How to See Through the Powerful Assumptions That Control You
“This is an important book on a tremendously important subject. That there has been an intentional and systematic indoctrination of Americans with false and pernicious ideas is horrific, but this fine book helps us understand what has happened and helps us also see how we can — and absolutely must — oppose those ideas.” – Eric Metaxas, Host, The Eric Metaxas Show, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, and If You Can Keep It
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Assumptions are the most potent of ideas, but also the least understood. Transparent reveals what assumptions we make, how they control us, and how they are all inherently religious. Even atheists are religious at the level of their assumptions. Some assumptions are true and most are not. How can you tell without being an intellectual? Transparent introduces the Transparent App, an innovative and creative tool that helps people quickly see through the messages they encounter daily in the things they read, watch, and hear using the power of assumptions.
The Transparent App is simple enough for a student to use, but powerful enough for adults to find God and engage with Him in their areas of interest, expertise, and leadership. 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.
Transparent is not just a theoretical theological exercise for intellectuals. It “translates” the complex ideologies of the intellectuals into everyday language for everyday people. Written more like an adventure than a textbook, Transparent is a refreshing departure from the usual books about apologetics, theology, and culture. Students, parents, pastors, and professionals will all love Transparent.
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“There are a few thinkers whose insights changed the world. J.K. Rowling, a British woman, earned billions of dollars in her books about Harry Potter that became popular movies. The General Theory of Relativity that defines the sciences came out of Albert Einstein’s relentless curiosity. Hassan al-Banna assembled what became the jihadist movement, Muslim Brotherhood, which is behind the formation of the Muslim Student Association on American campuses. The founder of the globally dominant Apple, Steve Jobs, accomplished it before he died in his 50’s. The inventors of nuclear power and the atomic and hydrogen bombs changed the world. And the Intelligentsia successfully infiltrated universities with ideas that emasculated Christianity and have changed America and the world.
The main approach that Christians employ to defend their faith in the world is apologetics and worldviews. David Richardson goes beyond these and does something better. He does not simply “defend.” He is the only one that I know who uncovers the weakness of the intellectuals in universities, the media, government, and culture. David provides a powerful offense, and does so in a winsome fashion. His thinking redefines what it means to be a public Christian. The words “changing the world” are dangerous. The insights in Transparent show what changing the world means.”J. Stanley Oakes
“Transparent is written as a) a popular book for the lay Christian audience, and as b) a scholarly treatise that will become an essential reference textbook for clergy and laity. It addresses the widespread problem of “Christian disengagement” by the lay Christian people with the un-discipled public in Western culture. Richardson elaborates a careful study of the root problems facing Christians who attempt to engage a culture that is largely un-discipled by the Christian movement. With the problems clearly analyzed, he moves on to offer a solution to the problems that can be used by young and more mature Christians. This solution will also appear as an “App” that can be placed on your appropriate electronic device. Numerous examples are given in the text to show how the tool can be used to engage effectively the un-discipled people. In addition, Dave shows how this general methodology described in Transparent can be applied to one’s own profession to become a more effective disciple in that work arena. I endorse with enthusiasm the book Transparent as the next text that you buy for your library. It will become your next best “literary friend” for many years to come.”Mark G. White, Ph.D.
“David Richardson has written what is perhaps the most insightful book to date on the “spiritual but not religious” generation. While most analyses of this phenomenon amount to little more than hand-wringing, Transparent tackles head on a likely source of the trouble: the lack of vital Christianity in the lives of parents and adults in the millennial generation. I highly recommend this book.”Greg Thornbury
“I’m not a smart guy. I always need outside help to think and live in a way that honors Christ and reflects His glory. David Richardson is one of my sources of help. His book Transparent helps us all—students and parents, pastors and people—understand the assumptions behind the beliefs and behaviors we encounter in all realms of life. David gives us much help as we bear witness to Christ and make ethical choices. I enthusiastically recommend the book!”B. Keith Moore