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Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans: An Introduction to Key Thinkers and Philosophies Paperback – 1 Jan 2004


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"Steve Wilkens reliably and accessibly communicates the views of some of the great philosophers and distills their sober and sound wisdom for Christians. A healthy antidote to all who believe that their own theologies have cornered the market on truth."--Kelly James Clark, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College, and author of Philosophers Who Believe

"Anyone who wonders whether philosophers might actually have something to teach Christians should read this book. Wilkens does a masterful job of clearly explaining some of the most influential philosophers, carefully unpacking the implications of their thought, and evenhandedly assessing their respective strengths and weaknesses. And ultimately, he demonstrates that each of these philosophers does indeed have something to teach us."--Bruce Ellis Benson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College, and author of Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida and Marion on Modern Idolatry

About the Author

Steve Wilkens (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University. His books include Hidden Worldviews, Faith and Reason: Three Views, Christianity & Western Thought (volumes 2 and 3) and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource! 11 Nov. 2013
By Doug Hibbard - Published on Amazon.com
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I am, unashamedly, a Christian. A right-wing, conservative lunatic, raving crazy Bible-is-always-right kind of Christian. Inherent in this is the assumptive belief that if we only had the Bible, we would be okay. I firmly support having more than the Bible for learning, but the Bible sits on the top of the stack.

All good ideas in history, though, do not come from the Bible alone. Steve Wilkens Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans plunges into ten people's ideas who can, at best, be considered questionable Christians because of their theology. Others are certainly not Christians.

Yet their ideas are helpful. Unlike the classic division phrased by Tertullian of "What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?," we see that Athens, the land of philosophy and pagans, has something useful to say to Jerusalem, the land of the holy.

The pagans involved, such as Plato and Aristotle, contributed great ideas to civilization. The questionable Christians range from Augustine to Descartes. Some will find these less questionable than others, but all have flawed theological moments or behavioral moments. What can one say? They're men.

As you seek to broaden your personal understandings of life, as you sharpen your faith by understanding the world, grabbing Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans will be a great help for you.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read by Christians. But recomended for ALL!!! 27 Sept. 2005
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(I have rewritten this review on 8/18/2008)

This is quite interesting survey of several key philosophers: Socreates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Sartre.
Book introduces reader to those philosophers and their views in interesting way to help reader see how to understand people around us and deal with their arguments.
I remember reading this book couple years ago. It was fun. If you're looking to intro to key philosophers from Christian perspective, this is a fine book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read! Great buy. 14 April 2015
By Tasha DeWitt - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book for an easy understanding of philosophical concepts. I didn't even realize my professor wrote this until after I started reading!
4.0 out of 5 stars My high schooler liked it 11 Jun. 2016
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I ordered this book for my daughter's class. She really liked reading and discussing the contents in class.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For class 2 Nov. 2011
By Daniel Lamonte Pate - Published on Amazon.com
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This is for one of my classes so it is serving it's purpose. It is also a okay read, simply and easy to understand.
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