- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (September 30, 2012)
- Language: English
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“A very readable, theologically sensitive treatment of crucial philosophical issues of central concern to the Christian faith. Dr. Naugle has done a first-rate job of covering a wide range of issues in a responsible way, while keeping the level of discourse at a truly introductory level. This book fills a needed gap in the literature, and I am delighted to endorse it.”
—J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University; author, The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters
“This fine book not only makes important explorations in Christian philosophy accessible to those who may be starting out on their intellectual journey; it also offers insights to those of us who are well along in that pilgrimage. Dr. Naugle combines solid scholarship with a firm grasp of how a biblical worldview can help to reclaim a strong Christian intellectual tradition in these confusing—but exciting—times.”
—Richard J. Mouw, President, Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Adolescent Christians entering adulthood often have plenty of zeal for the faith, but stand in need of theological facility and in even greater need of philosophical awareness. This little book opens both doors and welcomes the newcomer in to what proves to be—and this, too, can be surprising—a single room of treasures. I especially love how exploring the room brings to light, not only the treasures, but traces of the copious inquiries of an experience Christian scholar and caring teacher of philosophy. It inspires and summons to a life of loving wisdom (philosophy) and loving God.”
—Esther L. Meek, Professor of Philosophy, Geneva College; author, Loving to Know: Introducing Covenant Epistemology; A Little Manual for Knowing
“Although I disagree with my esteemed colleague at some points (philosophers are always arguing with each other!), this astute primer serves as a learned, well-written, deeply historical, and biblical treatment of what it means to philosophize as a follower of Jesus Christ. Readers will be richly rewarded by Professor Naugle's insights, passion, and Christian commitment to philosophy as a divine calling.”
—Douglas Groothius, Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary; author, Christian Apologetics
“David Naugle’s book is an insightful guide for all ‘lovers of wisdom.’ It is readily understandable to the philosophical novice while at the same time offering a rich, theologically informed overview of philosophy’s themes to benefit and challenge the scholar. Dr. Naugle is a philosopher who knows well the importance of worldview formation but also has a passion for thoughtful believers to be transformed into the image of Christ.”
—Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University
About the Author
David Naugle (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Texas at Arlington) is the distinguished university professor and chair of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University. David lives in Duncanville, Texas, with his wife, Deemie.
David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and six grandchildren.
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The book is well written. He states his position as primarily Augustinian and canonical Trinitarian thesism. In this framework he discusses the major philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to Kant and Hegel. While the book is necessarily sketchy in reviewing these major philosophical trends, it does give useful information and a way to view philosophy in a Christian context.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. However, I had an extensive undergraduate grounding in philosophy. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to put Christian philosophy in the context of the other major philosophical schools. I particularly enjoyed the final chapter in which Naugel discusses the vocation of Christian philosophers. You can disagree with his point of view, but it has a great deal of merit and is well worth reading.
I reviewed this book for Crossway Publishing.
In this book, Naugle seeks to introduce the reader to a Christian approach to philosophy. As Naugle notes in the preface to the book, his introduction is not a vanilla Christian approach to philosophy but an explicit Augustinian approach to philosophy, an influence that permeates the pages of this book.
Naugle begins by offering what he calls a philosophic prolegomena, arguing that by addressing issues related to prolegomena, we better see the different assumptions we are making and the possible ways we have appropriated certain non-Christian beliefs (e.g. empiricism, Platonism, etc.). Some of the key prolegomena that Naugle discusses concern the primacy of faith, the doctrine of creation, the Augustinian doctrine that grace restores nature, Al Wolters' structure/direction distinction, and the presence of common grace in unbelieving thought.
In the next five chapters, Naugle briefly touches on metaphysics, human anthropology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. In each chapter, he brings together particular teachings and doctrines from Scripture that should inform one's thought as they work within a particular field, such as metaphysics. Naugle also discusses certain topics in these fields that need to be approached from a particular Christian perspective (e.g. what does the Bible have to say about the dignity of human beings?). What is nice about these chapters is that Naugle is not trying to give an overview of these fields, nor is he trying to distill the common arguments for/against certain philosophic views that do or do not fit well in a Christian framework. Rather, his focus is to bring Scripture and theology to the table and show the different ways Scripture speaks to issues such as art and film, moral knowledge, egoism and altruism, etc.
In the last chapter, Naugle sketches the vocation of a Christian philosopher, showing the implications the cross, resurrection, prayer, etc. has in the life and work of a Christian philosopher.
The book is a brief read (a little over 100 pages) that can be read in one sitting. The book will be helpful to beginners in philosophy, but those who are further along down the road may find the book's brevity its greatest shortcoming.
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