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Consequences Of Ideas [Paperback]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 8, 2009
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  143350314X  
EAN  9781433503146  

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Readers will be challenged to take the consequences of ideas seriously through this expert survey of history's most influential philosophies—philosophies that continue to shape our lives for better or for worse today.

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Sproul's survey of the ongoing impact of history's most influential philosophies urges readers to take prevailing cultural mind-sets seriously... because ideas do have consequences.

The greatest thinkers of all time are impacting us still. From public-policy decisions and current laws to world events, theology, the arts, education, and even conversations between friends, history's most influential philosophies have wrought massive consequences on nearly everything we see, think, and do.

Thus it is critical for Christians to understand the ideas that are shaping them. The greater their familiarity with the streams of thought that have saturated Western culture through the ages, the greater their ability to influence this culture for Christ.

With The Consequences of Ideas, now in paperback, R. C. Sproul expertly leads the way for thoughtful readers. Tracing the contours of Western philosophy from the ancients to the molders of modern and postmodern thought-including Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, and Freud-Sproul proves that ideas are not just passing fads; they endure for generations to come and demand our serious attention.

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More About R. C. Sproul

R. C. Sproul Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.

R. C. Sproul currently resides in Orlando, in the state of Florida. R. C. Sproul was born in 1939.

R. C. Sproul has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Crucial Questions
  2. R. C. Sproul Library
  3. St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary

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Bought by Mistake  Apr 28, 2010
I sort of hate to admit it, but I was eager to read "Ideas Have Consequences" and bought this by mistake.

Even worse, "Ideas Have Consequences" is not available for the Kindle.
Quality Book  Mar 26, 2010
In these days to study or discuss philosophy one must defend the endeavor. It seems a waste of time in these days when pragmatism reigns. But Sproul argues that ideas are important and dangerous. And as the title says they have consequences. He argues that foundational thinking (thinking about basic truths) is necessary since many of our assumptions are dangerous and lethal. He does this by showing how our assumptions have developed by tracing the history of ideas from one prominent philosopher to the next.

Sproul has written this book for the average reader. This is not a book for the professional philosopher. It is for those of us who want to learn about philosophy but don't have the time to go get a phd. It is written for this who are curious about how we got where we are in a culture that feels pretty insane much of the time.

The themes that seem to stick out are problem with epistemology (how we know what we know), the existence of God, and the meaning behind it all. There are other themes but to me these seem to be the ones that keep popping up. For example we begin discussing Plato and Aristotle's teachings regarding the realm of ideals and the realm of shadows and the development in Aristotle, then there is the development throughout history. Such as Descartes basing knowledge on his discernment of his own existence as a foundation for knowing.

This argument matters. Ideas do have consequences. Think for example of the consequences of the idea of Aryan ethnic superiority. The consequences of that idea were the holocaust, a second world war, and many deaths of soldiers and civilians.

The execution of the book seems to be a bit mixed. Sometimes it really felt like too much was being summarized, like something was being lost. That's not a knock on Sproul it's simply the nature of the effort. He wanted to give us a summary of the history of ideas, and that encompasses a lot of ideas, a lot of time, and a lot of people. Sproul gave us a good effort but it should be considered a starting point. Leading to more reading in philosophy. One of the things that was really helpful and well executed was the way he used terminology. He didn't avoid using the jargon of philosophy but whenever he used the jargon he was careful to define it consistently, I found this extremely helpful.

My Recommendation - If you are well read in philosophy then all this book can offer you is a quality refresher. But if you are curious about philosophy then Sproul has given us the gift of an interesting and usable introduction to philosophy. If you are interested about how we got where we are in our culture this book helps trace the ideas that shape us, since there are no new ideas. If you have no interest in philosophy or worldview thinking then you will have absolutely no use for this book. But I liked it immensely.

Excellent book from a great teacher!  Mar 15, 2010
This book is made simple by one of the best teachers today. Sproul has an amazing ability to take the most complex matters and teach them in a manner that most people can easily understand. I have many of his books, and other materials, and have always learned new things from his God-given ability to make them easy to understand. Cannot recommend this one highly enough.
Amazing, Challenging, and Informative  Feb 11, 2010
This book has really helped me understand how philosophy and great philosophers from the past have shaped the world. I know that philosophy is usually a very hard thing to grasp and is usually way over my head, but R.C. Sproul is VERY THOROUGH in his writings. I understand the abstract concepts he is discussing and he makes the connections between different ideas and very clear and logical. I have never understood philosophy as well as I do after reading this book.
Great Insight  Dec 15, 2009
This book was written in a manner that helps the believer and non-believer alike. great reading for anyone who likes to think things through

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