Apostate Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  September 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West by Kevin SwansonThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West by Kevin Swanson. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“The reader will be thoroughly engaged in the subject matter as Swanson systematically discusses the vast influence men like Dewey, Twain, Nietzsche, and many others have had on our society. Understanding their influence will assist the believer to be able to recognize what these varied apostasies are and more importantly, how to respond to them. This is an especially important book I believe for parents and pastors to read as they will become acutely aware of just how far and wide the godless influence of these apostate Nephilim has been.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a hefty, meaty book, but it is very accessible even to young people 13 and up. It is going on the “must read” list of books for my teens. I recommend it, too, for anyone who would like to have a grasp of the historical connections between the ideas of these men and the major problems we are facing in our world today as a result. Only by understanding WHY we are here, will we be able to find our way out.”
Reviewer: Natalie Klejwa (VisionaryWomanhood.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Apostate is an eye opening, insightful, and worthwhile read, especially if you are concerned about the state of Western civilization and wondering, “How did we get here?””
Reviewer: Brian Cosby (ServantsOfGrace.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Eye-opening account of the men who dismantled Western Christianity”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor (mtaylor.thoughts.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“If the topics of religion, philosophy, ethics, and Western culture are important to you, then this book will both inform and challenge you. Clearly Mr. Swanson has done his homework and his scathing rebuke of these individuals rings loud and clear. I recommend this book because I think it is an important contribution to the discussion and because I think that Mr. Swanson’s hard labor of research affords him a seat in the conversation. ”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (declinationblog.wordpress.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book was an eye-opening read, and one that I know I will use as a reference tool many times over during the next few years. Mr. Swanson does an outstanding job of showing how the secular philosophy of a few men had major negative influences on the Western world.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Apostate… It’s quite the title for the latest book by Kevin Swanson, and the title is accurate. What or rather who Kevin Swanson unveiled in Apostate was a group of men, most or many of them raised in Christian households and in a society that was based at least partially on a Christian heritage; these men took the giftings they had and used them to exploit that very heritage. To say that these men were not brilliant is folly, but they used their great giftings for devious means. If you want to know the facts behind what happened to Western Civilization, this book is a must read. When you finish Apostate you will be able to look at how our culture and society are run and know how, and from whom, these ideas originated from.”
Reviewer: Rachel H.
Rating: 5 Stars

“My recommendation? This is definitely a book you should read. Even if you are already familiar with the philosophers and literary figures discussed, you’ll find this a helpful faith-informed refresher. If you’ve not had much exposure to the works of Greg Bahnsen, Rousas Rushdoony, or others in the Theonomist branch of Van Tilian thought (think Chalcedon, Covenant Media Foundation), you’ll also find Apostate a not-overbearing example of that approach to consistently Christian thinking.”
Reviewer: David Hodges (piouseye.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book should come with a warning because its explosive material will open your eyes to the work of Satan who seeks to steal, kill and destroy even as Swanson’s work equips you to stand for the family and proclaim the Word.”
Reviewer: Dave Jenkins (ServantsOfGrace.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Without a doubt this book should be a must read for all church leadership and seminary students. Swanson sums up the West’s attitude in the midst of this shift toward humanistic thought when he says, “they play their video games while Rome burns.” I enthusiastically recommend.”
Reviewer: Steven Ruff (StevenRuff.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Apostate is an amazing book, and is written by a man who is well qualified to present the evidence found in the book. Swanson’s experience and studies enable him to show us that ideas have consequences. Sadly this world is full of ungodly ideas, and the consequences of them are disastrous… Parents and pastors especially need to be aware of this and work to counter those ideas by instilling godly ideas and values in the minds of their children.”
Reviewer: Jason Skipper (PastoralMusings.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is alarming and sobering in nature. It’s quite interesting to clearly see how America became what it is today and what it is further becoming. As you sift through this research you’ll find yourself convicted, challenged, and shocked. Every so often, we need this sort of wake-up call to help us return to our foundation and evaluate where we stand and our contribution to the matter addressed.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (gazoontite.wordpress.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“In his intriguing book, Kevin Swanson takes us through the lives of apostate men who have changed our world for the worse….We see their desires to ride this world of every vestige of Christianity.”
Reviewer: Roger Leonhardt (reformedreader.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Author Kevin Swanson accomplishes a phenomenal feat in presenting the apostates, their ideologies, and its consequences in an understandable manner… I would highly recommend this book for parents, educators, and church leaders.”
Reviewer: Karen Chevalier (buildingherhouse.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The concept of the book is wonderful and we definitely need the story of the West’s demise to be told from a solidly Christian perspective.”
Reviewer: Joshua Dermer (reformedvirginian1689.wordpress.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“As a homeschool mom, I found this book to be captivating and important in protecting my children from the educational system. It also helped me realize how I can help them to live a Biblical worldview life in today’s society. I personally found the information on John Dewey to be captivating. I had thoughts on why I wanted to homeschool, like more freedom to travel when we need to or how the schools in our area always do so badly in the state tests, but John Dewey is the reason why I homeschool. My children do not need to go there to learn how to be plugged into social consciousness.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant (christsbridge.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is essential reading for the Christian or those with nagging questions about faith and reason.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt (clothedwithscarlet.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The value of this book is the reminder of responsibility that rests on the shoulders of believers who operate from a biblical worldview (I count myself one of them). This pattern of decline will continue until Jesus Christ returns. Our responsibility until such a time happens remains to combat and actively stand contrary to the world by holding fast to a biblical worldview in everything.”
Reviewer: Becky Norton (lookingaheadtobetterdays.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Swanson’s timing could not have been more providential. With a Christian worldview fading into nothingness, and the need for a strong biblical stance stronger than ever before, Apostate identifies the perpetrators and the proponents of the godless mentality that pervades our society. It’s so prevalent, it seems as if we no longer even have the capacity to think completely biblically. We’ve been indoctrinated in the severest way, and we glorify the men who led us astray.”
Reviewer: Jeff Randleman (jeffrandleman.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“From Thomas Aquinas to Jean-Paul Sartre and William Shakespeare to John Steinbeck, Swanson gives clear historical evidence of how 16 of the “greatest thinkers” left the Christian faith in favor of Secular Humanism, or self-worship and influenced generation after generation to follow in their steps.”
Reviewer: Taryn Raulston (tarynraulston.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I really did enjoy the thinking this book stirred up in me… I agree with Swanson that we have left Christianity behind as a culture, I do not agree that there was ever a period where God’s laws reigned supreme, nor do I think that is what matters. What matters is whether or not people are putting their lives under the gospel and living it out.”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“We might know a little about the destructive influence of men like Marx and Darwin, but do we also consider Aquinas, Locke, Emerson, Shakespeare, Hawthorne, and Twain? How much of culture is decidedly anti-Christian without even our realization? How much of our worldview is actually based on secular humanism? Swanson answers these questions and more.

