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Which is better?
And how good is the Love of Wisdom?
To answer the first question, one must ask which is better a car, a ship or a plane?
It all depends on what you're looking for.
If you want a detailed analysis filled with words and notions such as epiphenomenalism, then stick with Craig and Moreland tome. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview is the most in-depth. This book has more than 200 pages than that of the Love of Wisdom. As the dimension of the book is about 20% larger in length and width (not to mention weight). So this book is a real textbook and for all the detail it sacrifices some readability.
Now "Loving Wisdom" reads like a paperback book, it feels like a book you would take out to the beach to enjoy! It may sound strange, that a philosophy book may be readable but Copan does an excellent job of making it so. This method means some concessions there is no section on logic, fallacious arguments, etc.
While The Love of Wisdom is an excellent middle compromise of some sorts. I say of some sorts because this book is readable itself, so much so that one could just as easily substitute loving wisdom for the love of wisdom, although the latter is more formal in its structure. Am I overstating this book's case?Read more ›
The Love of Wisdom is broken up into 3 parts, dealing with epistemology (knowledge), metaphysics (being) and ethics (value). Each part is three chapters, so the book has a total of nine chapters, plus the introduction which looks broadly at philosophy and worldviews. At the beginning of each chapter is an outline and list of glossary terms (the definitions are mentioned in the course of the chapter and a full list is in the back of the book). Given that each chapter averages about fifty pages, the sections of the chapters are likely easier to digest for most readers.
Chapter sections each have an introduction to the topic as well as "Questions for Reflection" at the end. So for example, Chapter Five is "Human Nature: What Am I?" The first section is "5.1 Do We Have Souls?" The fourteen page section summarizes the major views as well as arguments for and against each view. In the end some thought is given to the theological aspects of the debate and what most Christians have believed about it. Throughout the book, verses from the Bible are provided as they are relevant to the discussions.Read more ›
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Incredible book of wisdom and insight. It's a go-to reference for understanding the various aspect of philosophy.Published 2 months ago by J. Sherman
So far, this book has been intriguing and very helpful in learning more about philosophy with a Christian viewpoint. Read morePublished 6 months ago by danyeljoy
A very nice intro to philosophy. Well written and logically presented, fundamental principles are clearly understood.Published 11 months ago by Dave
This is an easy to read (for the most part) book on philosophy from a Christian perspective. I love that it tells the pros and cons of every belief system.Published 11 months ago by Lytepoet
Can really help you get an handle of philosophy. I used it for a philosophy intro class and enjoyed it greatly.Published 21 months ago by Alfred W. Vaughan