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Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

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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 ans
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Hardcover, 653 pages
Published April 28th 2003 by InterVarsity Press (first published April 2003)
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Paul
Jan 12, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
This is a great introduction to philosophy in general, the philosophy of religion and Christianity in particular. If the reader masters each section, s/he will have the equivalent (almost) of an undergraduate education in philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. Broad topics discussed are: Introduction to philosophy, Introduction to Logic (very brief and scattered), Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. This is achieved in ...more
Jacob Aitken
Mar 16, 2015 Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it
Time and a second reading, along with various shifts in worldview, can fundamentally alter one's perception of an author. My first experience with Moreland and Craig, Moreland in particular, was *Love your God with all Your Mind.* Despite the title's fluffy, evangelicalish devotional appeal, LYGWALM actually was very rigorous and probably did more for getting my intellectual life started than anything else.

I decided to read everything by Moreland (and Craig). Since *Philosophical Foundations of
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Jamey
Oct 30, 2007 Jamey rated it did not like it
This is a bit like reading Paradise Lost -- but with none of the pleasure -- in that you're watching the contortions of a Christian as he struggles to deceive himself and his naive readers, and you sense that somewhere beneath all this casuistry the guy knows that what he's saying just cannot be true.

A special aspect of the disingenuous hokum in this book and others in its little posse -- the recent Christian "worldview" books, for instance To Every One An Answer by Norman Geisler, or Naming th
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J. Wallace
Oct 12, 2012 J. Wallace rated it it was amazing
Good book that discusses the philosophical biases and presuppositions that impact issues of faith and reason. I also discuss this topic in my book, “Cold Case Christianity” (Chapter 1: Don’t Be A “Know-It-All”)

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
Frank Peters
Jul 11, 2011 Frank Peters rated it liked it
This was a textbook, and therefore not designed for light reading. As described, it is an introductory textbook to Philosophy, from a Christian perspective. The introductory chapters were excellent, and the section on logic was even enjoyable. Section 2, on Epistemology was also an excellent introduction. I found large portions of Section 3, on Metaphysics, to be dull or incomprehensible. But, it is very possible that this was entirely my fault. Section 4, Philosophy of Science was mostly excell ...more
John Kight
Sep 16, 2016 John Kight rated it it was amazing
Together with the disciplines of biblical studies and theology, philosophy is widely recognized as an indispensable model for constructing a Christian worldview. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview accompanies the reality of this statement to the examination room. What is accomplished by such scrutiny? The result is this definitive introduction by two of the most qualified voices in contemporary Christian philosophy, J. P. Moreland, and William Lane Craig.

Philosophical Foundatio
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Doutor Branco
Feb 18, 2014 Doutor Branco rated it it was amazing
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In this book J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig deals with a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective, seeking to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They act in characteristic clarity and incisiveness. The book reflects about the reality of man been made in the image of God, helping us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addr ...more
Clinton Wilcox
Apr 27, 2013 Clinton Wilcox rated it it was amazing
An excellent introduction to philosophy written by two Christian intellectual heavyweights. They don't just review the positions they take, but they review other positions on a multitude of different topics and give them a fair treatment. It is probably not for everyone; those without an interest in philosophy probably won't find it very stimulating. But if you'd like to go deeper in your Christian faith, or if you're just looking for a general introduction to philosophy, this is a great book fo ...more
Christopher
When one thinks about philosophy and religion in America, one tends to think of an intellectual war not too dissimilar to that between science and religion, if there even is such a thing. However, one development in academia in recent years has been the philosophical resurrection of theism as a plausible intellectual alternative. Authors William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland have been at the forefront of this movement and this textbook represents their synthesis of Western philosophical thinking ...more
Rachael
Aug 17, 2011 Rachael rated it really liked it
Keeping in mind the proviso that this is a book written with an orthodox Christian audience in mind this book does an admirable job exploring major branches of philosophy and not without some depth. This is intended for beginners so is accessible, but does delve deeper and with more complexity than most standard introductory texts. A bonus to this book is the exploration of Christian theological themes, the trinity, the incarnation, at the end.

