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'Written in a lucid and appealing style, this book will benefit those who eagerly wish to anchor reason in Christian faith.' -Reformed Review

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler (Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical schools for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801038189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801038181
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even though this book is written as a textbook, I found it very useful. The first chapter shows the reader what philosophy is about and its value. Of particular note, is the half page section titled, "The Christian Challenge." Here the authors state their position on the relationship between Christianity and philosophy:
"Christianity can stand up to the intellectual challenge mounted against it. The result of such a challenge should not be the loss of faith, but the priceless possession of a well-reasoned and mature faith." (page 22)
Before the authors embark on the specific fields of philosophy, a quick sketch is provided of some of the major fields (e.g. ethics, political philosophy, and logic) and the tools of philosophy. This discussion of logic and argumentation includes induction vs. deduction, the existential method, the phenomenological method and the analytic method.
Two of the most important chapters for the new philosopher are, "The Tools of Philosophy," and, "The Challenge of Philosophy." The Tools chapter is a discussion of how arguments are constructed and how to evaluate them. The Challenge chapter discusses the goals of philosophy and the role the philosophy plays for the Christian (including "The Biblical Basis for Christian Philosophy")
Following this are Parts that focus on the main branches of philosophy:
Epistemology (What is Knowledge? How can we know?)
Metaphysics (What is reality? Is man free? Does man survive death?)
Philosophy of Religion (Does God exist? The Problem of Evil)
Ethics (What is the right? Is the Right Universal? Do Moral Duties ever conflict?)
The authors general approach is to explain a view point, explain its supporting arguments and then the criticism that have been laid against it.
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Neutrality is a myth. Everyone, including skeptics, has an opinion. The authors of this book honestly present themselves as Christian philosophers. They actually are very objective, laying out for each issue all the options, and then for each options all the Pros and Cons. Each chapter is then followed by some conclusions that are compatible with Christian Theism. This cannot be a bad choice in my eyes, given that non-Christian philosophies end up either in Postmodernism or in other denials of rationality.

Contents:

Part one: Introduction to Philosophy

1. What Is Philosopy?

2. Disciplines Within hilosophy

3. Methodology in Philosophy

4. The Tools of Philosophy

5. The Challenge of Philosophy

Part two: What Is Knowledge?

6. Can We Know?

7, How Can We Know?

8. Is Certainty Possible?

9. How Do We Perceive the External World?

10. How Are Believes Justified?

Part three: .What Is Reality?

11. Is Reality One or Many?

12. The Relationship Between Mind and Body

13. Is Man Free?

14. Does Man Survive Death?

15. Are There Other Minds?

16. What Is Truth?

Part four: What Is the Ultimate?

17. The Relationship Between Faith and Reason

18. What Is Meant by ``God''?

19. Does God Exist?

20. How Can We Talk About God?

21. The Problem of Evil

22. Can We Experience God?

Part five: What Is Good or Right?

23. What Is the Right?

24. How Do We Know What Is Right?

25. The Relationship Between Rules and Results

26. Is the Right Universal?

27.
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This book is well organized. It lays out the options together with the pros and cons. It seems to cover the major areas and issues in phiosophy. It's written as a textbook for use in introductory courses in christian schools. I highly recommend it for any christian wanting a survey of the problems and issues in philosophy.
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I liked this text a lot.

First, there are not so many Introductory Philosophy courses with Christian perspective on different issues. Geisler's text is very good. He's not just presents available options without giving you a clue what fits into Christian Scheme of thought, but he explains which philosophical concepts fit perfectly into Christian Worldview and why.

Second, it's pretty exhaustive volume. Even though it is introductory, still it covers a lot.

One negative thing is - format and layout. Whoever published this volume should make it prettier :D to read. Content is good but the outlook is quite like an antique... :D

Anyways, book is great. Buy it and read it. (as the matter of fact, anything by Geisler is good. Especially his Intro to Ethics and Christian Aplogetics)
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Being a Christian with a recent rising philosophical curiosity, I purchased this book. I have to say it is a solid work in many respects. It is well laid out and deals in a survey fashion with the major philosophical questions of ontology, epistemology, theology, and ethics. The authors appear to do a good job presenting views in an unbiased and focused manner while also offering criticisms as well as conclusions at the ends of chapters which elucidate what position a Christian would hold on the subject matter in the chapter. I found these conclusions/summations of the chapters helpful. For me I found the last third of the book concerning faith and reason, knowledge about God, and discussions on ethics to be most interesting.

I have to take a star off though for a couple of reasons. First, the work was first published in 1980 and doesn't seem to have been updated since then. There is one reference to the U.S.S.R as still existing, and I found there to be a lack of mentioning current philosophical movements (postmodernism?), advances in biology such as genetic discoveries, and psychology in regards to knowing the world and human behavior. A lot has happened in 30+ years. The work also isn't as engaging as it could be in the sense that I would have liked more life examples/illustrations of certain views to aid in understanding.

Just so potential readers know this is a survey work in philosophy from a Christian and western philosophical perspective (although eastern philosophers are mentioned at times). I would recommend this work for anyone with a strong philosophical curiosity or as a source for philosophical research papers.
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