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Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans An Introduction to Key Thinkers and Philosophies

ISBN-10: 0830827390
ISBN-13: 9780830827398
Edition: 2004
Authors: Steve Wilkens
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Description: "What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the church?" (Tertullian, 3rd century).Such skepticism about the place of philosophy in the life of Christians persists down through the ages. As a student,  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 1/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

"What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the church?" (Tertullian, 3rd century).Such skepticism about the place of philosophy in the life of Christians persists down through the ages. As a student, author Steve Wilkens had deep reservations about studying the works of "pagans" or even "questionable Christians." Now a teacher at a Christian university, Wilkens has developed a deep appreciation for teaching and studying philosophy. In fact, he believes that the life of faith can be enriched by good philosophical reflection. In this book Wilkens helps you begin the same journey.Using generous quotations from the original sources, Wilkens provides an introduction to the study of philosophy by exploring a single key issue from each of the following philosophers: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche and Sartre. The questions considered include- Why ask why?- Is a just society possible?- Is God responsible for evil?- Can you be certain of anything?- Is morality all about power?- Do you really want to be free?Wilkens encourages you not to be a mere spectator but to actively and critically engage the questions and ideas these philosophers raise. Here is a book for beginning students, thoughtful Christians or anyone who wants to explore life's deepest questions.

Steve Wilkens (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology. His books include Hidden Worldviews, Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (coauthored with Alan Padgett) and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin of Christian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church.

Introduction: What's a Nice Christian Like You Doing in a Place Like Athens?
Socrates I: Why Ask Why?
Socrates II: Are Beliefs Worth Living (and Dying) For?
Plato: Is a Just Society Possible?
Aristotle: Do You Want to be Happy?
Augustine: Is God Responsible for Evil?
Aquinas: Can Nature Lead Us to God?
Descartes: Can I Be Certain of Anything?
Kierkegaard: Are Faith and Ethics Related?
Marx: Does Money Determine Our Beliefs?
Nietzsche: Is Morality All About Power?
Sartre: Do You Really Want to Be Free?
Epilogue: The Examined Life

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