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Overview About this title: The authors of this lively and thorough introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective introduce you to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion, and show how such knowledge can aid Christians in the tasks of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology
Publishers Description Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winner of an Award of Excellence in the 2003 Chicago Book Clinic What is real? What is truth? What can we know? What should we believe? What should we do and why? Is there a God? Can we know him? Do Christian doctrines make sense? Can we believe in God in the face of evil? These are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants answers to. These are questions that philosophy addresses. And the answers we give to these kinds of questions serve as the the foundation stones for consrtucting any kind of worldview. In Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. In their broad sweep they seek to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They do so with characteristic clarity and incisiveness. Arguments are clearly outlined, and rival theories are presented with fairness and accuracy. Philosophy, they contend, aids Christians in the tasks of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology. It reflects our having been made in the image of God, helps us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitates the spiritual discipline of study, enhances the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning. Here is a lively and thorough introduction to philosophy for all who want to know reality.
Awards and Recognitions Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J. P. Moreland & William Lane Craig has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2004 Winner - Reference/Commentaries category
Citations And Professional Reviews Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J. P. Moreland & William Lane Craig has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 09/01/2007 page 101
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More About J. P. Moreland & William Lane Craig
J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is distinguished professor of philosophy at Biola University. He is an author of, contributor to, or editor of over ninety books, including The Soul: How We Know It's Real and Why It Matters.
Stephen Meyer (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the director of the Discovery Institute's Center of Science and Culture. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Darwin's Doubt and Signature in the Cell.
Chris Shaw (PhD, Queen's University, Belfast) is professor of drug discovery in the school of pharmacy at Queen's University in Belfast. He is the author of hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and the cofounder of a biomarker discovery company.
Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books.
J. P. Moreland has an academic affiliation as follows - Talbot School of Theology. La Mirada Talbot School of Theology, La Mir.
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Use this book as a reference, but do buy it Jan 9, 2007
This fine book by JP Moreland gets 4 stars simply because it is, paradoxically, a bit too excellent. Every topic is plumbed to a depth that all but the most serious student would find taxing. This is especially true in the sections on ethics and logic. For this reason, it is best thought of as a reference book or a text for a course of fairly rigorous study. I would not describe this book as "introductory" although it is possible for the uninitiated to read (albeit slowly).
The topics are well organized, and there is a wealth of relevant quotations from primary sources. Important terms are defined, and chapters are recapped at the end. The layout is inviting, and it is easy to skim through and find specific information that you want to know. The writing style is very readable, which is not often the case in philosophy texts. Arguments are strong and well-supported, as one might expect.
This is an important book, and may even be the definitive text on the subject. It should be required study for clergy and anyone who claims to be a Christian intellectual. It is not "armchair reading", although I did read it in my recliner. I think I would have been very intimidated if I had approached this book with zero background in the subject, even though I have multiple letters after my name. I would love to see a condensed version that would be a bit more accessable to students and the general Christian reader.
Six stars, a one of a kind masterpiece Aug 9, 2006
This book is an excellent introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective by two of the world's leading evangelical philosophers. This textbook covers everything from epistemology to metaphysics to philosophy of science to ethics to philosophy of religion. Craig and Moreland divide it up according to their specialties: Craig does most of the epistemology and philosophy of religion (and philosophy of space/time), while Moreland writes about metaphysics and philosophy of science. The book is written for those with no expereince in the field, though by no means is it a light fireside books.
This comprehensive and thorough book acts partly as an introduction to philosophy and partly as an apologetic for the Christian worldview (this is evident in the chapters on God's existence, the coherence of theism, and substance dualism). Keywords are bolded, and each chapter has a useful summary at the end. There is also a helpful bibliography for further, more in depth, reading.
If I was forced to say anything less than bubbly about it, I would say that at times, Craig and Moreland act like their specific view (for Moreland, substance dualism, for Craig, Molinism and God's omnitemporality) are the Christian view, when, in fact, there is dissent among Christian thinkers. Even though I agree with Craig and Moreland, I still think they should have been more up front about that. (Though, in all fairness, Moreland does make that point in his chapter on free will.) However, this is fairly minor and does not prevent the book from getting an A+ from me.
If you can only have one book on Christian philosophy, this is definitely the one to get.
Hands down, the best introduction to philosophy Aug 3, 2006
I've read about a dozen introductory books on philosophy and this is hands down the best. My only regret is that I did not find this book sooner - it would have saved me a lot of time. Rigorous and thorough (almost to a fault), this book demands a large investment of your time, energy and concentration, but it will be worth it.
Part I: Skim this. The 'What is Philosophy' discussions are more rewarding for people who already know some philosophy. And the section on logic is just too difficult of a subject for a one chapter summary, I fear it will discourage many readers. Give it a try, but move on rather than get stuck. If you do want an accessible introduction to logic, I recommend 'An Introduction to Logic' by Harry Gensler. Download the logicola software and do the exercises.
Parts II, III, IV: In my opinion, these are the heart of the book. Work hard on these sections and take good notes for the sake of your comprehension. The authors present the best comparison of the correspondence versus the coherence theories of truth I've seen, as well as a great introduction to Alvin Plantinga's reformed epistemology. The section on metaphysics is equally strong, particularly their discussion of ontology, which I'd always found confusing in the past. They swayed me from nominalism to realism.
Part V: A demanding primer on ethical systems that is probably too tough for beginners. For those who want a gentler introduction I would recommend 'Ethics: a Contemporary Introduction' by Harry Gensler, who is a Christian philosopher who applies logical analysis to ethics, and who once debated Peter Singer.
