Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

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Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Award!

Winner of an Award of Excellence in the 2003 Chicago Book Clinic!

What is real?What is truth? What can we know? What should we believe? What should we do and why? Is there a God? Can we know him? Do Christian doctrines make sense? Can we believe in God in the face of evil?

These are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants answers to. These are questions that philosophy addresses. And the answers we give to these kinds of questions serve as the the foundation stones for consrtucting any kind of worldview.

In Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. In their broad sweep they seek to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They do so with characteristic clarity and incisiveness. Arguments are clearly outlined, and rival theories are presented with fairness and accuracy.

Philosophy, they contend, aids Christians in the tasks of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology. It reflects our having been made in the image of God, helps us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitates the spiritual discipline of study, enhances the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning.

Here is a lively and thorough introduction to philosophy for all who want to know reality.

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Editorial Reviews

Celucien L. Joseph
Moreland and Craig present a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian point of view. Both theologically and philosophically engaging and stimulating. Moreover, the book is structured in such a way that prior knowledge in philosophy is not necessarily required to understand it. I highly recommend it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830826940
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2003
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 389,945
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He also serves as director of Eidos Christian Center.

He has written, edited or contributed to over twenty books including Christianity and the Nature of Science, Does God Exist? (with Kai Nielsen) and Philosophical Naturalism: A Critical Analysis. He has also published more than fifty articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Faith and Philosophy. He is a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.

William Lane Craig (PhD, philosophy, University of Birmingham; ThD, systematic theology, University of Munich) is Research Professor of Philosophy at T albot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is also president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

Craig has published articles in philosophical and theological journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Modern Theology and Religious Studies. He has written or cowritten more than twenty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology and God, Time and Eternity.

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Table of Contents

Outline of the Book
An Invitation to Christian PhilosophyPart 1: Introduction
1. What is Philosophy?
2. Argumentation and LogicPart 2: Epistemology
3. Knowledge and Rationality
4.The Problem of Skepticism
5. The Structure of Justification
6. Theories of Truth and Postmodernism
7. Religious EpistemologyPart 3: Metaphysics
8. What Is Metaphysics?
9. General Ontology: Existence, Identity and Reductionism
10. General Ontology: Two Catagories--Property and Substance
11. The Mind-Body Problem: Dualism
12. The Mind-Body Problem: Alternatives to Dualism
13. Freewill and Determinism
14. Personal Identity and Life After DeathPart 4: Philosophy of Science
15. Scientific Methodology
16. The Realism-Antirealism Debate
17. Philosophy and the Integration of Science and Theology
18. Philosophy of Space and TimePart 5: Ethics
19. Ethics, Morality and Metaethics
20. Ethical Relativism and Absolutism
21. Normative Ethical Theories: Egoism and Utilitarianism
22. Normative Ethical Theories: Deontological and Virtue EthicsPart 6: Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology
23. The Existence of God (I)
24. The Existence of God (II)
25. The Coherence of Theism (I)
26. The Coherence of Theism (II)
27. The Problem of Evil
28. Creation, Providence and Miracle
29. Christian Doctrines (I): The Trinity
30. Christian Doctrines (II): The Incarnation
31. Christian Doctrines (III): Christian Particularism
Suggestions for Further Reading
Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    An Excellent Overview of Philosophical Inquiry

    Moreland and Craig are two of the finest minds in modern Christian Apologetics, and bring to bear the full force of their considerable intellectual skills, honed through years of scholarly and academic works, numerous debates with some of the leading atheistic thinkers of our day, and a plenary of books, articles, and papers. The result is a work that is insightful, crisp, and amazingly readable for a philosophy text--the careful reader will be able to understand the principles set forth here whether or not they have had any formal training in philosophy beforehand. The book does not read like a textbook for the most part, but the subject matter is clearly not for the casual reader. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone looking to understand more about how to think and respond to the ideas set before us in an increasingly postmodern culture.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Awesome book

    Great thorough, and balanced treatment of the major philosophical issues a Christian should know in order to cultivate the life of the mind. Also a good general philosophy book for unbelievers. The section on philosophy of science is very good, as is characteristic of J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig's work. Do yourself a favor and buy several and give them to the people you care about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Where's the founder?

    I found this book to be very disappointing because how in the world can you dicuss a 'Christian Worldview' while barely mentioning its founder! The index in the back of the book tells it all! There are plenty of citations for Aristotle, Aquinas, Plato, etc., but not a single one for Jesus Christ! Can you imagine someone writing a book concerning the 'Muslim Worldview' without mentioning Mohammed? The authors neglected the most vital personage and thus the book fails to deliver.

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