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The Love of Wisdom: A Christian Introduction to Philosophy by [James Spiegel, Steven Cowan]

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Steven Cowan is associate professor and advisor of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southeastern Bible College as well as associate director of the Apologetics Resource Center and editor of its Areopagus Journal in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. Steve and his wife have one son.

James Spiegel is professor of Philosophy at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is also the author of How to Be Good in a World Gone Bad which won a 2005 Award of Merit from Christianity Today. James and his wife have four children. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004OA62NG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ B&H Academic; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1401 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 483 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction. Would recommend it.
By Cole Mayhugh on May 10, 2018
As a young Christian with a strong theological concern, I was very careful getting into philosophy. The options out there for choosing an introduction on philosophy from a Christian perspective are few to none. Other than this book the only other one I would consider credible is J.P Morelands/William Lane Craigs Philosophical foundations which is a much more thorough introduction, nearly 200 pages more. Though these Authors here are not widely known, they were very trustworthy and for the most part unbiased, normally taking the middle ground in arguments & allowing the reader to see philosophy as it really is. Ofcourse it is most certainly a Christian approach & I am very glad I found it. Only thing I wish to say is that for those who are not sound in their faith or may be new to it, be careful reading into opposing views too much without truly understanding your own faith. This does not attempt to act as a Biblical Philosophy technically speaking but rather a Christians approach to the entire realm of Philosophy, very important to note.

Pros--
1. 2 well-studied philosophy professors with strong biblical convictions
2. Provides a overview of Philosophy's most important topics & not only the different views arguments but also the most popular historical criticisms.
3. Includes a chapter on Aesthetics (art & beauty) which you rarely find in introductions & was very profitable!
4. Very helpful in understanding the most common worldviews

Cons--
1. Few errors in the actual philosophy, it’s usually when they intertwined Christianity’s view which is probably just because they study more philosophy than the Bible but nothing major, noticed maybe 3 occasions but honestly for a Philosophy overview this is impressive.
2. Could have spent more time in the Philosophy of science possibly
3. At the end of every section there are very good questions for review, personally wish the Author could have answered some of them himself in the back of the book. Otherwise most of them do require opinionated responses.

Overall this is certainly a 5 star book. I would have to recommend R.C Sprouls Consequences of Ideas along with it, that book is more of a short history of the ideas that shape our world today.

For books on Logic I always recommend: Logic by Isaac Watts and also Logic: An Introduction by Lionel Ruby
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