his goal of explaining how the CAT tool can be beneficial to those looking to deepen their faith. (BookLife)