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“We must rid ourselves of the notion that faith and learning are somehow opposites or enemies. Faith and learning are interwoven with each other for the full functioning of the human mind.”

Foundations of Christian Thought is a clear, even-handed presentation of the interconnection between faith and learning, and the modern worldviews competing for our attention, including naturalism, secular humanism, atheistic existentialism, pantheism, and the New Age movement. Guided by the author’s fresh approach, readers on the college campus, in the workforce, and elsewhere will learn to relate their faith to their own intellectual journey and the ideas they encounter along the way.

“Mark Cosgrove has accomplished the difficult task of making the issues of worldview and faith integration with academic disciples accessible to the non-expert. . . . Highly useful as an introduction to these issues.”

—Harry Lee Poe
Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture,
Union University

“Mark Cosgrove refuses to dodge the hard questions and presents the Christian worldview with honesty and humility. I strongly recommend Foundations of Christian Thought as well tested and effective.”

—Jay Kesler
President Emeritus,
Taylor University

“As a consummate teacher, using more leisurely language and current examples, Mark Cosgrove leads the reader—as if in a classroom—to ask the questions that compel a carefully reasoned response.”

—D. Bruce Lockerbie
Chairman, PAIDEIA, Inc., Stony Brook, NY
Author, Thinking and Acting Like a Christian

Foundations of Christian Thought offers a completely new and fresh approach to exploring and engaging the inescapable commingling of faith, learning, and worldview. [It] takes the reader on an intellectual expedition.”

Richard C. Chewning
Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics,
Baylor University

Mark P. Cosgrove (Ph.D., Purdue University) is a professor and chairman of the psychology department at Taylor University and the author of several books. He has taught the subject of Foundations of Christian Thought for more than thirty years.

About the Author

Mark P. Cosgrove is a professor and a chairman of the psychology department at Taylor University, where he has taught the subject of Foundations of Christian Thought for more than thirty years. He is the author of six volumes, including Counseling for Anger and The Essence of Human Nature.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional; 59805th edition (July 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825424348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825424342
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is excellent in describing what a Christian worldview should look like. It is also helpful in understanding other worldviews and why they do not stand up to a 3-part test. Very informative and well written.
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I bought this book for a college philosophy class and unlike other college texts, this one will become part of my permanent library. Cosgrove compares and contrasts several worldviews, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. It is a great read for believers and skeptics alike. At the very least, after reading the book, both will have a better (and respectful) understanding of opposing worldviews.

Honest, concise, and easy to understand.
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The author takes a reasoned look at the different world views which dominate modern society. He explains each worldview from a non-biased and philosophical perspective as one who has explored all world views. This is a good book for student and seeker both.
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Whether you are a Christian or not, Dr. Mark Cosgrove's book presents a well argued and researched analysis of most religous Worldviews and how each compete with Christianity.

This book is the basis of Dr. Cosgrove's freshman seminar held at Taylor University. As a former student of Dr. Cosgrove, I was very happy to find this book in print, and have referred to Dr. Cosgrove's analysis many times throughout my adult life. For the lucky few who are able to attend Taylor University, Dr. Cosgrove's class has been a mainstay.

The book has many useful tables that help explain the concepts, and Dr. Cosgrove interrupts the text with challenging questions that are expected to be faced in life. A discussion on terms rounds out the details of each chapter.

For Christian readers, this is not a book you will read and set on the shelf permanently, but instead continually pull out for reference over time. Like the "Armor" described by Paul in the New Testament, this book helps defend the Christian Worldview on an intellectual level.
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This book is a must have if you are seeking to broaden your Christian worldview. Being open to integrate Faith and Learning in different subject areas without compromising your Faith or Learning.
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These is a great book and should be required reading for any Christian who would like to gain insight into the changing worldviews that are affecting our society today.
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Such a terrific reference work! But with so many terrific random digits, it's a shame they didn't sort them, to make it easier to find the one you're looking for.
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This is a great book discussing the world views around us. It is written by a Christian author so it is swayed that direction - but overall a great read
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