Readers will be challenged to take the consequences of ideas seriously through this expert survey of history's most influential philosophies-philosophies that continue to shape our lives for better or for worse today.
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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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The Consequences of Ideas Review The Consequence of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World by R. C. Sproul is a 226 page book in the Christian theology genre. It is published by Crossway Books and was released on June 30, 2009. To purchase your copy, click here. 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. My Two Cents The Consequence of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World is an important book in understanding where many of the thoughts that now pervade our culture of thinking originated. Sproul here, as always, provides an excellent history, explanation, and commentary on many of the heavy hitters of philosophy and their ideas. He warns that the content is not always easy to understand, but he takes the time to present the difficulty of philosophical thinking in such a way that every lay-person would benefit from, especially those who interact apologetically with individuals highly involved in philosophy. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I give it this rating because the philosophical content is difficult to follow, yet presented in the best way possible. In addition to the philosophical explanation the reader is given a clear history of philosophy as it occurs in the historical timeline. About 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.
Does anything begin without first being an idea? A thought? How have ideas shaped the world we know today? That’s what R. C. Sproul sets out to explain in this book. Going back to the days of Pythagoras, Sproul gives us an introduction to the ideas and theories of many of the greatest thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and others. We watch as a world where theology and philosophy are the chief sciences gives way to thinkers who seek to remove theology from all thought. As these ideas shift, we can see how they have changed the way societies behave. R. C. Sproul is a noted theologian, and in the introduction of this book he explains that he was a philosophy major at twenty years old. So, he is more than knowledgeable enough in both areas. It’s a great introduction to several of the most notable philosophers throughout history. While Sproul takes the time to explain both philosophical and theological terms, the subject matter can be a bit difficult. Sproul says in the introduction, “This book is written not for philosophy scholars but for laypersons–albeit educated laypersons.” It explains, but never talks down. If the words “I think, therefore I am” have never caused you to stop and ponder, then this book may not be for you. However, if you’re interested in the basics of the history of philosophical thought, this is an excellent start. I received a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes from Crossway.