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SCM Studyguide: Philosophy and the Christian Faith Paperback – 4 Dec 2018
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This is a very clearly structured and well written survey of the history of philosophy and how different philosophies have influenced Christian theology. Pugh has a real talent for explaining complex philosophical ideas and theories in an accessible and entertaining way. The SCM Studyguide to Philosophy and the Christian Faith will be a very useful resource for anyone studying or teaching the history of philosophy. I will certainly be using it in my classes! (David Law)
About the Author
Ben Pugh lectures in theology at Cliff College, UK, a partner college of the University of Manchester. He is author of the widely acclaimed Atonement Theories: A Way Through the Maze (Cascade, 2014) as well as the more recent SCM Study Guide to Theology in the Contemporary World. He has a passion to make the complex ideas of academics easy to understand for everyone, but without watering them down.
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At this point in my career as an Anglican priest having completed two master’s degrees and about to complete a doctorate, I still benefited greatly from this book that put some ideas and influences in order for me. Pugh plainly presents the ideas of philosophers, ancient to modern, from Plato to post-modernism, so readers ascertain main concepts and shows how these interacted with Christian thought. He paints the big picture but also drills down so that readers grasp the meaning of some practical applications.
The book fulfills one of its purposes that is to equip readers to understand how culture-shaping philosophical beliefs impact how we approach and practice our faith. It awakens readers to see how our theology and ethics can be bent away from genuine Christian faith by enculturated ideas. Pugh defines concepts and elaborates on meanings as he introduces technical words. Throughout the book, there is an underlying emphasis on strengthening readers faith. Pugh offers reflection questions that inspire deep thinking and can lead to healthy discussions.