Part VI: You would expect compelling arguments for the existence of God by two Christians known for winning debates with atheists, and the book does not disappoint. There have an accessible summary of the two main evidential arguments for the existence of God: the kalam cosmological argument and the teleological argument. For those who want to go further, check out 'God and Design' by Neil Manson and 'Atheism, Theism, and Big Bang Cosmology' by William Lane Craig. They are both debate-style books in which each side contributes.
This is a demanding book and it might be overwhelming for your first pass through philosophy. If you want to get a couple books under your belt, then try 'Faith and Reason' by Ronald Nash. It has a much friendlier, plain English style. Histories are a good way to become familiar with philosophy, so the 'Christianity and Western Thought' will provide some good background material (but nothing current, of course).
Academic Introduction Jun 21, 2006
In Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive introduction to the study of philosophy from a Christian perspective. In their broad overview they seek to introduce readers to the principal divisions of philosophy, including: ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of religion. They write with their characteristic clarity and insightfulness. Their arguments are clearly outlined, and they present competing theories with fairness and accuracy.
A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. J. P. Moreland is currently the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California and a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture. He has written, edited and contributed to over twenty books with publishers ranging from academic presses of Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Wadsworth to the more Evangelical presses of Zondervan and InterVarsity Press. Among Dr. Moreland's books are Christianity and the Nature of Science, Scaling The Secular City, Does God Exist? (with Kai Nielsen) and Philosophical Naturalism: A Critical Analysis. He has also published more than fifty articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, MetaPhilosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Faith and Philosophy.
A graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity Schools with M.A. degrees in Church History and the Philosophy of Religion, Dr. William Lane Craig earned his advanced degrees at University of Birmingham and the University of Munich. Dr. Craig is the Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He has written or co-written more than twenty books, including: The Kalam Cosmological Argument, Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom, Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology and God, Time and Eternity. He has published articles in philosophical and theological journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Modern Theology and Religious Studies. Dr. Craig is also a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture.
This text is geared toward the new student of philosophy or Christianity who has a limited background in the issues at hand. For a very reasonable price, this is a good source of information best suited for graduate students or lay readers with rhetorical sophistication. Some of the articles can be quite advanced, employing a daunting vocabulary, but while this might make for a challenging read, it will only aid students in expanding their knowledge. Moreland and Craig's writing is concise, yet very thorough. The work is extremely well organized and chapters flow perfectly as each section compliments the next. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview is one of the best introductory texts on philosophy written in quite a while. The textbook is comprised of six sections; the introduction discusses philosophy and the basics of argumentation and logic. The next segment, Epistemology, covers rationality, the problem of skepticism and rival theories of truth. Issues such as mind-body dualism, as well as human freewill vs. divine predestination, are addressed in the third chapter, Metaphysics. Philosophy of Science is the fourth chapter and has a nice summary of the scientific method as well as the integration of science and religion. Part five, Ethics, deals with the basic questions of morality, virtues and ethics and contains a comparison of relativism with absolutism. Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology is the last section covering arguments for the existence of God and the possibility of miracles.
This important new book is a guide intended for use as a textbook in courses on philosophy of religion. It aims to bring to the student the very best of explanations and arguments on important topics in the field. This text is a great reference tool emphasizing the Christian perspective; it offers some first rate introductions, explanations and provides the reader a list of suggested titles for further study. The only downfall, if you could call it that, is the fact that this text written from a decidedly Christian point of view. This should come as no surprise give both Dr. Moreland and Dr. Craig are known as contemporary Christian apologists. Someone who is looking for a text that is a collection of viewpoints or all inclusive in its approach may be disappointed with the authors' presentation. Yet in spite of its slant, it would make an outstanding primary text for an upper division undergraduate or graduate course in philosophy of religion. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview would be a valuable addition to the library of anyone who is interested in the subject of philosophy or Christianity.
Extremely Difficult and Totally Worth Your Time! Mar 24, 2006
To begin I must comment that before entering college I studied no logic of any kind whatsoever. I tend to be a rather emotional person and had this feeling like I was destined to be that way forever. Enter Dr. Rapinchuk...my first religion professor, who everyone tends to refer to as a "brain." He challenged every presupposition I had ever had about my Christianity and forced me to look for more than just feeling reasons for my belief in God. This semester myself and one of my best friends are using this book as the main text in an independent study apologetics class that Rapinchuk is directing for us. I have only one word to describe this book... unbelievable... in more ways than one.
Beginning this book was unblievably hard. I have had one intro level philosophy class and I was glad for that. There are a lot of new and confusing terms in this book. If you learn the terms, the book gets much easier as you go along, so that after you are about 6 chapters in you may finally be able to say, "That was an easy chapter."
Reading this book is of unbelievable worth. Moreland and Craig are positively amazing apologists. They understand their subject matter and do a fantastic job of explaining it. Every issue that they address is extremely well covered. They bring up an amazing number of arguments against their points and then show how they can be defeated, creating amazingly strong positions. They begin with the basics, so it is important not to dive into this book in the middle. However, we read the first 7 chapters for class and then have had some specific apologetics questions such as, "Does God Exist?" which is covered later in the book, and I was able to read and understand those chapters having read the basics already. However, the format is logical, and it is best to read the book from beginning to end.
I pray that this type of work will become more prevalent and that more schools will require this type of reading. Moreland and Craig are fighting a battle for our minds, a very important battle which we have been losing until now. I think the most important message of this book is that faith and reason are not separate. Reason provides a strong foundation on which to base one's faith in God.