Apostate is informative and thought-provoking and at the same time provides a mirror into our own worldview. We may not like what we see but it is necessary to prune away the destructive elements of our belief system and purge for good its influence.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry (crossandquill.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“It was very eye-opening and sad to see the way they lived their lives and chilling to realize what a lasting negative impact they have had on the world. Their ideas have caused murder on a massive scale, not to mention hopelessness, loss of morality, etc. It’s frustrating to see how far down we’ve gone, but the author reminds us that God is still in control. This book is well-written and Swanson’s argument well laid out. I think this should be a must-read for everyone, from teenagers on, because we need to realize how much these dangerous ideas are embedded in our culture so we can recognize the truth and take a stand when we see them.”
Reviewer: Veronica Sternberg (shopgirl152ny.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a tough book to read. Swanson is obviously very intelligent. The book is not light reading and I really had to pay attention while I was reading. It wasn’t what I would call “fun” reading but it was definitely an intriguing subject. I learned a lot from reading this book.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would have loved to have had this text to use with my two home-schooled high school students. I can easily see how this would have lent itself to the development of a one year history, literature and philosophy course. Like the author, I want my children and grandchildren to understand how our civilization became unraveled.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“As a home family, there are many reasons why we would never subject our children to the public school system, and Mr. John Dewey is at the heart of that. The author covers many ways in which Mr. Dewey turned the public schools into a pagan, socialist arena. Swanson mentions how children are encouraged to honor the educational institute, rather than their father and mother, as commanded in the Bible. He explains Dewey’s educational theory as follows, “…education is all about training the individual to fit into the social entity of the state.” (Apostate pg162) These are just the tip of the iceberg though. The evilness that this humanist infiltrated into the public education system continues to destroy our children daily, while many go on knowing nothing about his background and theories.”
Reviewer: Kimberly Noble (handcuffstohairbows.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Apostate by Kevin Swanson is a very helpful book loaded with information and short sketches of men who have promoted humanistic thinking that has shaped much of Western philosophy…As Christians, it is important to remember that the lost world around us who hold to this type of humanistic thinking is not the enemy. They are the ones who we are told to go after, to share the gospel with, and to show them how empty their thinking really is. We should desire to engage people who hold to humanistic thinking, not to withdraw from them. The fact is that they need Christ, and without Christ we would be in the same place that they are in.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (parkerjreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Swanson pulls the rug out from under the secularized institutions that permeate every office of education and government and powerfully shows how building on these broken foundations have lead to many of the issues we face as a culture today.”
Reviewer: Kevin Halloran (kevinhalloran.net)
Rating: 4 Stars

“So much within these pages to shock you, anger you and sadden you. What has become of Christianity today?”
Reviewer: Jennifer King (worthabowedhead.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“A heavy read? Yes. Weighty? No doubt. Discouraging? Most likely. Without hope? Not at all. All in all, a very informative read and one I commend to each one of you.”
Reviewer: Kevin Sorensen (aclutteredmind.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, I think Swanson’s book is rather intriguing, very straightforward, well-written, a little sharp, but certainly a recommendable read. Christians ought to know about history, and I think Apostate is a worthy contribution.”
Reviewer: John Wiley (johnmichaelwiley.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The fact that traditional values, Biblical literacy, and belief in ultimate Truth have been steadily declining is a point that no one would argue. The real question, though, is how did we get here?”
Reviewer: Jeremiah Martin (jeremiahdmartin.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

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