Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 20, 2009 - Religion - 170 pages
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From time to time we all face life's big questions . . .
  • What is real?
  • How do we know what we know?
  • What is right?
  • Who or what am I?
  • How should we view science and its claims?
And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking, Perhaps what I need is a good dose of philosophy. It's a shame philosophy is so difficult. Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland understand this frustration and in this book offer help to make philosophy at least slightly less difficult. In straightforward language with everyday examples, they explain the basics needed to understand philosophical concepts and thus bring clarity to discussions of life's big questions. Students, pastors, campus workers and ordinary Christians will all benefit from this user-friendly guide.
 

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User Review  - Derrick - Christianbook.com

This is supposed to be an introduction to Philosophy, but just dives right into terms that are not explained. From the unexplained terms a foundation is built and the reader is kind of left hanging ... Read full review

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This text is scholarly, well-written, thorough within its scope, but not a quick study. To absorb and apply all its information would require more extensive study for even the above average student ... Read full review

Contents

Where Do I Start?
9
LOGIC
11
METHOD
23
PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY
24
What Is Real? Metaphysics
27
GETTING STARTED
28
THE PROBLEM OF UNIVERSALS
29
IDENTITY
39
CONSCIOUSNESS AND PROPERTY DUALISM
107
THE SELF AND SUBSTANCE DUALISM
112
OBJECTIONS TO DUALISM
117
A CRITIQUE OF PHYSICALIST ALTERNATIVES TO DUALISM
120
FREEDOM AND DETERMINISM
123
THEOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE FREE WILL DEBATE
128
How Should Christians Think About Science? Philosophy of Science
131
WHERE DO WE GO FOR HELP?
133

SUBSTANCES ESSENCES AND NATURES
41
THE NECESSARY THE POSSIBLE AND THE ACTUAL
48
How Do I Know? Epistemology
53
KINDS OF KNOWLEDGE
54
WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE?
56
THE PROBLEM OF SKEPTICISM
74
CONCLUDING APPLICATIONS
77
How Should I Live? Ethics
79
METAETHICS
81
NORMATIVE ETHICS
90
WHY BE MORAL?
102
What Am I? Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
105
SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE SCIENTISM
134
THEISTIC SCIENCE AND METHODOLOGICAL NATURALISM
138
THE REALISMANTIREALISM DEBATE
149
MODELS FOR INTEGRATING SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY
151
Where Do I Go from Here? Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
155
SAVING THE SOUL AND SAVING THE MIND
156
For Further Reading
161
Notes
165
Subject Index
169
Scripture Index
171
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Garrett J. DeWeese (Ph.D., University of Colorado; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and philosophical theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He has also taught at Dayspring Center for Christian Studies, University of Colorado, Denver Seminary and Institut Biblique Européen (France). He is the author of God and the Nature of Time (Ashgate) and (with J. P. Moreland) Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult (IVP Academic).

J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is the author or coauthor of over thirty-five books, including Kingdom Triangle, Scaling the Secular City, Consciousness and the Existence of God, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, In Search of a Confident Faith, Love Your God With All Your Mind, The God Question, and Body and Soul. In his distinguished career, Moreland has co-planted three churches, spoken and debated on over 175 college campuses around the country, and served with Campus Crusade for Christ for ten years. The founder and director of Eidos Christian Center, he also previously served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Moreland's ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the New Scientist, Christianity Today, PBS's "Closer to Truth," and WORLD magazine.

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