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A Faithful Guide to Philosophy: A Christian Introduction to the Love of Wisdom Paperback – 26 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil) is a philosopher and apologist with several books to his name and a particular expertise in working with students. In addition to working with the Damaris Trust, Peter is Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Norway. He has authored A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism: God Is Not Dead (Paternoster, 2009); I Wish I Could Believe In Meaning: A Response To Nihilism (Damaris, 2004); The Case For Angels (Paternoster, 2002) and The Case For God (Monarch, 1999).
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examples of different viewpoints. He is always clear and can summarize difficult philosophical questions very well. Perhaps the major theme of the book is a well-reasoned critique of materialism. Materialists often sit on two chairs when they discuss basic philosophical problems. They are materialists at laboratories but believe free will at home. I recommend this book strongly.
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While the book comes from a Christian perspective, it's a must-read for anyone interested in the above topics. Williams engages in a scholarly way with the so-called 'new atheists' along with other scholars - both atheist and theist and draws on a wide range of literature in discussing all the issues in the book. He is an expert on logical argumentation and, all the way through the book, maps out and explores arguments for and against various positions with the ability to critique arguments on both sides of debate for their validity and soundness.
The recommended resources in the book are astounding. For each chapter there are online videos, articles, and books to follow up if you're interested. In addition to the chapter-by-chapter resources there is a section at the back of the book recommending material on philosophy, religion including websites, video, audio. The endnotes for each chapter are remarkably detailed.
Williams is completely transparent about where he is coming from. In the first paragraph of the Introduction Williams states that the:
... book offers a 'faithful guide to philosophy' both in the sense that I seek to present my subject accurately and that I write as a philosopher who follows Jesus of Nazareth.
In my opinion both of these objectives are achieved. It's a rigorous, respectful, engaging, and scholarly approach to the questions it covers. An excellent book!
While some sections of the book may prove difficult for newcomers, the reading is generally easy due to Williams’ ability to put the complex across in a form that everyone can understand and of course the fact that he is unafraid to use humour when appropriate. Subjects covered include the fundamentals of argumentation, arguments for God, mind-body dualism and aesthetics. There is more than enough here to make reading both intellectually stimulating and enjoyable. Peter S. Williams is no doubt one of the best young Christian philosophers in the world today and such is clearly demonstrated in this publication. For those who want to delve more into arguments for the existence of God, his book ‘The Case for God’ should be strongly considered, as it is of a similarly high quality.