Some drawbacks are that the book casts a very wide n
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Kevin Mudd
Jul 21, 2013 Kevin Mudd rated it it was amazing
The key to navigating the immense amount of information thrown at us and the purported authority that it claims, is good orderly thinking.
Moreland and Craig have put together a tome that if read will put you on the path to discernible, decisive thinking. Since reading this book I have a clearer understanding of my own presuppositions and beliefs and now have the ability to analyse an argument and determine the logic behind it. This makes all the difference when confronted with "experts" who dem
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Jeffrey Backlin
Mar 15, 2014 Jeffrey Backlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, favorites
A broad overview and introduction into the sub-branches of philosophy and the interactions and problems that arise with Christianity's claims.
Bud Hewlett
Jun 26, 2010 Bud Hewlett rated it it was amazing
I guess this would have to be the last of my top five simply because just it and my Bible could keep me occupied on a desert island forever. I have it listed as "currently reading" because I'm always reading it and will never finish. A lot of it is way over my head and as I mentioned in my profile it's caused me to buy a number of other books in order to do some remedial work in philosophy. It has some typoes (sp?)and other errors and I hope that later editions are or have been better edited. A ...more
Brian
Dec 12, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
This is a must-read for anyone with a Christian worldview who is interested in philosophy or apologetics. Craig and Moreland are top-notch Christian philosophers. Though it is introductory, it is also a moderately technical read and will take some time to get through. Some chapters are better than others and I found the logic and epistemology areas better than say metaphysics. But I got a lot out of it and re-read the book in its entirety about a year later!
Ryft Braeloch
Feb 09, 2009 Ryft Braeloch rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in knowing why the Christian faith is superior in every arena of thought.
Recommended to Ryft by: Evan Callicoat
An absolutely indispensable guide to the robust philosophical foundations of the Christian belief system. Examines practically every area of philosophy, from logic to epistemology to metaphysics and more. Compares numerous competing views and clearly shows why the Christian view is superior. It is impossible to overstate the value of this work. I have never stopped reading it since the day it was given to me.
Quentin
Sep 25, 2014 Quentin rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. There is a complete introduction to philosophy in here as well as an overview of some of the important issues in Christian theology. This book helps one see how integrated are one's beliefs in all aspects of one's life. Recommended for anyone that needs to think through their underlying assumptions when accepting certain dogmas-whether religious or otherwise.
Brett
Mar 13, 2012 Brett added it
Shelves: philosophy
Been a long time since I've read this book and my understanding of the various philosophies out there in the world has been dramatically improved/expanded since that time, so I need to come back to this and re-read it before I can give it a proper review.
Nate Frawley
Jul 24, 2011 Nate Frawley rated it it was amazing
IMO this is the best intro to philosophy book on the market. Explained from a Christian worldview, it covers all bases from logic, epistemology, ontology, Metaphysics, ethic and ect. Really good starting point.
Matt
Dec 11, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive coverage of Philosophical issues from a Christian perspective. Have a look at the Amazon link to view the table of contents - most common philosophical topics are covered inside this book!
Danny
Sep 29, 2011 Danny rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Highly recommended for a thorough (!) intro into philosophy from a Christian perspective. You won’t agree with everything, but so what, that’s the nature of philosophy.
Oushinar Nath
The book's outline is quite similar to that of Moreland & DeWeese's "Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult" and Craig's "Reasonable Faith"
Jeremy
Dec 17, 2009 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Dry...suited for a college/grad level coure. But some of the best work out there at this time....thus the four stars
Arnold Torres
Sep 17, 2013 Arnold Torres rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This is a must-read for anyone with a Christian worldview who is interested in philosophy or apologetics.
Jonathan
Dec 31, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Excellent for Christians who desire to be intellectually engaged with their faith.
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J.P. Moreland is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has four earned degrees: a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M. A. in philosophy from the University of California-Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern Califor ...more
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“In Scripture, faith involves placing trust in what you have reason to believe is true. Faith is not a blind, irrational leap into the dark. So faith and reason cooperate on a biblical view of faith. They are not intrinsically hostile.” 1 likes
“We start by trusting our reason. But, later, we encounter skeptical arguments against that trust and so we stop trusting reason. But once we do this, we no longer have any reason to accept the skeptical arguments themselves and continue our mistrust of reason. At this point, I begin to trust reason again, but then, the skeptical arguments reassert themselves and so forth. We have entered a vicious dialectical loop that, eventually, will reach a sort of intellectual paralysis.” 0 likes
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