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Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans: An Introduction to Key Thinkers and Philosophies [Paperback]

By Steve Wilkens (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830827390  
EAN  9780830827398  

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Wilkens provides a convincing rationale for why Christians should study philosophy by examining an important issue from the perspective of the following philosophers: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, and Sartre. Although some Christians tend to view the faith of the above philosophers as questionable at best and non-existent at worst, Wilkens finds that many of their ideas can enhance Christian faith and yield valuable theological insight. In providing this accessible introduction to some of the key ideas and thinkers in philosophy, Wilkens finds strong grounds for living "the examined life" (playing off the famous quote by Socrates), urging Christians to engage in philosophical reflection, which can strengthen one's faith and deepen one's sense of wonder with the world God created.

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"What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the church?" (Tertullian, 3rd century). Such skepticism about the place of philosophy in the life of Christians persists down through the ages. As a student, author Steve Wilkens had deep reservations about studying the works of "pagans" or even "questionable Christians." Now a teacher at a Christian university, Wilkens has developed a deep appreciation for teaching and studying philosophy. In fact, he believes that the life of faith can be enriched by good philosophical reflection. In this book Wilkens helps you begin the same journey. Using generous quotations from the original sources, Wilkens provides an introduction to the study of philosophy by exploring a single key issue from each of the following philosophers: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche and Sartre. The questions considered include Why ask why? Is a just society possible? Is God responsible for evil? Can you be certain of anything? Is morality all about power? Do you really want to be free? Wilkens encourages you not to be a mere spectator but to actively and critically engage the questions and ideas these philosophers raise. Here is a book for beginning students, thoughtful Christians or anyone who wants to explore life's deepest questions.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steve Wilkens, Paul Shrier, and Ralph P. Martin are professors of theology at Azusa Pacific University.

Steve Wilkens was born in 1955.

Steve Wilkens has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christianity & Western Thought
  2. Spectrum Multiview Books

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Must read by Christians. But recomended for ALL!!!  Sep 27, 2005
I know from my personal experience that majority of Christians (whose I met) disrespect philosophy. It's not good position towards philosophy at all!
1) If you're a Christian - you MUST read Steve Wilkens' book.
2) If youre not a Christian, still it's a interesting book.
3) It's written in readable format and language.You will not strugle with terms or confusing expressions.
Finally, I tell you that Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Marx had interesting observations about life, even though not always corect, but WORTH analizing. Go ahead and see for yourself!
A Fine Introduction  Jun 3, 2005
In this entertaining volume, Wilkens portrays the thought and work of ten well-known philosophers (the Greeks, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kieerkegard, Nietzsche, Marx and Sartre), and interprets some of their ideas in the light of the Christian truth. Although I have always believed that it is better to read directly an author than a book dissecting that author's work, this book delivers a good amount of pertinent and thought stimulating insights about the relations between philosophy and Christianity. The book has, among many others, two important virtues: Wilkens lets every author explain himself (by quoting a fair amount of their works) and keeps the discussion simple, yet never superficial.
This book is a well written, entertaining and very practical work, the perfect introduction to some key thinkers just in case you're not planning to read them soon, or just want to give them a chance in an simple and entertaining way. It is a shame that, apart from Sartre, no other 20th-Century philosopher is assessed. It would be great to have a sequel of this book, dedicated to a Christian evaluation of postmodern philosophers (see Millard Erickson's "Truth and Consequence" in that sense).

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