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  • Series: Contours of Christian Philosophy
  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (August 16, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877843414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877843412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 11, 2013
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R. William Hasker (b. 1935) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Huntington University, and formerly was editor of the journal "Faith and Philosophy." He has written other books such as The Emergent Self, The Triumph of God over Evil: Theodicy for a World of Suffering, Providence, Evil and the Openness of God, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1983 book, "The book's primary purpose is to serve as one of several texts in an introductory philosophy course. It might also be used as a core text in a course on metaphysics, though such a course would have to include some topics which are omitted here. Finally, I hope the book may be of use to the interested reader outside any formal course framework. That is to say, I hope there are not too many passages which are so obscure as to absolutely require the assistance of an instructor to explain them!" (Pg. 11)

He suggests, "'Nothing begins to exist without a cause.' This is something all of us seem to believe, but what are our grounds for accepting it? ... Our conviction that there must be a cause somewhere, even if we can't find it, seems to be a conviction we BRING TO our experience, rather than a conclusion DRAWN FROM experience. On the other hand, there doesn't seem to be anything logically contradictory in the idea that an object should just originate spontaneously out of nothing. So why are we so convinced that this can't happen?
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By scoco on March 17, 2014
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What do you expect from a new textbook. It did what it was supposed to do. Contents not my point of view but great for academic exercise.
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By jesusislord on October 2, 2013
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I, like many of the other reviewers, am taking this class with LU. Excellent school, excellent class, excellent book. I highly recommend the chapter, "Minds and Bodies" for a brilliant explanation of the mind/body problem.

I would, however, agree that the use of a little more scripture would increase my appreciation of this book. I understand that philosophers do not appeal to the Bible as a source of truth in their discipline; however, I'd like to see, in a Christian book, the use of scripture to back up the philosophy.

Overall, excellent introductory book to Metaphysics.
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By A. Union on September 6, 2013
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This product served it purpose, I needed this book for my philosophy class at Liberty University. This class is the hardest class I have taken at the school
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By WriterlyWife on June 5, 2009
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This book is one of the many books used for a philosophy class at Liberty University. It is excellent. I would be interested in reading it again when I don't have 12 other books to read in an eight week period. The author is clear and explains well the basic views and aspects of Metaphysics.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachele A Dixie on October 14, 2013
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Good read for me. Generally written for those of us novice to the topic. Would buy more of this author.
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