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When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought [Paperback]

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Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2009
Publisher   IVP Academic
ISBN  0830829237  
EAN  9780830829231  

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John Mark Reynolds's book When Athens Met Jerusalem provides students a well-informed introduction to the intellectual underpinnings of Western civilization and highlights how certain intellectual trends are eroding those very foundations.

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Christian theology shaped and is shaping many places in the world, but it was the Greeks who originally gave a philosophic language to Christianity. John Mark Reynolds's book When Athens Met Jerusalem provides students a well-informed introduction to the intellectual underpinnings (Greek, Roman and Christian) of Western civilization and highlights how certain current intellectual trends are now eroding those very foundations. This work makes a powerful contribution to the ongoing faith versus reason debate, showing that these two dimensions of human knowing are not diametrically opposed, but work together under the direction of revelation.

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John Mark Reynolds (PhD, University of Rochester) is the founder and former director of the Torrey Honors Institute and associate professor of philosophy at Biola University. He has also taught philosophy at Roberts Wesleyan College, Whitworth College, and Saint John Fisher College. He lectures frequently on ancient philosophy and cultural trends. Reynolds and his wife, Hope, have four children.

Roger Overton (MA, Talbot School of Theology) is a PhD candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary studying systematic theology. Roger and his wife, Jennifer, live in Long Beach, California.

Joe Carter (MBA, Marymount University) is an editor for the Gospel Coalition, a senior editor at the Acton Institute, a communications specialist for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife, Misty.

Fred Sanders (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is professor of theology at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. Sanders is the author of The Deep Things of God and blogs at

Mark D. Roberts (PhD, Harvard University) is a pastor, author, retreat leader, speaker, and blogger. He is the senior director and scholar in residence for Laity Lodge, a multifaceted ministry in the Hill Country of Texas. He was previously the senior pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in Irvine, California. Mark also serves on the editorial board of Worship Leader magazine, where he publishes articles and reviews, including his regular column Lyrical Poetry. Mark and his wife, Linda, have two children.

John Mark Reynolds was born in 1963.

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Great intro to philosophy; Christian worldview  May 31, 2010
I know absolutely zip about philosophy & this was a relatively "gentle" & respectful introduction to that field of thought. Whenever I come away from a book that I feel has taught me a new & deeper perspective I feel enriched & this book definitely was one that did so.
Highlights  May 15, 2010
This book is very relevant to a study of Greek thought and philosophy. At it's introduction, the book establishes its purpose and framework. From there the book moves into a simple, easily-understood history of Greek thought and attitudes towards philosophy. Throughout this section of the book, the author adds small bits of personal and Christian perspective to bring forward fundamental likenesses between Christian and Classic thought. Toward the end of the book, the author wraps up the essential points of the book and impresses on the reader the negative consequences of divorcing reason and faith, all the while encouraging reconciliation.

The book is written in a very simple style which is also quite easy to understand. While ideal for a newcomer to studies of classical thought, I expect that most of this book would be a review for those who have had modest encounters with similar material. The Christian perspective of this book is apparent but small. I had anticipated more references to Church history and synthesis of reason and faith, but overall, the book was thought-provoking and pertinent in a postmodern civilization increasingly attempting to understand her roots.
When Athens Met Jerusalem (by John Mark Reynolds)  Mar 10, 2010
REVIEW OF WHEN ATHENS MET JERUSALEM authored by John Mark Reynolds

I appreciated reading this book.

I found it very readable and clear. His writing is insightful in this exploration of Greek philosophical thinking (Athens) and Judeo-Christian convictions (Jerusalem.)

His introduction points to the debt our Western civilization owes to Greek thinking being informed by Judeo-Christian convictions (Athens meeting Jerusalem.) Insightfully in the introduction, he points to our present cultural temptation to jettison knowledge or even an interest in either Athens or Jerusalem.

In the main work, Dr. Reynolds explores delightfully the history of Greek thinking from Homer to Plato. He really shines in his discussion of Socrates and Plato. Though I was a science major in college, I did have to read some Plato. I never read the Phaedo, Republic or Timaeus, because I had the impression they were dense, difficult and time-consuming. But Dr. Reynolds opens these works up wonderfully in an engaging, bright way. I think it is the clearest, most insightful treatment of Plato that I have read. I wish I had had something like this when I was going through college.

The book then looks some at Aristotle and later Greek philosophers around the time of Christ, including a short section on the apostle Paul. In his Postscript, Dr. Reynolds reviews the historical progression of Greek thinking with its limitations and stagnation. He points to the deep solutions that connect with the coming of Christ.

Dr. Reynolds is smart, brilliant and knowledgeable. It was a worthwhile pleasure reading this work. I would think this book would be of value to teachers, ministers, students, philosophy buffs, as well as any wishing to expand their horizons by "going forward to the past" to make more sense of the present.

I hope he writes a second book that will explore even further how Christianity has deeply influenced Western Civilization and indeed, our present world.

I appreciate the author's pensive, perceptive and at times almost poetic work. For me this is one of those books that will stay in my study where I will refer to it further to savor and digest its insights.

Philosophy and Theology  Jan 1, 2010
Reynolds employs a whimsical eloquence which belies his daunting subject, namely tackling the tenuous relationship between the secular epicenter of the intellectual west and the original ground zero of Christianity. What has Athens to say to Jerusalem? Why should the church care about the opinions of minds not directly enlightened by divine revelation, with regard to Goodness, Truth, and Beauty?

We are accustomed to long arguments listing the many reasons why the secular tradition of thought and philosophy (Athens) should come to learn the truths of Christian theology (Jerusalem). While it is true that philosphy without Christ is, at best, an incomplete thought, Reynolds, an apologist and scholar, refreshingly suggests that Jerusalem should not pull away from the valuable foundations of Athens' scholastic traditions; rather, that Christians should acknowledge the value of reason to faith. With surprising approachability, the reader is led through the history of classical thought and the development of Western Civilization to examine just how inter-related these two realms actually are; while it is clear that Reynolds has an opinion about his subject matter, his tone is of one leading a discussion rather than a dogmatic approach, silencing all detractors.

"When Athens Met Jerusalem"'s encourages intellectual Christianity to engage in the great cultural debate, and assists us in taking our place in the heritage of the church and the history of the West.
Did not support his thesis  Dec 28, 2009
After hearing an extended interview with John Mark Reynolds on the radio, I thought I was going to get a lesson in how the Greeks provided the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings of the New Testament. Nothing could be further from the truth!
95% of the book is Prof Reynold's exposition on the plots of the major works of Plato with a smattering of earlier philosophers and far too little Aristotle. Then the author followed each plot summary with a couple of paragraphs on why it was relevant to the New Testament.
In the early part of the book, I was optimistic because Prof Reynolds had some interesting things to say about the afterlife and eternity, but by the end I could not wait to be finished with this superficial book written by an intellectual poseur.

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