- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: IVP Academic; unknown edition (April 28, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830826947
- ISBN-13: 978-0830826940
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moreland and Craig present a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian point of view. Both theologically and philosophically engaging and stimulating. Moreover, the book is structured in such a way that prior knowledge in philosophy is not necessarily required to understand it. I highly recommend it. (Celucien L. Joseph, Christ, My Righteousness, August 1, 2008)
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IVP: At well over six hundred pages, this is a monumental book. What led you to take on such a task?
J. P. Moreland: There are two reasons. First, the ascendancy of Christian philosophy in the last fifteen years is nothing short of miraculous. As Mark Noll notes, Christians in other academic disciplines would do well to note how philosophers have made strides to recapture their field for Christ. Bill and I wanted to make the fruits of this resurgence available to others. Second, philosophy is so crucial to developing and defending a Christian worldview that we believed it was essential to make available to the evangelical community solid Christian philosophy in a wide variety of philosophical disciplines. IVP: What do you see as the role of philosophy in shaping a Christian worldview?
Moreland: Combined with biblical exegesis and biblical theology, philosophy is the most important field--historically and conceptually--for developing a Christian worldview. As we make clear in the text, systematic theology itself, as well as attempts to integrate one's field with biblical teaching, essentially depends on philosophy being done with excellence. Our book seeks to remain faithful to central figures in the history of philosophy, especially those consistent with the faith, while at the same time drawing insights from the explosion of Christian philosophy in the last fifteen years to make a genuine synthesis available to a broad readership.
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It might be difficult for someone attempting to learn or understand the basics of philosophy as a first primer - that person might want to not approach a text this academically rigorous for their first look. With that said, the basic underpinnings of the Christian worldview really are approached well here by Moreland and Craig. One star was taken off only by this reviewer's preference - the structure was not up to par at points in my opinion - but overall the work is thorough and impressive. I would definitely recommend for the philosophy student or individual willing to take time to work through the text with all of their effort.
Craig is an excellent Philosopher, and isn't too far off from the top philosophers Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne. William Lane Craig needs to get more attention, and this book will show you why. The offensive apologetics and defensive apologetics are stellar. The defense to the problem of evil is the strongpoint and is well structured. Morality is broken down piece by piece and is well formatted.
This book is the bridge between Reasonable Faith and Blackwells Companion to Natural Theology. I would say you have to be an experienced person in apologetics and philosophy before you read this book. I really wish all Christians would stock up on this knowledge. It also would be nice if Christians like William Lane Craig and J.P Moreland were more well known.
The authors begin with the most basic rules of logic; modus ponens, syllogisms, logical fallacies, etc. If nothing else, rules of logic are ESSENTIAL for being articulating and defending the Christian faith intelligently. The next chapter (or huge chapter) is on epistemology. This is the first time I have been exposed to the study of knowledge, and I learned so much.
I think after reading this book, one is prepared to read many other books on philosophy and be able to follow along without getting lost in the jargon and ideas. Not only that, but it puts all the philosophical ideas in the context of Christianity and how a Christian should (or can) integrate these concepts and ideas with their faith.
Christians NEED to know philosophy. The book is cheap. Buy it. Read 10 pages a night. You will NOT regret it.
Covers many issues, though I think it may be given abit too much of a Christian bent. Hence I feel that it doesn't represent enough of the non-Christian side and address it enough. Both authors have of course done this elsewhere.
1 - As others have said, it's not particularly easy to read; however, I don't think anyone should be intimidated by it. It's well done and clearly written. I don't think a background in philosophy is needed at all. What's needed is patience and a real desire to understand this material.
2 - You can't skip any sections of the book. The earlier sections, including Chapter Two about Logic, are referred to repeatedly through the rest of the text. So, be patient and be sure to understand what you read right from the beginning.
3 - The chapters on Ethics, The Existence of God, and Science, really stand out as brilliant essays. This is some of the best thinking I've ever read, from a Christian perspective, on these subjects.
Finally - Let me suggest that Reasonable Faith, by William Lane Craig, is much easier to digest, and much shorter. If you're scared of this, the larger, book I'd suggest reading that one. However, again, my honest opinion is that this, the more difficult book, is much better and completely worth the effort. Also, just about every concept covered in Reasonable Faith is also covered here and in much more depth.
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