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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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.
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.