The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts That Shaped Our World
The greatest thinkers of all time are impacting us still. From public-policy decisions and current laws to world events, theology, the arts, education, and even conversations between friends, hi ...more
Dr. Sproul does an excellent job of laying out the philosophies, and in many cases the epistemologies of some of the most influential thinkers of modern civilization. From Socrates to Plato, Descartes to Freud, Dr. Sproul uses enough layman's terms to be understandable, but enough of the philosophical terms so that one can learn what they mean and how to use them. Though Sproul does not come from a Presuppositional mindset, I appreciate the newfound appreciation of philo ...more
My main complaint with this book is that it's not enough. I wish Sproul had gone into more of the consequences of these ideas, not only in philosophy but also in society as a whole. I also wanted more ...more
On this second read-through, I noticed some definite departures from a presuppositional approach to apologetics. This led to the discovery that Sproul is indeed aligned with classical apolo ...more
The chapters in this book are mostly named after a single ...more
The book is only 14 chapters, so many of the thinkers are lumped together and summarized briefly. He does spend time on the bigger thinkers, and his summaries of their ideas are helpful.
I have two primary problems with the book. First, for a book (and this goes along with the videos) called "The Consequ ...more
And I must use that word carefully after reading this book. :) Thanks, Kant.
Sproul is incredible (and dearly missed). This survey of Western philosophy was clear enough to be engaging and accessible while deep enough to require contemplation and pacing. Highly recommended.
Sproul, by way of contrast, is not pursuing a central thesis, no ...more
Going back to the days of Pythagoras, Sproul gives us an introduction to the ideas and theories of many of the greatest thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and others. We watch as a world where theology and philosophy are the chief sciences gives way to thinkers who seek to remove theolog ...more
Instead, I got more of an introduction to 'some' of the 'names' in the history of philosophy, but barely an adequate concept of what they contributed to western know ...more
Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Fla. He was founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine.
Ligonier Ministries began in 1971 as the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pa. In an effort t...more
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The metaphor of light is instructive. In our present earthly state we are equipped with the faculty of sight. We have eyes, optic nerves, and so forth- all the equipment needed for sight. But a man with the keenest eyesight can see nothing if he is locked in a totally dark room. So just as an external source of light is needed for seeing, so an external revelation from God is needed for knowing.
When Augustine speaks of revelation, he is not speaking of Biblical revelation alone. He is also concerned with "general" or "natural" revelation. Not only are the truths in Scripture dependent on God's revelation, but all truth, including scientific truth, is dependent on divine revelation. This is why Augustine encouraged students to learn as much as possible about as many things as possible. For him, all truth is God's truth, and when one encounters truth, one encounters the God whose truth it is.”