The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts That Shaped Our World

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Sproul's survey of the ongoing impact of history's most influential philosophies urges readers to take prevailing cultural mind-sets seriously… because ideas do have consequences.

The greatest thinkers of all time are impacting us still. From public-policy decisions and current laws to world events, theology, the arts, education, and even conversations between friends, history's most influential philosophies have wrought massive consequences on...

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Overview

Sproul's survey of the ongoing impact of history's most influential philosophies urges readers to take prevailing cultural mind-sets seriously… because ideas do have consequences.

The greatest thinkers of all time are impacting us still. From public-policy decisions and current laws to world events, theology, the arts, education, and even conversations between friends, history's most influential philosophies have wrought massive consequences on nearly everything we see, think, and do.

Thus it is critical for Christians to understand the ideas that are shaping them. The greater their familiarity with the streams of thought that have saturated Western culture through the ages, the greater their ability to influence this culture for Christ.

With The Consequences of Ideas, now in paperback, R. C. Sproul expertly leads the way for thoughtful readers. Tracing the contours of Western philosophy from the ancients to the molders of modern and postmodern thought-including Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, and Freud-Sproul proves that ideas are not just passing fads; they endure for generations to come and demand our serious attention.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433503146
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 259,357
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 6

Introduction: Why Philosophy? 7

1 The First Philosophers 13

2 Plato: Realist and Idealist 27

3 Aristotle: The Philosopher 39

4 Augustine: Doctor of Grace 51

5 Thomas Aquinas: Angelic Doctor 65

6 Rene Descartes: Father of Modern Rationalism 79

7 John Locke: Father of Modern Empiricism 91

8 David Hume: Skeptic 103

9 Immanuel Kant: Revolutionary Philosopher 117

10 Karl Marx: Utopian 133

11 Soren Kierkegaard: Danish Gadfly 147

12 Friedrich Nietzsche: Atheistic Existentialist 159

13 Jean-Paul Sartre: Litterateur and Philosopher 173

14 Darwin and Freud: Influential Thinkers 187

Conclusion: Gilson's Choice 199

Notes 205

For Further Reading 209

Index 217

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