Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions

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From time to time we all face life's big questions . . .

What is real?How do we know what we know?What is right?Who or what am I?How should we view science and its claims?

And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking, Perhaps what I need is a good dose of philosophy. It's a shame philosophy is so difficult.

Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland understand this frustration and in this book offer help to make philosophy at least slightly less difficult. In straightforward language with everyday examples, they explain the basics needed to understand philosophical concepts and thus bring clarity to discussions of life's big questions.

Students, pastors, campus workers and ordinary Christians will all benefit from this user-friendly guide.

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Editorial Reviews

Stone-Campbell Journal
"The volume will enable a Christian desiring a greater understanding of the nature of logical thought and sound argumentation to better formulate his or her own apologetic and Christian theistic worldview. Not only that, but the volume, if read by a serious unbeliever, could break down some barriers lying in the way of his acceptance of Christ's Lordship."
Ravi Zacharias
"J. P. Moreland and Garry DeWeese have provided a thorough overview of the fundamentals of critical thinking and the contemporary challenges, especially from postmodernism, to the claims of theism. This is a valuable addition to the field of Christian apologetics, and students will find this resource to be especially helpful as they engage competing ideas in the university. This book will challenge you to examine your own beliefs with candor and in the light of counterperspectives."
Lee Strobel
"Here's your chance to learn the fundamentals of philosophy in an accessible, easy-to-understand format. In the end, you'll wonder how you ever got along without this essential foundation to your faith."
Robert Drovdahl
"If you want clear thinking on thinking clearly, this book's for you. Moreland and DeWeese undertake an ambitious project, explaining philosophy to nonphilosophers, with a good sense of subject and audience. Readers receive a working introduction to philosophical vocabulary and concepts in an accessible, applied style. It requires effort (they promised it would be only slightly less difficult!), but the reward is greater clarity on what is real, true and good--a worthy goal for any Christian."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830827664
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2005
  • Pages: 171
  • Sales rank: 753,507
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Garrett J. DeWeese (Ph.D., University of Colorado; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and philosophical theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California.

He has also taught at Dayspring Center for Christian Studies, University of Colorado, Denver Seminary and Institut Biblique Européen (France). He is the author of God and the Nature of Time (Ashgate) and (with J. P. Moreland) Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult (IVP Academic).

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.

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Table of Contents

1. Where Do I Start?
Philosophy and Theology
2. What Is Real?
Getting Started
The Problem of Universals
Substances, Essences and Natures
Modality: The Necessary, the Possible and the Actual
3. How Do I Know?
Kinds of Knowledge
What Is Knowledge?
The Problem of Skepticism
Concluding Applications
4. How Should I Live?
Normative Ethics
Why Be Moral?
5. What Am I?
Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
Philosophy of Mind
Consciousness and Property Dualism
The Self and Substance Dualism
Objections to Dualism
A Critique of Physicalist Alternatives to Dualism
Freedom and Determinism
Theological Implications of the Free Will Debate
6. How Should Christians Think About Science?
Philosophy of Science
Where Do We Go for Help?
She Blinded Me with Science (Scientism)
Theistic Science and Methodological Naturalism
The Realism/Antirealism Debate
Models for Integrating Science and Theology
7. Where Do I Go From Here?
Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
Saving the Soul and Saving the Mind
For Further Reading
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2009

    Too Difficult

    As a beginning Philospophy student I found this book difficult to understand. It was like reading a foreign language and I didn't retain anything that I read. Even the parts that I am very familiar with were written in such a way that I didn't understand what he was talking about. Very poor presentation in my opinion. There were so many words in the sentences that I lost the idea that the author was trying to convey by the time I reached the end of the sentence. Currently I am searching for a book that can help me.

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