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  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (May 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801038189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801038181
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Norman L. Geisler (Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical schools for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.

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I am enjoying the book and my class very much.
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This discussion of logic and argumentation includes induction vs. deduction, the existential method, the phenomenological method and the analytic method.
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Buy it and read it. (as the matter of fact, anything by Geisler is good.
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95 of 102 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
Neutrality is a myth. Everyone, including skeptics, has an opinion. The authors of this book honestly present themselves as Christian philosophers. They actually are very objective, laying out for each issue all the options, and then for each options all the Pros and Cons. Each chapter is then followed by some conclusions that are compatible with Christian Theism. This cannot be a bad choice in my eyes, given that non-Christian philosophies end up either in Postmodernism or in other denials of rationality.

Contents:

Part one: Introduction to Philosophy

1. What Is Philosopy?

2. Disciplines Within hilosophy

3. Methodology in Philosophy

4. The Tools of Philosophy

5. The Challenge of Philosophy

Part two: What Is Knowledge?

6. Can We Know?

7, How Can We Know?

8. Is Certainty Possible?

9. How Do We Perceive the External World?

10. How Are Believes Justified?

Part three: .What Is Reality?

11. Is Reality One or Many?

12. The Relationship Between Mind and Body

13. Is Man Free?

14. Does Man Survive Death?

15. Are There Other Minds?

16. What Is Truth?

Part four: What Is the Ultimate?

17. The Relationship Between Faith and Reason

18. What Is Meant by ``God''?

19. Does God Exist?

20. How Can We Talk About God?

21. The Problem of Evil

22. Can We Experience God?

Part five: What Is Good or Right?

23. What Is the Right?

24. How Do We Know What Is Right?

25. The Relationship Between Rules and Results

26. Is the Right Universal?

27.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bruce H on December 23, 2001
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Even though this book is written as a textbook, I found it very useful. The first chapter shows the reader what philosophy is about and its value. Of particular note, is the half page section titled, "The Christian Challenge." Here the authors state their position on the relationship between Christianity and philosophy:
"Christianity can stand up to the intellectual challenge mounted against it. The result of such a challenge should not be the loss of faith, but the priceless possession of a well-reasoned and mature faith." (page 22)
Before the authors embark on the specific fields of philosophy, a quick sketch is provided of some of the major fields (e.g. ethics, political philosophy, and logic) and the tools of philosophy. This discussion of logic and argumentation includes induction vs. deduction, the existential method, the phenomenological method and the analytic method.
Two of the most important chapters for the new philosopher are, "The Tools of Philosophy," and, "The Challenge of Philosophy." The Tools chapter is a discussion of how arguments are constructed and how to evaluate them. The Challenge chapter discusses the goals of philosophy and the role the philosophy plays for the Christian (including "The Biblical Basis for Christian Philosophy")
Following this are Parts that focus on the main branches of philosophy:
Epistemology (What is Knowledge? How can we know?)
Metaphysics (What is reality? Is man free? Does man survive death?)
Philosophy of Religion (Does God exist? The Problem of Evil)
Ethics (What is the right? Is the Right Universal? Do Moral Duties ever conflict?)
The authors general approach is to explain a view point, explain its supporting arguments and then the criticism that have been laid against it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Jones on August 13, 2001
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This book is well organized. It lays out the options together with the pros and cons. It seems to cover the major areas and issues in phiosophy. It's written as a textbook for use in introductory courses in christian schools. I highly recommend it for any christian wanting a survey of the problems and issues in philosophy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Konstantin on June 9, 2006
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I liked this text a lot.

First, there are not so many Introductory Philosophy courses with Christian perspective on different issues. Geisler's text is very good. He's not just presents available options without giving you a clue what fits into Christian Scheme of thought, but he explains which philosophical concepts fit perfectly into Christian Worldview and why.

Second, it's pretty exhaustive volume. Even though it is introductory, still it covers a lot.

One negative thing is - format and layout. Whoever published this volume should make it prettier :D to read. Content is good but the outlook is quite like an antique... :D

Anyways, book is great. Buy it and read it. (as the matter of fact, anything by Geisler is good. Especially his Intro to Ethics and Christian Aplogetics)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Bambino on December 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book serves, as the title suggests, as an introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. This a bit shorter and easier read than Craig and Moreland's "Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview" (not only shorter in length, but the pages are shorter as well). Sill, it's around 430 pages of epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and other topics wholly relevant to Christians and philosophers alike. Each chapter is titled in the form of a question so you know what the authors plan to discuss and answer. The general format is a slight introduction to the question, many possible solutions with history and the "big names" scattered about, then responses, critiques, and complements of the views. The chapter will always point out (though sometimes at the end of the chapter) which view(s) a Christian should hold. Sometimes there is only one position a Christian may take, other times there are several that are compatible with orthodox Christianity. (see my review of Craig and Moreland's book for a diatribe on why Christians need to understand and be able to discuss philosophy)

To me. this book seems to be classic Geisler. In a very systematic way, he attempts to lay out the issues, give all sides as fair of a hearing as possible, and make the best case for what he sees as being the truth. Although I did learn a lot more and enjoyed Craig and Moreland's book more, this is still a solid book, especially if you're looking for a place to start.
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