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A History of Western Philosophy and Theology Hardcover – October 23, 2015
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"John Frame has done it again! In the lucid and comprehensive style of his Theology of Lordship volumes, he here presents a full overview of Western thought about knowledge of God as it must appear to all who receive Holy Scripture, as he does, as the record, product, and present reality of God speaking. And the solid brilliance of the narrative makes it a most effective advocacy for the Kuyper-Van Til perspective that in a well-digested form it represents. It is a further outstanding achievement by John Frame. The book deserves wide use as a textbook, and I hope it will achieve that. My admiration for John's work grows and grows." --J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia
"Few in our day champion a vision of God that is as massive, magnificent, and biblical as John Frame's. For decades, he has given himself to the church, to his students, and to meticulous thinking and the rigorous study of the Bible. He has winsomely, patiently, and persuasively contended for the gospel in the secular philosophical arena, as well as in the thick of the church worship wars and wrestlings with feminism and open theism. He brings together a rare blend of big-picture thinking, levelheaded reflection, biblical fidelity, a love for the gospel and the church, and the ability to write with care and clarity." --John Piper, Founder and Teacher, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis
"When I was a young man, I plowed through Bertrand Russell's 1945 classic, A History of Western Philosophy. A couple of years ago I read the much shorter (and more interesting) work of Luc Ferry, A Brief History of Thought. Between these two I have become familiar with many histories of Western thought, each written out of deep commitments, some acknowledged, some not. But I have never read a history of Western thought quite like John Frame's. Professor Frame unabashedly tries to think through sources and movements out of the framework (bad pun intended) of deep-seated Christian commitments, and invites his readers to do the same. These commitments, combined with the format of a seminary or college textbook, will make this work invaluable to students and pastors who tire of ostensible neutrality that is no more neutral than the next volume. Agree or disagree with some of his arguments, but John Frame will teach you how to think in theological and philosophical categories." --D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
About the Author
John M. Frame (A.B., Princeton University; B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University; D.D., Belhaven College) is the J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. I am not well read in philosophy,
2. I am not formally trained in theology, and
3. I was able to read, understand, and enjoy this great book!
There are plenty of reviews and endorsements by people much better equipped to offer an opinion than I am. I can, however, give a layman's plan of action of how to get the most out of (and not get lost within) this massive work.
First, I suggest to make use of Frame ' s RTS lectures. They pair beautifully with the book and listening to the lecture(s) before or after the chapter is incredibly beneficial.
Second, a good prereading makes this work more approachable. Look over the table of contents and go through the glossary to familiarize yourself with any new terms. I would also read the timeline of important events before to have a bit of a map as you jump in.
One thing a preread will do is make this massive work seem much more appoachable. Frame gives an extensive bibliography, index, glossary, and 1700(rough estimate) pages of appendices where Frame interacts with recent thought. If you are anything like me, a 550 page book seems much less daunting than a 900 page book.
This book is heavily slanted to the last 300 years or so. Strength or weakness? I am not sure. I would have preferred a bit more on the earlier philosophers, but I enjoyed what he did cover so it's hard to complain.
I preordered the Logos version, so I look forward to going through this at least one more time (if not more!). For someone like me, it will take either a very slow, intentional trip through this book (with visits to other suggested readings) or multiple trips through to get a firm grasp of all the content. For those familiar with major schools of philosophy, this should be a relatively easy and enjoyable look at how Western thought has developed over the past 2500 years
One feature that I found particularly appealing was the index of collegiate lectures that can be accessed, via iTunes, to further the content of certain portions of the book. What a treat it is to supplement one's study with Frame's actual class-room content.
Not to mention, this is a beautifully published volume. It is a big ole study book—well-bound and finely printed. The matted dust jacket and dimension will make it a gorgeous, center-self, addition to any theologian's library.
Bravo, Professor Frame and P&R Publishing!