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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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  • 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)

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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Table of Contents

Socrates in the City Eric Metaxas vii

Belief in God in an Age of Science John Polkinghorne 1

Making Sense out of Suffering Peter Kreeft 37

The Importance of Fatherhood Paul Vitz 77

Can an Atheist Be a Good Citizen? Richard John Neuhaus 105

Who are We? C. S. Lewis and the Question of Man Jean Bethke Elshtain 131

The Good Life: Seeking Purpose, Meaning, and Truth in Your Life Charles W. Colson 159

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense N. T. Wright 193

The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World Alister McGrath 235

The Case for Civility-and Why Our Future Depends on It Os Guinness 269

The Language of God: A Believer Looks at the Human Genome Francis S. Collins 297

How Good Confronts Evil: Lessons from the Life and Death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Eric Metaxas 327

Acknowledgments 359

Speaker Biographies 361

Selected Published Works 369

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Fans of Eric Metaxas will enjoy his witty introductions of the v

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Audio version brings it to life

    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.

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