- Paperback: 311 pages
- Publisher: College Press Publishing Company, Inc. (July 31, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0899007988
- ISBN-13: 978-0899007984
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And it accomplishes this by building on its foundational chapter apropos critical thinking. This is a useful stratagem--I wish it were done more frequently by apologists--and the authors' clarity and rationality reveal the weaknesses of the worldviews they examine. But you don't want to read this as a mere philosophical treatise--it's far too biblical.
This readable book focuses on the philosophical concerns with false worldviews by the application of biblical truth. Beckwith seems to be more of a classical apologist and Parrish is an articulate presuppositionalist, so the reader receives thoughtful analysis from an almost concurrence of diverse epistemic scrutiny.
* The Importance of Critical Thinking and Philosophy
* The Classical Christian Concept of God
* Secular Humanism: Religion without God
* Baha'ism and the Unity of Religion
* The New Age Movement
* The Classical Concept of God is Biblical
* and more.
The authors are specific, clear, and repeatedly thought-provoking. Moreover they have a sharp eye for fallacious and self-refuting notions advocated by deceitful religionists.Read more ›
Here are the Table of Contents:
Introduction: Philosophical Analysis and Christianity's Rivals
Chapter 1: The Importance of Critical Thinking and Philosophy
Chapter 2: The Classical Christian Concept of God
Chapter 3: Mormonism
Chapter 4: Secular Humanism: Religion Without God
Chapter 5: Baha'ism and the Unity of Religions
Chapter 6: The New Age Movement
Appendix A: Of Logic and Lordship: The Validity of a Categorical Syllogism Supporting Christ's Deity
Appendix B: What Does Jerusalem Have to Do With Provo?
Appendix C: A Critical Analysis of David Paulsen's and Black Ostler's review of The Mormon Concept of God: A Philosophical Anaylsis by Francis J. Beckwith and Stephen E. Parrish (by Dennis Monokroussos)
Appendix D: Why the Classical Concept of God is Biblical
Appendix E: Separation of Guru and State?: Influence of the New Age Movement in Public Education
The book contains many good ideas, but there are some shortcomings. For one, their ideas about Mormonism are pretty much detailed in a book co-edited by Beckwith titled The New Mormon Challenge. If you read the latter, especially William Lane Craig's chapter, you will have a much better look at what these authors try to say in their limited pages. The chapter on secular humanism is probably their best. The Bah'ai chaper...well, I'm not sure how many American evangelicals have ever even met someone from this faith, which by no means is extremely popular in the U.S. Besides Beckwith's interest in this group--he did write a book on this topic--I'm not sure why they included this chapter. Finally, the "New Age" movement--do we still call it that?--is so general as to not be very useful.
This book is certainly worth a look, but there are other books I would suggest first.
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On the positive side, this book provides a concise, reasoned analysis of each of the four religions as to their basic world view and format. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by Steve in Tustin
In See the Gods Fall (STGF), two fine Christian philosophers present a powerful critique of four prominent religious movements. Read morePublished on September 5, 2000 by Tom Wanchick