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Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics"

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by Eric Metaxas
 

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Following the extraordinary success of the New York Times bestseller Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas's latest book offers inspirational and intellectually rigorous thought about the great questions surrounding us all today.

The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Taking this as a starting point, Eric

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Following the extraordinary success of the New York Times bestseller Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas's latest book offers inspirational and intellectually rigorous thought about the great questions surrounding us all today.

The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas founded a speaking series that encouraged busy and successful professionals to attend forums and think actively about the bigger questions in life. Thus Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics" was born.

This book is for the seeker in all of us, the collector of wisdom, and the person who asks "What if?" Within this collection of original essays that were first given to standing-room-only crowds in New York City are serious thinkers taking on Life, God, Evil, Redemption, and other small topics. Luminaries such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Charles Colson, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, and Jean Bethke Elshatin have written about extraordinary topics vital to both secular and Christian thinking, such as "Making Sense Out of Suffering," "How Good Confronts Evil," and "Belief in God in an Age of Science." No question is too big-in fact, the bigger, the harder, the more complex, the better. These essays are both thought-provoking and entertaining, because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life's biggest questions shouldn't be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.

Editorial Reviews

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“A stunning collection… I can hardly think of any other single-volume anthology with such weighty, clear-headed pieces.” —Comment Magazine

Praise for Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer:

“Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication.”— Wall Street Journal

“Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history, and theology.” --Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas presents a complete, accessible picture of this important figure, whose story is inspiring, instructive, and international in scope.” — Kirkus, starred review


Praise for Eric Metaxas' Amazing Grace:

"A fine and important book." -- Chicago Sun-Times 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525952558
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/13/2011
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for Eric Metaxas' Amazing Grace:

"A fine and important book." -- Chicago Sun-Times

Meet the Author

Eric Metaxas is a bestselling author whose biographies, children's books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into multiple languages around the world. He has been frequently featured as a cultural commentator on CNN and the Fox News Channel and has been featured on many radio programs, including NPR's Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, The Hugh Hewitt Show, and The Bob Grant Show.

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Socrates in the City 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of Eric Metaxas will enjoy his witty introductions of the various Socrates in the City speakers. Though not as funny as hearing him in person, the transcriptions nevertheless convey his sometimes dry, sometimes silly humor. Eric is also a man whose brilliant intellect is guided by his humility, a trait which most great thinkers could use more of. Most of the speakers whose talks are represented in this book also come across as having the humility to admit that their vast knowledge in their respective fields do not make them smarter than God. Consequently, I was taken aback to find Francis Collins in here. Dr. Collins is a believer in Christ, yet he refutes the Word of God that Jesus himself believed. For instance, he believes that the story of Adam and Eve cannot possibly be literal because of his presupposition that evolution is a proven fact and that mankind descended from one-celled organisms over eons. (None of his comments prove any such thing, and it is argued by many scientists that evolution is indeed unprovable.) So he feebly tries to reconcile his scientific "facts" with God's Word by reasoning that, at some point in the distant past, God breathed a free will and moral law into man (i.e., the product of primordial goo), and thus man became the "imago Dei", the image of God. Frankly, I'm offended that a so-called believer can so easily dismiss God's word because science has "proven" it cannot be so. It would have been better to leave Dr. Collins' talk out of this otherwise enlightening and entertaining collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The audio version of this book was so fantastic that I recreated a mock event by inviting friends to come over, pour themselves a glass of wine, grab some gourmet snacks and sit back for 2 hours of enlightenng conversation. We set up 3 home events, rotating homes to keep it fresh and ended the book by taking our final event to a local vinyard where we enjoyed a great meal before listening to the final chapters- savoring every minute of listening. Eric Metaxas ' review of his book , Bonhoeffer was the highlight of this series for me. Delivered with authority and passion Metaxas leaves us speechless. Perfection, that's all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago