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The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World Paperback – June 8, 2009
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About the Author
R. C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, FL. He was also founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, FL, first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online. Sproul contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, spoke at conferences, churches, colleges, and seminaries around the world, and wrote more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Everyone’s a Theologian. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.
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The book begins with a brief chapter on the "Fisrt Philosophers" and then sweeps through history with chapter after chapter, reviewing and processing the greatest philosophers up to the present time: Plato, Aristotle, Agustine, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Marx, Sarte and many more are discussed.
The reviewer who gave this book only one star has made some unfounded attacks. The first attack, is that Dr. Sproul is not a fundamentalist Christian, but a Reformed Christian,and the differences, though similar in some respects are also in others, quite different. Sproul's review of Nietzsche is on target and the one sentence quoted by the previous reviewer, needs to be read in its entire context on "The will to Power." Old Friedrich's philosophies do allow for such uses against our fellow man, even if Nietzsche himself wouldn't have done so.
Further, this is a book about ideals and their consequences and Sproul does take a Cristian worldview position. This is no reason to disregard a book because it may afront one's personal world-view. There is much to be learned from this text.
The chapters on Aquinas and Kiekergaard are outsanding. The conclusion is the weakess point in the book and should have been better developed. It is as Sproul was tired of writing and decided to stop; This is a problem in some of his other books Like "The Last Days According to Jesus."
A highly recommemded the text. After reading this book, I would suggest one purchase the more detialed work called "Life's Ultimate Questions" by Nash.
In my opinion, one of the greatest values of this book stems from an objective stated on the back cover: “[I]t is critical for Christians to understand the ideas that are shaping them. The greater their familiarity with the streams of thought that have saturated Western culture through the ages, the greater their ability to influence this culture for Christ.” The author subsequently maps the boundaries of Western philosophy starting from Plato and Aristotle, and leading the way through Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Darwin, to name a few examples.
Essentially the book proceeds through the ages and highlights the main philosophers that have shaped Western thought through time. Sproul first highlights all the individual’s main ideas and then extrapolates such theories on how it has changed thought about God. As the book proceeds forward Sproul adds his own commentary on those who have advocated for theistic or atheistic philosophies. It becomes quite clear that most new “ideas” in the Western world aren’t novel at all but built upon and synthesized from the ideas of those who lived long, long ago.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and although it deals with some very intellectually challenging topics, Sproul manages to convey his message in plain, easy-to-understand language, making The Consequences of Ideas a relatively quick read. I expect that anyone who has both a theological or philosophical mind will enjoy this text, and those who fall in the latter group will certainly enjoy the sweeping analysis of major themes, saving the reader time, money and effort.